Grants

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 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 $5,920 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 $5,233, register for Selective Service or be exempt from registration, and meet one of the following conditions:

An undergraduate student who:
  • graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas;
  • completed the Foundation, Recommended, or Distinguished Achievement high school program (or the equivalent); and
  • enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program at an approved institution within 16 months from high school graduation having not accumulated more than 30 SCH’s (excluding credits for dual enrollment or by examination); OR   
An undergraduate student who:  
  • earned an associate’s degree from a public or private nonprofit institution of higher education in Texas, and
  • enrolled in an eligible institution within 12 months after receiving the associate’s degree; OR 
An undergraduate student who:
  • graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas May 1, 2013 or later;
  • completed the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program (or its equivalent); and
  • enlisted in military service within 12 months of high school graduation and enrolled in an eligible GATI within 12 months of receiving an honorable discharge; OR
An undergraduate student who:
  • transferred into a public university in Texas with at least 24 SCH’s and a minimum 2.5 GPA; and
  • received an initial year (IY) Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) in Fall 2014 or later;
To receive priority consideration for an initial award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:
  • Meet the basic initial year (IY) student eligibility requirements (see section above);
  • Meet the state priority deadline of March 15; and
  • Meet the requirements in at least 2 of the following 4 areas:
    • Advanced Academic Program - 12 hours of college credit (dual credit or AP courses), complete the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), or complete the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
    • TSI Readiness - Meet the Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) assessment thresholds or qualify for an exemption. See TSI Exemptions and College Ready Scores
    • Class Standing - Graduate in the top one/third of the HS graduating class or have a B average.
    • Advanced Math - Complete at least one math course beyond Algebra II as determined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

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) as an undergraduate student who previously received a TEXAS Grant award and has not yet been granted an undergraduate degree.,
  • Documented financial need.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP):
    • At the end of the first year - Meet Institutional SAP. See Maintaining Eligibility.
    • At the end of all years following the first year - 2.5 Cumulative GPA with 24 semesters credit hours in an academic year.

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:

  • A showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student’s academic performance,
  • 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
  • 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.