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.
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.
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
- Where can I find my adjusted gross income?
- Do I need to let Financial Aid and Scholarships know that I qualify for the SMHS Bobcat Promise?
- If I am awarded the SMHS Bobcat Promise, will I continue to receive the Bobcat Promise for the remaining semesters?
- Do courses taken in high school or CLEP courses affect my eligibility for the SMHS Bobcat Promise?
- If I transfer to Texas State, will I be eligible for the SMHS Bobcat Promise?
- Does the SMHS Bobcat Promise cover part-time enrollment?
- Is the SMHS Bobcat Promise available to dependent and independent students?
- Are there academic requirements to remain eligible for the SMHS Bobcat Promise?
- Am I guaranteed funding for tuition and mandatory fees for all eight semesters?
- How much am I eligible to receive from the SMHS Bobcat Promise?
- Can I use the SMHS Bobcat Promise toward summer enrollment periods?
- What if my admission and/or financial aid file is completed after March 15?
- If I enter Texas State as a first-time entering freshman in the spring, am I eligible for the SMHS Bobcat Promise?
- If I am a first-time entering freshman in the summer, am I still eligible for the SMHS Bobcat Promise in the following fall?
- What happens to my SMHS Bobcat Promise if my family's AGI exceeds $35,000 on a subsequent year's FAFSA?
- If I am not a Texas resident but am eligible to pay resident tuition rates (such as House Bill 1403/Senate Bill 1528 students), will I qualify for the SMHS Bobcat Promise?
- Can I use the Bobcat Promise for a study-abroad program?