Federal Pell grant is offered to students who submit the FAFSA, and is based on financial need. The U.S. Department of Education sets eligibility amounts for the Pell grant each academic year, and it is typically offered to students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that falls within a certain range.
For the 2015-2016 school year, the award amount can be from $313—$5775, for students whose EFC is less than $5198. The Pell grant is only available to Undergraduate students, and is limited to the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters.
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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal SEOG if offered to students who are Pell eligible as a supplement to help cover expenses. Funding for SEOG is limited, and not all students who are eligible for the Pell grant will receive an award.
TEXAS Grant (Towards EXcellence, Access, and Success Grant Program)
The TEXAS Grant was established to assist well-prepared high school graduates with college expenses. The TEXAS Grant is available to both FAFSA and TASFA students. There are very specific requirements that must be met in order for students to be eligible for the TEXAS Grant. Priority Deadline is March 15th. Students submitting a valid FAFSA or TASFA application by this date are given priority in receiving awards through the state financial aid programs.
To be eligible for an initial award of TEXAS Grant all students must:
Be a Texas Resident
Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $4800 as determined by the FAFSA or TASFA
Not have been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance
Register for Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement
Be enrolled at least three-quarter time (9 hours)
Freshman students must also:
Have graduated from an accredited Texas public or private high school
Have completed the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program, and
Enroll in an undergraduate degree or certificate program at an eligible institution within 16 months from high school graduation with no more than 30 college credit hours
AND meet the requirements in at least 2 of the following 4 areas:
Transfer students must also:
Have earned an associate’s degree from a public or private nonprofit institution of higher education in Texas, and
Have enrolled in an eligible institution within 12 months after receiving the associate’s degree
Transferred into a public university in Texas with at least 24 credit hours and a minimum of 2.5 GPA, and
Have previously received TEXAS grant at another institution.
To remain eligible for TEXAS grant from year to year students must meet certain academic requirements:
At the end of the first year, students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements:
At the end of the second and subsequent years, students must:
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is offered to students based on financial need and availability of funds. Funding for TPEG is limited, and not all students who are eligible for Pell will receive an award. TPEG is available to both FAFSA and TASFA students.
Mandated Designated Tuition Grant for Undergraduate or Graduate (MDTU/MDTG)
Need-based grants have been made available through state tuition deregulation. Mandated Designated Tuition Grant (MDTU/MDTG) is offered to students based on financial need and availability of funds. MDTU/MDTG is available to both FAFSA and TASFA students.