Towards EXcellence, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant Program

How to apply

Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal Application. If you're ineligible to fill out the FAFSA, then fill out the Texas Application for State Financial AidMoney provided to the student and the family to help them pay for the student's education. Major forms of financial aid include gift aid (grants and scholarships) and self help aid (loans and work)..

Deadlines

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Description

The purpose of the TEXAS GrantA grant is a type of financial aid based on financial need that the student does not have to repay. program is to provide grant funds to enable elible students to attend institutions of higher education within the state of Texas.  The grant requires a minimum of 9 semester credit hours of enrollment per term. 

Amount

UNT's maximum award amount for 2017-2018 is $5000. If a student's tuition and fee charges for the term exceeds the amount of their TEXAS GrantA grant is a type of financial aid based on financial need that the student does not have to repay. award, UNT will make use of other available sources of financial aidMoney provided to the student and the family to help them pay for the student's education. Major forms of financial aid include gift aid (grants and scholarships) and self help aid (loans and work). other than loans to cover the additional tuition and fee charge. 

Students must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours at UNT each term for TEXAS grant to disburse.

If a student is not meeting the required number of hours for TEXAS Grant, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows awards to be prorated for a lesser amount in the following situations:

  1. students are graduating, or
  2. students have less than one full term of eligibility remaining, or
  3. the THECB also allows institutions to consider situations where hardship can be documented, (based on Texas Administrative Code 22.231 Hardship Provisions). The following are hardship situations that can be considered:
    • Severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student's academic performance, or
    • student is responsible for care of sick, injured or needy person, and that student's provision of care may affect the student's academic performance.

Eligibility

Students who are:

  • Texas residents
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance (What is a felony or crime involving a controlled substance?)
  • Demonstrate financial needThe difference between the COA and the EFC is the student's financial need - the gap between the cost of attending the school and the student's resources. The financial aid package is based on the amount of financial need. The process of determining a student's need is known as need analysis. (Have an EFC less than or equal to 5430 for initial TEXAS grant awards)
  • Register for the Selective ServiceThe Selective Service Administration executes registration for the military draft. Male students who are US citizens and have reached the age of 18 and were born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service to be eligible for federal financial aid. or are exempt from this requirement

and

  • Complete the HSR or HSA High School program
  • Enroll in a non-profit public college or university in Texas within 16 months of graduation from a public or accredited private high school in Texas
  • Have accumulated no more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual or concurrent courses or awarded for credit by examination (APAdvance Placement; a College Board program that includes offering tests to high school students as an opportunity to earn college-level course credit., IB or CLEPCollege Level Examination Program; a College Board program that offers standardize tests in various subjects as an opportunity to earn college course credits.).

or

  • Have earned an associate degreeThe degree granted by two-year colleges. from a public technical, state or community college in Texas and
  • Enroll in any public university in Texas no more than 12 months after receiving their associate's degree

Continued Eligibility

TEXAS Grant eligibilty can transfer between institutions. Please contact the UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Office if you received the TEXAS Grant at another institution so that continuing eligibility can be confirmed. For more information on this program, please visit the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board TEXAS Grant site.

Renewal Requirements

At the end of the first year, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to be considered for a second year in the TEXAS Grant program.

After completing the second year in the program, you are required to meet the following conditions at the end of every spring term.

  • You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
  • You must pass and complete 24 semester credit hours each academic yearThe period during which school is in session, consisting of at least 30 weeks of instructional time. The school year typically runs from the beginning of September through the end of May at most colleges and universities.

Students entering the program from high school who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 150 cumulative semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for five years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or six years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first.

Students entering the program based on acquisition of an associate's degree who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 90 semester credit hours, until they reach 150 cumulative credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for three years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or four years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first.

Payment

Money is applied to student account once each semester.

Repayment

This is based on University Repayment Policy