Grants

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Grants are awards of funds which do not require repayment and are usually awarded based on documented financial need.  A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required.  Visit the Office of Financial Aid 's Grants website for additional information.

Texas Public Education Grant

This Texas grant is awarded to eligible Texas resident, non-Texas resident, and international students both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Awards range from $100 to $2,400 depending upon the student’s eligibility.

Board Authorized Tuition Grant

The Board Authorized Grant is a Texas Grant that is awarded to graduate Texas residents based upon financial need. Recipients must be enrolled at least half-time (6 semester credit hours/semester) in a degree or certification program, unless all regular coursework has been completed and less than half-time enrollment is in professional paper, thesis, dissertation, or an equivalent course. The average award is $1,600 annually. Recipients receive funds by credit to their university account.

TEACH Grant

This grant is awarded to eligible students who enroll in coursework necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. Awards provide up to $4,000 per year ($16,000 total for four-year programs) in grants to students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Graduate students are also eligible for $4,000 per year ($8,000 total). For students who receive the TEACH Grant, but fail to teach at least four years in an eligible curriculum, the grant becomes an interest bearing loan. Eligible applicants must have scored above the 75th percentile on the SAT, ACT, or GRE, or have graduated from high school with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 throughout the academic program for which the TEACH Grant is issued.

To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant as a loan with interest, a recipient must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area, for at least four years within eight years of graduation, at a school serving low-income students.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant Awards range from $400 to $5,775 annually depending upon the student’s eligibility. Awards are reduced for enrollment of less than 12 semester credit hours. To be eligible, applicants must not have received a baccalaureate degree. The Federal Pell Grant Processing Center will calculate the student’s eligibility from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and report this information to the student and to the financial aid office.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

This grant is awarded on the basis of exceptional financial need to undergraduate students who have not received a baccalaureate degree. Awards range from $200 to $4,000 per year.

Toward Excellence, Access and Success Grant (TEXAS Grant)

TEXAS Grant awards pay up to $5,000 annually. Applicants must be Texas residents who have exceptional documented financial need, enroll at least full-time (twelve semester credit hours per semester) unless granted a hardship provision, have not been granted a baccalaureate degree, have not been convicted of a felony or any drug related offense unless they have been pardoned or have received a certificate of discharge by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, have an EFC less than or equal to $4,800, register for Selective Service or be exempt from registration, and meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Are graduates of a public or accredited private school in Texas not earlier than the 1998-99 school year having completed the recommended or advanced high school curriculum or its equivalent, and enroll as an entering undergraduate student not later than the end of the 16th month after the month of high school graduation (Graduates from school districts certified not to offer all college preparatory programs, but who have completed all courses at the high school offered toward a college preparatory program, may be considered); or
  2. Have received an associate degree from an eligible institution no earlier than May 1, 2001, and re-enrolled not later than the end of the 12th month after the month the person receives an associate degree.

Students may be considered for continuation of the TEXAS Grant for undergraduate study up to 150 semester credit hours or six years, whichever comes first, as long as the following requirements are met:

  • Minimum of full-time enrollment (twelve semester credit hours per semester),
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average,
  • Completion of at least 75% of all courses attempted, and
  • Documented financial need.

In the event of a hardship or for other good cause, an otherwise eligible person may receive a TEXAS grant while enrolled for an equivalent of less than full-time. Such conditions include, but are not limited to:

  1. A showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student’s academic performance,
  2. An indication that the student is responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person and that the student’s provision of care may affect his or her academic performance; or
  3. The requirement of fewer than nine semester credit hours to complete one’s degree plan.

Under no circumstance, other than fewer semester credit hours required for graduation, may a person enrolled less than half time receive a TEXAS grant.