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 $6,095 for the 2018–19 award year (July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019). 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. Priority will be given to students who meet the March 15th priority date for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please be advised that the priority deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year is January 15, 2019.
The FSEOG 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 0% of their award.
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 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. Transfer students may be eligible for a maximum of 3 years or 90 credit hours.
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, half time (6 hours) and less than half time (5-3 hours) will receive 0% of their award.
Students must complete 24 semester credit hours per academic year and maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher.
The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is offered to students based on information submitted via a student's FAFSA application and enrollment status. To qualify, a student must:
- Be classified as an undergraduate student
- Be enrolled full-time
- Be a Texas resident
- Demonstrate financial need
A limited amount of funds is available to non-residents of Texas and foreign students. Students that are not eligible to complete a FAFSA are encouraged to complete and submit a TASFA application. Please note that TASFA funds are extremely limited. This grant is offered until funds are exhausted.
The PayDirt Promise, formerly known as the UTEP Promise, covers tuition and mandatory fees for students whose families earn $50,000 per year or less with financial need; whereas previously, the UTEP Promise covered tuition and mandatory fees to students whose families made $30,000 or less. The PayDirt Promise provides students access to attend UTEP without having to pay out-of-pocket for the cost of tuition and mandatory fees.
To be eligible for the PayDirt Promise, students must be pursuing their first Bachelor’s degree and have financial need. Students must be Texas residents and plan to attend UTEP full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester). As part of a student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for this award, students are required to maintain a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) and must complete 24 credit hours within an academic school year [Fall, Spring and Summer]. These SAP requirements apply to all college coursework taken previously, regardless of whether or not the student received financial aid during that time. This includes coursework transferred to UTEP from another institution.Summer enrollment may be necessary to meet the required credit hours per academic year; however, PayDirt Promise funds are not available during summer sessions.
The PayDirt Promise is primarily for students with high financial need whose financial award package is not sufficient to cover tuition and fees. This award is a combination of available financial aid and may include a Pell Grant, other institutional assistance and/or an academic scholarship. The PayDirt Promise is not available to students who are receiving an exemption or waiver for tuition.
January 15th is the priority deadline to receive the PayDirt Promise. This means that the student’s financial aid file must be completed and recieved by UTEP in order for the PayDirt Promise to be awarded. After January 15th, if there are still funds available, this award will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students must meet all eligibility requirements to continue receiving the PayDirt Promise. Students may receive the PayDirt Promise for up to a maximum of four consecutive academic years. This four-year limit includes all previously attempted college credits (taken at UTEP or another college/university) whether or not the student previously received the PayDirt Promise.
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