State Financial Aid for Undergraduates
The state funds four need-based grant programs. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need. To retain their award, recipients must complete 75% of credits hours attempted and maintain minimum GPAs.
The TEXAS Grant provides need-based aid to eligible students who enroll at Texas public universities within sixteen months of high school graduation, whose Expected Family Contribution is less than $5,430, and who successfully complete the Foundation, Recommended, or Distinguished Achievement high school diploma. Students who have earned an associate degree, transfer to a four-year institution with at least 24 credit hours and a GPA of 2.5 or higher may also be eligible.
Effective fall 2014, community and technical college students are no longer eligible to award initial year TEXAS Grants.
Students also may qualify for the TEXAS grant through one of the following alternative routes:
- Earn an associate degree from in-state college and enroll in an eligible institution within 12 months
- Enlist in the military within 12 months of high school graduation and enroll in eligible institution within 12 months of honorable discharge
- Transfer into a public university after earning at least 24 semester credits with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Eligible students must hold the initial Texas Education Opportunity Grant.
Students receive priority consideration for TEXAS Grant awards if they met the basic requirements, apply before the state priority deadline, and satisfy at least two of the following requirements:
- Advanced Coursework: Earn course credit in math course beyond Algebra II or at least one advanced career and technical course.
- Advanced Programs: Complete 12 hours of college credit, the Distinguished Achievement Program, or the International Baccalaureate Program.
- Class Standing: Graduate in top third of high school class or have ‘B’ average
- Readiness Benchmarks: Demonstrate readiness by meeting the Texas Success Initiative assessment thresholds or qualify for TSI exemption through another qualifying test (e.g., ACT, SAT, Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills).
- To receive the first renewal TEXAS award, students must meet the institution’s satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements. Subsequent awards require students maintain the cumulative 2.5 GPA.
The Texas Educational Opportunity Grant provides need-based aid to students at two-year institutions who have earned less than 30 college credits and whose Expected Family Contribution is less than $5,430.
Recipients of the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant remain eligible for aid for four years, until they complete 75 semester credits, or earn an associate degree, whichever comes first. Award amounts vary by institutional category and credit-hour enrollment.
The award amounts for the TEXAS and Education Opportunity Grants vary by institution type.
Texas will not fund a freshman-year award for Top 10% Plan students for the 2017-18 academic year. However, eligible students may receive an annual renewal award of up to $2,000 if they earn 30 credits per year and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25.
The Texas Tuition Equalization Grant provides financial aid to students attending nonpublic institutions. Eligible students may receive an annual award of up to $3,364 if they earn 24 credits per year and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5.