Grants

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Two Pell Grants

New Policies

 

Maximum Duration of Pell Eligibility

 

Students who are first-time Pell recipients on or after July 1, 2008 may receive Pell Grants for as many as 18 semesters or its equivalent.

 

Two Pell Grants in One Award Year

 

Effective July 1, 2009, students pursuing certificate or associate degree programs may be eligible to receive up to two Pell Grants in one award year. New regulations will not be applied to summer 2010.

 

During the 2009-2010 Award Year, if student is eligible to receive all or a portion of a second scheduled Pell Grant within an award year.

 

  • For the First Scheduled Pell Grant, a student must:
    • Be Pell grant eligible;
    • Be enrolled at any enrollment status (full-time, ¾ time, ½ time or less than ½ time).  If enrolled less than full-time, remaining Pell balance will be awarded in the 2010 summer semesters;
    • Pell amounts received will count toward life-time aggregate limits, if applicable.

 

  • For the Second Scheduled Pell Grant, a student must:
    • Be Pell grant eligible;
    • Have received 100% of the First Scheduled Pell Grant award;
    • Be enrolled at least on a half-time basis;
    • Pell amounts received will count toward life-time aggregate limits, if applicable.

 

Transfer Students

 

A transfer student may be eligible for a second Pell Grant Scheduled Award after he or she has received all of his or her first Scheduled Award.

 

Effective for the 2010-2011 Award Year, student must also demonstrate academic year progression by completing 24 credit hours.

 

For additional information concerning these new policies, please visit one of our nearest Financial Aid Office.

 Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a student financial aid program designed to assist students in pursuing their undergraduate degree. The purpose of the Pell Grant is to provide eligible students with a "foundation" of financial aid to help defray the cost of post secondary education. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is used to process the Pell Grant. A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to the applicant. Full awards are based on a minimum of 12 hours. Students taking between 9-11 hours will be awarded on a three-quarter basis. Those taking 6-8 hours will be awarded on a half-time basis. Students enrolled for less than half-time should contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. Students enrolled as undergraduates but who already have a bachelor's degree are not eligible.

 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)

The Academic Competitiveness Grant provides up to $750 for the first year of undergraduate study and up to $1,300 for the second year of undergraduate study. The program became available for the first time for the 2006-07 school year for first year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2006 and for second year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2005. The Academic Competitiveness Grant award is in addition to the student's Pell Grant award.

To be eligible for an ACG grant each academic year, a student must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen
  • be Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • be enrolled 6 credit hrs or more in an associate degree program or a one-year or more certificate program
  • be enrolled in the first or second academic year* of his or her program of study at a two-year or four-year degree-granting institution
  • have completed a rigorous secondary school program of study (after January 1, 2006, if a first-year student, and after January 1, 2005, if a second year student)
  • if a first-year student, not have been previously enrolled in an undergraduate program; and
  • if a second-year student, have at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the first academic year.

 

*For Financial Aid purposes, an Academic Year is defined as follows:
First Year = Successfully completed fewer than 30 credit hours.

Second Year = Successfully completed 30 or more credit hours.

 

 Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

This grant is awarded to students with exceptional financial need. SEOG funds are limited, and priority for the award is given to students who receive a Federal Pell Grant with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero. Eligibility for SEOG is determined with the data reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who are in default or overpayments with any federal financial aid program are not eligible to receive a Pell Grant until the default/overpayment is resolved.

 

 Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)

The TPEG program is funded through tuition payments and is available to students who demonstrate a calculated financial need. A student must be enrolled at least half-time (six semester hours or more).

 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Texas Public SIG/LEAP Grant

The SSIG provides financial assistance to students with need attending public institutions of higher education in Texas. Grants awarded through this program are a combination of federal and state funds. A student must be enrolled at least half-time (six semester hours or more).

 

 Toward Excellence Access and Success Grant (Texas Grant)

The purpose of this program is to provide a grant of money to enable well-prepared, eligible students to attend public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education in Texas. Requirements for continued eligibility for Texas Grants can be found here . The priority in making awards is to provide continued funding to recipients already enrolled in the program who are in college and are making progress toward their degrees. Because funding for awards to new students is limited, many students who meet the eligibility requirements will not be able to receive awards in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007.

 

 Toward Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG formerly Texas Grant II)

State grant program created in 2000 by the Texas Legislature and administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

 

Students must complete:

  • a FAFSA
  • must be an undergraduate student
  • must be enrolled at least 1/2 time (6 credit hours) in the first 30 hours
  • must demonstrate a calculated need
  • must be a Texas Resident
  • must have graduated from an accredited high school in Texas, having completed the Regular High School Curriculum
  • must have a family contribution of no more than $2000
  • must meet the program's Satisfactory Academic Progress criterion
  • must not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance

 

Annual amounts are determined by the THECB. For more information please go to: www.collegeforalltexans.com