San Marcos High School Bobcat Promise

Helping guarantee all San Marcos High School graduates have access to a higher education, regardless of their family's financial resources.

In an initiative to increase access to higher education, Texas State University-San Marcos has developed the San Marcos High School (SMHS) Bobcat Promise. This program guarantees free tuition and mandatory fees for 15 credit hours per semester to new entering freshmen who are graduates of San Marcos High School with a family adjusted gross income that does not exceed $35,000.

Eligible students must apply and be accepted for admission, as well as submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), no later than March 15 prior to the upcoming academic year in order to receive the guaranteed funds. Students may qualify for the program for up to eight continuous long semesters (fall and spring). This program will provide up to the cost of 15 credit hours of tuition and fees each fall and spring semester (an award in excess of $8,800 per academic year).

Under the SMHS Bobcat Promise, tuition and mandatory fees will be paid through a combination of federal, state and institutional funds. These funds include, but are not limited to, PELL Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), TEXAS Grant, Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG), Texas State Tuition Grant (TSTG), institutional scholarships, college work study, etc. The SMHS Bobcat Promise plan will be in effect beginning fall 2009.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the SMHS Bobcat Promise, you must:

  • Be a graduate of San Marcos High School, San Marcos, Texas
  • Be an entering first-time freshman (transfer students are not eligible)
  • Be a Texas resident
  • Have a family adjusted gross income of $35,000 or less
  • Be enrolled full-time and complete at least 15 credit hours each semester (fall and spring semesters)
  • Apply and be accepted for admission, as well as submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), no later than March 15 prior to the upcoming academic year

Disclaimer - In accordance with NCAA rules, current and prospective student-athletes will be awarded on an individual basis. In some cases, certain forms of financial assistance (such as those offered via the SMHS Bobcat Promise) may not be awarded to or accepted by a student-athlete.

 Renewal Criteria

To continue being eligible for the SMHS Bobcat Promise after the first year, you must:

  • Maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 Texas State GPA (reviewed each May)
  • Have completed at least 15 credit hours per semester during the previous academic year (fall and spring semesters)
  • Meet the institutional and program-specific (e.g., TEXAS Grant.) Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements
  • Submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15 prior to the upcoming academic year
  • Continue to have a family adjusted gross income of $35,000 or less

 Any combination of aid, including outside scholarships, will not exceed the cost of attendance.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


 

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Where can I find my adjusted gross income?

Your adjusted gross income (AGI) is found on your tax return (see forms 1040,1040EZ and 1040A). If you are a dependent student, eligibility for the SMHS Bobcat Promise is based on your parents' AGI. If you are an independent student, eligibility is based on you and your spouse's (if applicable) AGI.

Do I need to let Financial Aid and Scholarships know that I qualify for the SMHS Bobcat Promise?

No. Financial Aid and Scholarships will identify all eligible students. You just need to submit a completed FAFSA by March 31 and meet the program's eligibility criteria.

If I am awarded the SMHS Bobcat Promise, will I continue to receive the Bobcat Promise for the remaining semesters?

Yes. Financial Aid and Scholarships will identify all renewal recipients. Eligible renewal recipients need only submit a completed FAFSA by March 31 prior to the upcoming academic year and meet the program’s renewal criteria.

Do courses taken in high school or CLEP courses affect my eligibility for the SMHS Bobcat Promise?

No. Credits taken as a non-regular college student will not count against your first-time student designation.

If I transfer to Texas State, will I be eligible for the SMHS Bobcat Promise?

Unfortunately, due to limited funds, the SMHS Bobcat Promise is available only to first-time entering freshman students.

Does the SMHS Bobcat Promise cover part-time enrollment?

No. Students must be enrolled full time and complete at least 15 credit hours each semester (fall and spring).

Is the SMHS Bobcat Promise available to dependent and independent students?

Yes. The SMHS Bobcat Promise applies to any first-time entering freshman, whether dependent or independent.

Are there academic requirements to remain eligible for the SMHS Bobcat Promise?

Yes. You must maintain full-time enrollment, maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 Texas State GPA (reviewed each May) and have completed at least 15 credit hours per semester during the previous academic year (fall and spring semesters). In addition, you must meet the institutional and program-specific (e.g., TEXAS Grant) Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.

Am I guaranteed funding for tuition and mandatory fees for all eight semesters?

Yes, as long as you meet the renewal requirements and your family AGI is $35,000 or less for the tax year required on the FAFSA.

How much am I eligible to receive from the SMHS Bobcat Promise?

Through this program, Texas State will provide you with up to the cost of 15 credit hours of tuition and fees each fall and spring semester (an award in excess of $7,800 per academic year).

Can I use the SMHS Bobcat Promise toward summer enrollment periods?

No. The SMHS Bobcat Promise only applies to enrollment during the fall and spring semesters.

What if my admission and/or financial aid file is completed after March 15?

To be eligible for the SMHS Bobcat Promise, you must meet all applicable deadlines.

If I enter Texas State as a first-time entering freshman in the spring, am I eligible for the SMHS Bobcat Promise?

Yes. Students entering in the spring will be awarded based on the SMHS Bobcat Promise guidelines. The FAFSA and all required documentation (e.g., Admissions application) must still be completed by March 31.

If I am a first-time entering freshman in the summer, am I still eligible for the SMHS Bobcat Promise in the following fall?

Yes. Freshmen who enter in the summer will be considered the same as new first-time freshmen entering in the fall. The SMHS Bobcat Promise will be awarded for the fall and spring semesters only (not summer). The FAFSA and all required documentation must still be completed by March 31.

What happens to my SMHS Bobcat Promise if my family's AGI exceeds $35,000 on a subsequent year's FAFSA?

If you qualify for the SMHS Bobcat Promise in your initial year but the AGI goes above $35,000 in a subsequent year, you will not qualify for the Bobcat Promise during that year. Regardless, you are encouraged to apply for financial aid each year. If your situation changes in a subsequent year and the AGI is $35,000 or less, you would be eligible to receive the Bobcat Promise again during that year.

Can I use the Bobcat Promise for a study-abroad program?

Yes, the Bobcat Promise will cover the equivalent costs of 15 hours of tuition and fees at Texas State. As required by the Bobcat Promise eligibility criteria, you must be enrolled in at least 15 hours during your study-abroad semester. The Bobcat Promise funds are available during the fall and spring semesters only.