Grants are money you do not need to pay back if you do not withdraw from your courses.
Students who are in default or overpayments with any federal financial aid program are not eligible to receive any
federal, state grants, or federal direct loans Pell Grant until the default/overpayment is resolved.
The Federal Pell Grant is a
student financial aid program to assist students pursuing their undergraduate degree. The purpose of the Pell
Grant is to provide eligible
students with a "foundation" of financial aid to help cover the cost of post-secondary education. The Free
Application for Federal Student Aid determines the Pell Grant eligibility.
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 already have bachelor’s degrees are not eligible.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Application - American Rescue Plan Act
This application is for students seeking to apply for funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
(ARPA). It is specifically intended for students needing additional funding to assist with educational costs
while attending the El Paso Community
College, such as tuition, books, supplies, transportation, etc., and emergency costs that resulted from the
Coronavirus Pandemic, such as food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.
Federal CRRSA Act Emergency Assistance
This application is for students seeking to apply for funds provided by the Federal Coronavirus Response and
Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA). It is specifically intended for students needing
additional funding to assist with
educational costs while attending the El Paso Community College, such as tuition, books, supplies,
transportation, etc., and emergency costs due to the Coronavirus, such as food, housing, health care, or child
CARES Emergency Aid Grant
El Paso Community College received an allocation from the US Department of Education (as appropriated by the
CARES Act) to create an emergency grant fund for EPCC students. The funds are intended to help students who have
experienced financial hardship
due to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
EPCC CARES Act Student Aid funds are Federal grants that can be used to cover expenses, so you can focus on your
education and meet your academic goals. Students will not be required to repay these funds.
EPCC Reskilling Grant
The EPCC Reskilling Grant is funding for students looking to complete their degree or get additional job
training. Eligible students may receive up to $2,500 extra each semester if they have been impacted by COVID-19
and are looking to advance their
careers, move to a different field, or return to college after some time away.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The Federal Supplemental
Educational Opportunity 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 by the data reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
The Texas Public Education Grant program (TPEG) 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
Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG)
State grant program created in 2000 by the Texas Legislature and administered by the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board (THECB). Annual award (including state and institutional funds) is equal to the student
tuition and required fees.
The THECB determines annual amounts. For more information, visit College for all Texans
- Initial Award:
- Must meet EPCC Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Renewal Award:
- 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Complete 75% of attempted credit hours
- Maximum of 75 attempted credit hours
- 4 year time limit from 1st-semester award
Child Care Assistance
The El Paso Community College Financial Aid Office, working in conjunction with the YWCA, facilitates student
educational achievement by assisting qualified students with child care costs. Some students may qualify for up
to 75% coverage. Students
needing these services may apply for financial assistance to offset child care costs while pursuing a degree.
Services are available from YWCA Facilities.
Federal Direct Loan Program
Register to attend a Loan Entrance Counseling Session
Complete the Federal Direct Loan Registration Form before attending an entrance counseling session (all fields are required). At EPCC, students must attend one in-person entrance loan counseling session every academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer). Select a session convenient for your schedule.
Federal Direct Loan Registration
Attend Loan Session
The Loan Entrance Counseling Session provides information about managing student loans during and after college. Sessions last approximately 2 hours. Late arrivals will need to re-register for another session. All Counseling Sessions are held virtually.
Complete a Financial Literacy Module
Complete the Financial Literacy Module and email your Certificate of Completion to the Financial Aid Loan Coordinator. Further instructions and step-by-step details are provided during the Entrance Loan Counseling Session.
Complete Department of Education Online Entrance Counseling and E-MPN
Students are required to complete and submit an online entrance counseling and E-MPN. Further instructions and step-by-step details are provided during the In-Person Entrance Loan Counseling Session. For a copy of these steps, refer to the Federal Direct Loan Step by Step Process (PDF).
Accept Offered Federal Direct Loans Award
Accepted your offered Direct Loan Award in Banner. Students cannot decline the Subsidized Direct Loan if they are offered both the Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans.
Students do not qualify for a Direct Loan at EPCC if:
- Not maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress; refer to Eligibility Requirements for specific details.
- In default status on a Federal Student Loan.
- A FAFSA is not on file for the current academic year.
- Have met or exceeded the regulatory aggregate limit.
Students need to complete an online Student Loan Exit Counseling Session if:
- Enrollment is less than part-time (less than 6 credit hours).
Refer to the Exit Counseling Guide for
Direct Loan Exit
Counseling Guide for detailed information about rights and responsibilities as a borrower.
EPCC Default Management Plan
- Students must attend an EPCC loan counseling session each year before having a loan certified, even if they have already attended a session at another school.
- Transient and/or undeclared major students are not eligible for financial aid, including Stafford Student Loans.
- No loan or benefits shall be disbursed before the end of add and drop periods for each semester.
- First-time borrowers cannot receive loan or loan benefit disbursements until 30 days after the first class day of the semester.
- For students falling below half-time enrollment or failing to meet EPCC’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) criteria, the loan will be canceled without notice, and any un-disbursed loan funds will be returned to the lender.
- El Paso Community College is a two-year granting institution. Students may only receive freshman and sophomore level loans while attending EPCC.
- Freshman level - Successfully completed fewer than 30 credit hours.
- Sophomore level - Successfully completed 30 or more credit hours.
- Developmental (remedial & ESL) do not count as hours toward student classification. Students requesting a loan while in developmental courses will not be eligible for a sophomore level loan until they have completed and earned 30 academic hours.
- Students in default on a prior student loan cannot receive any further loans or other financial aid until the default status has been placed in “satisfactory” status. Students must provide the Financial Aid Office with written documentation verifying this status. Failure to comply will result in a hold on all student records.
- If a student’s enrollment status drops below half-time, they must complete the Student Loan Exit Counseling process. Failure to meet this will result in a hold on all student records.
El Paso Community College offers limited Emergency Loans to assist with tuition and fees. Emergency Loans are short-term interest-free loans repaid within the same semester provided to existing students meeting the minimum eligibility criteria.
- Not owe prior semesters debts to the College
- Minimum 2.0 GPA
- First-time students are not eligible
- Only one approved Emergency Loan application will be given per semester
Several scholarships are available to qualified students. Some scholarships have specific requirements related to
the field of study, academic achievement, financial need or other criteria.
Exemptions are a type of financial assistance allowing some Texas residents to attend a public college or university
in Texas without paying tuition or, in some cases, tuition and fees.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board lists Types of Financial
Aid - Exemptions.
As a Veteran, you qualify for specific benefits, including financial aid or special tuition rates.
Military & Veterans
College work-study is a student assistance program that provides students with part-time employment. The earnings can be used to help pay educational expenses. Both on-campus and off-campus positions are available.