Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree. Amounts usually change yearly. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,895 for the 2022–23 award year (July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023). The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over the student’s lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding.
The Pell is adjusted based on enrollment. A student enrolled: full-time (12 hours) will receive 100% of their award, three quarter time (9 hours) will receive 75% of their award, half time (6 hours) will receive 50% of their award, and less than half time (5-3 hours) will receive 25% of their award.
The Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship was authorized by the Federal Government under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. Under this scholarship, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination is made. In subsequent award years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship, as long as the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student. To qualify, a student must be:
- Pell-eligible with a Pell-eligible EFC
- Have a parent or guardian that was a public safety officer killed in the line of duty
- Have been less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent or guardian’s death
For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a “public safety officer” is:
- As defined in section 1204 of Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b); or
- A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.
Federal SEOG (FSEOG) is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need who are eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant in the same award year.
Availability of funding is very limited.
This state program provides financial assistance to students with demonstrated financial need who graduated from a Texas public or accredited high school and have no conviction of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance. Students must also have completed the Recommended or Distinguished High School Curriculum or Advanced High School Program or higher to be considered for this program. Awarding of the TEXAS Grant is dependent upon the availability of funds.
Students who are receiving a state exemption or waiver for tuition and fees, such as the Hazlewood, Blind/Deaf and Foster Child Care exemptions, are not eligible to receive any other institutional or state grants/scholarships.
Entering freshmen students may be eligible up to a maximum of 5 years or 150 credit hours, whichever comes first. Students awarded based on the Associate Degree pathway may be eligible for a maximum of 3 years or 90 credit hours, whichever comes first.
The Texas Grant is adjusted based on enrollment. A student enrolled: full-time (12 hours) or three quarter time (9 hours) will receive 100% of their award, if it's the student's graduating semester, they must be enrolled at least half-time.
At the end of the first Academic Year, students will adhere to Institution SAP Policy. Students must complete 24 semester credit hours per academic year and maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Academic Year.
A student who is ineligible for a TEXAS Grant based on GPA, number of completed hours, or total hours enrolled, may be deemed eligible under a hardship provision permissible by state law. In the event of a hardship, a student may appeal for a reinstatement of the student's TEXAS Grant by completing a hardship appeal form, available in the forms section.
The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is offered to students based on information submitted via a student's FAFSA application and enrollment status. A limited amount of funds is available to non-residents of Texas and foreign students who are not eligible to submit a FAFSA. These students should submit a TASFA application to determine eligibility for TPEG. Please note that these funds are extremely limited. This grant is offered until funds are exhausted. To qualify, a student must:
- Be classified as an undergraduate student
- Be enrolled full-time
- Be a Texas resident (or be eligible via a TASFA)
- Demonstrate financial need
Federal School Code: 003661