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Top 10 Percent Scholarship

Program Purpose

The 80th Texas Legislature created the Top 10 Percent Scholarship to encourage students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class to attend a Texas public institution of higher education. Typically, if funding is available, qualifying students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) by a specific deadline**, have financial need, and enroll fulltime in a Texas public college or university in the fall semester may be eligible to receive an award. Students who submit their FAFSA after this deadline will not be awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year due to limited funding.  
 

Learn more about this state financial aid program below:

 

Eligibility Requirements

Initial Eligibility Requirements (contingent upon available funding): 

  • Be a Texas resident
  • Be registered with Selective Service or be exempt from registration
  • Demonstrate financial need (to be determined by the college or university financial aid office)
  • Submit the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to generate the CPS results in a non-rejected status by March 15, 2014, or submit the 2014-2015 Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) to the financial aid office by March 15, 2014* ** if ineligible to complete a FAFSA.
  • Complete Recommended or Distinguished Achievement High School curriculum
  • Rank in the top 10 percent of the high school graduating class (as of his/her 7th semester or 6th if the college uses that semester for admissions)
  • Graduate from an accredited high school in Texas
  • Enroll fulltime in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year College or University in fall 2013 through the census date of the semester. 

Renewal Eligibility Requirements (contingent upon available funding): 

  • Submit the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to generate the CPS results in a non-rejected status by March 15, 2014, or submit the 2014-2015 Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) to the financial aid office by March 15, 2014* ** if ineligible to complete a FAFSA.
  • Complete 30 semester credit hours (SCH) in the previous year
  • Maintain cumulative 3.25 GPA
  • Complete at least 75% of hours attempted

 

 Workforce Bonus Eligibility Requirements (Due to limited funding Bonus awards will not be made in the 2014-2015 Academic year.)

 

 

Eligible Institutions

Texas public 2-year and 4-year Colleges or Universities.

 

 

Application Process

Students must meet all eligibility and ranking criteria
Submit the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to generate the CPS results in a non-rejected status by March 15, 2014, or submit the 2014-2015 Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) to the financial aid office by March 15, 2014* ** if ineligible to complete a FAFSA.
Students will be notified on their financial aid award notification received from the college to which they apply

 

 

Additional Information

  • Eligibility for this program is determined by the financial aid office at the institution. Contact your college financial aid office for additional information on eligibility or availability of funds.

    • To read more about this program check out: Rules Chapter 22 K:  Rules, FAQ’s
    •  **FAFSA or TASFA must be processed and cannot be in a REJECT status prior to March 15, 2014 to meet Priority 1 deadline; a 2014-2015 Student Aid Report (SAR) for the student must be on file at the college or university.

     

     

     

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