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Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) for International Students

General Information

The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is available in limited amounts to eligible, non-immigrant international students on F and J visas at the University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College who demonstrate financial need caused by unexpected circumstances. Awards will be made based on a date priority order until available funds are exhausted. Awards will be made in the amount of $200.00 to $1000.00 per academic year.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate financial need.
  2. Document a change in financial circumstances that have created the need for assistance.
    • First year students are required to show sufficient resources to be able to support themselves for one year in order to attend UTB and TSC. For this reason, first year students will generally not be eligible for assistance through this program.
    • To be considered for TPEG –I, the continuing student must document what has changed that created a sudden financial crisis such as the death of a sponsor, a change in the political climate of the home country, loss of employment or the devaluation of currency, etc.
  3. To be considered a continuing student, a minimum of 24 credit hours as an undergraduate (18 for graduate) must be successfully completed at UTB and TSC.
  4. Be enrolled in a program of study leading to a certificate or a degree as follows:
    •  Fulltime Undergraduate = 12 credit hours
    • Fulltime Graduate = 9 hours
    • Provide a written explanation if enrolled less than fulltime.
  5. Be in ‘Good’ Academic Standing and must be meeting Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
  6. Be in good immigration status with a valid passport, I-94 and I-20 or DS-2019.

Application Process

All applicants must provide the following documentation to the Office of Student Financial Assistance:

  1. Complete and sign the Application for TPEG – International.
  2. Provide tax returns (1040NR, 1040EZ) for yourself and/or your parents, as applicable.
  3. Bank statements, converted to US currency and translated into English, as follows:
    • Current checking and savings balances
    • Total amounts of deposits to your checking and savings in the past 6 months
    • Total value of Certificates of Deposit and/or other securities.
  4. A written statement (composed by the student) which fully explains your need for financial assistance. You must explain how you originally planned to finance your education and why you are now unable to obtain the funding for completion of your studies. Provide any documentation that supports your request. Include in your letter any changes in your country which affect you or your family’s ability to obtain the funding expected.




Office of Financial Aid

 Enrollment Center @ The Tower, Main 1.100

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 956-882-8277
Fax: 956-882-8229

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