Toward EXcellence, Access and Success Grant Program (TEXAS Grant)

Program Purpose

The Texas Legislature established the TEXAS Grant to make sure that well-prepared high school graduates with financial need can go to college.

Eligibility Requirements


As of Fall 2014, public community colleges, public technical institutes, and public state colleges will no longer be able to make Initial Year (IY) TEXAS Grant awards to students. 
 

To receive a basic initial year (IY) award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a Baccalaureate student must:

*  Be registered with Selective Service, or be exempt;

*  Have a 9-month Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of no more than $5,430;

*  Be classified by the institution as a Texas Resident;

*  Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance;

*  Be enrolled at least three-quarter time as:

A Baccalaureate student who:

A Baccalaureate student who:  

A Baccalaureate student who:

A Baccalaureate student who:

 

To receive priority consideration for an initial year (IY) award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:

AREA
REQUIREMENT(S)
Advanced Academic Program
12 hours of college credit (dual credit or AP courses), complete the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), or complete the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
TSI Readiness
Meet the Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) assessment thresholds or qualify for an exemption.
Class Standing
Graduate in the top one/third of the HS graduating class or have a B average.
Advanced Math
Complete at least one math course beyond Algebra II as determined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Complete at least one advanced career and technical course, as determined by TEA.

 

 To receive a renewal year (RY) award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:

               At the end of the first year:

               Meeting Institutional SAP Policy

               At the end of all subsequent years following the first year:

               2.5 Cumulative GPA
               24 Semester Credit Hours (SCH's) in an Academic Year
                

Each recipient’s maximum time frame will be monitored to ensure compliance as outlined below: 

Recipient Entering the Program
as a High School
Graduate
Maximum time frame for receiving the grant is the first of:
·         5 years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of 4 years or less;
·         6 years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of more than 4 years;
·         150 SCH attempted while receiving the grant; or
·         completion of a baccalaureate degree.
Recipient Entering the Program
with an
Associate Degree
Maximum time frame for receiving the grant is the first of:
·         3 years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of 4 years or less;
·         4 years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of more than 4 years;
·         90 SCH attempted while receiving the grant;
or
·         completion of a baccalaureate degree.
Recipient Entering the Program
as a Transfer Student
Maximum time frame for receiving the grant is the first of:
·         if 1st award was made out of high school, no more than 150 SCHs;
·         if 1st award was made after obtaining an associate degree, no more than 90 SCHs;
or
·         completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Beginning with awards for the 2015-2016 academic year, a student's eligibility for TEXAS Grant ends once he or she has attempted 150 SCH's or the equivalent unless the student is granted a hardship extension.

 

Award Amount

Maximum award amounts for 2017-18: 

Institution Type

Award Max/Year

Award Max/Sem

 

Public Universities & Health Related Institutes 

 

$9,050

 

$4,525

 
Public State Colleges
 

 $5,666

$2,833

 

Public Technical Institutes

 

$5,496

 

 $2,748

 

Public Community Colleges

 

 

$3,010

 

$1,505

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application Process

You apply when you complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). Funding is limited, so you need to submit your application as soon as possible after October 1st. The financial aid office at each college and university will determine your eligibility.

The private school certification forms are located at www.thecb.state.tx.us/UniformAdmissions on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) website. 

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