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Bobcat Promise


Helping guarantee all Texas children have access to a higher education, regardless of their family's financial resources.

To increase access to higher education, Texas State University offers the Bobcat Promise. This program guarantees free tuition and mandatory fees for 15 credit hours per semester (not to exceed one's demonstrated need) to new entering freshmen 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 January 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 $10,000 per academic year).

Under the Bobcat Promise, tuition and mandatory fees will be paid (up to a student’s demonstrated need) 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.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Bobcat Promise, you must:

  • 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 January 15 prior to the upcoming academic year
  • Have financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA
     

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 Bobcat Promise) may not be awarded to or accepted by a student-athlete.

Renewal Criteria

To continue being eligible for the 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 January 15 prior to the upcoming academic year
  • Continue to have a family adjusted gross income of $35,000 or less
  • Have financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA

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

 

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