Due to limited funding in the program and the institution’s unfortunate inability to fund all eligible students, UTB and TSC does not exercise its authority to make professional judgment calls for hardship requests for students who do not meet the basic program eligibility requirements.
Students must have their program of study declared by no later than June 1st to receive consideration for state grants during an academic year. Students who make changes to their program of study after this date may lose eligibility to future state funds.
TOWARDS EXCELLENCE, ACCESS AND SUCCESS (TEXAS) GRANT PROGRAM
The following information is accurate for students entering the program on or after September 1, 2005.
The Texas Legislature established the TEXAS (Towards EXcellence, Access and Success) Grant to make sure that well-prepared high school graduates with financial need could go to college.
Who can apply? Students who... For an initial award
- Are Texas residents
- Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance
- Show financial need
- Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement
- Be a graduate of an accredited high school in Texas not earlier than the 1998-1999 school year
- Complete the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program in high school
- Enroll in a non-profit public college or university in Texas within 16 months of graduation from a public or accredited private high school in Texas and
- Have accumulated no more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual or concurrent courses or awarded for credit by examination (AP, IB or CLEP).
- Have earned an associate degree from a public technical, state or community college in Texas and
- Enroll in any public university in Texas no more than 12 months after receiving their associate's degree.
Students entering the program from high school who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 150 semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for five years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or six years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first.
Students entering the program based on acquisition of an associate's degree who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 90 semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for three years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or four years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first.
The academic requirements for continuing in the program are:
For awards made on or after 09/01/2005:
- At the end of the first year, the student entering the program from high school must be meeting the school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
- At the end of his/her first year in the TEXAS Grant program, the person entering the program on the basis of an associate's degree must have completed at least 75 percent of the hours attempted, have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have completed at least 24 semester credit hours during the year.
- At the end of the second year in the program or later years, all students must complete at least 75 percent of the hours attempted in the prior academic year, have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 24 semester credit hours per year.
Where may awards be used?
A TEXAS Grant may be used to attend any public institution of higher education in Texas.
How much can be awarded?
The award amount (including state and institutional funds) is equal to the student's tuition and required fees. For 2010/2011, the state amount is approximately: $3,390 per semester for public universities and state college students; $890 per semester for public community college students; and $1,570 per semester for public technical college students.
How can you apply?
You apply for the TEXAS Grant when you complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or other application as required by your college's financial aid office. Funding is limited, so you need to submit your application as soon as possible after January 1 of your senior year. The financial aid office at each college and university will determine if TEXAS Grant is part of the aid package that is offered to you.
TEXAS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (TEOG)
Provides grant aid to financially needy Texas residents who enroll on in a Texas public two-year college on at least a half-time basis pursuing a first associate's or certificate program and who are not eligible for a TEXAS Grant.
TEXAS PUBLIC EDUCATION GRANT (TPEG)
A program designed for students who may or may not be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. Applicants must meet most of the same requirements for a Pell Grant and must show some remaining unmet financial need. Funds do not need to be repaid. Residents, nonresidents and foreign students (both undergraduates and graduates), are eligible for this grant. Applicants must attend a Texas public college or university. Funds are awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are exhausted.