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Undergraduate Grants

Federal, state, and university grants are available to help cover your costs of obtaining a higher education. These grants are awarded on the basis of financial need, so not all students will qualify. If you are awarded a grant, it is considered gift aid. In other words, you do not need to repay a grant as you would a student loan. Below is a list of the grants offered to undergraduates at Texas State.

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Federal Pell Grant 

Your Pell Grant award is based on the assumption that you will be enrolled for 12 hours per semester (fall and spring) or 6 hours for summer. Your Pell Grant eligibility is based on the number of undergraduate hours for which you are enrolled on the census date for the semester (e.g., 12th day of classes for fall and spring). If you are enrolled in fewer undergraduate hours (as indicated above) on that day, you will be required to repay a portion of your Pell Grant. For 2014-2015, the maximum award is $5,730.

If you are a Pell Grant recipient, federal regulations require you to have begun attending the courses for which you are enrolled and receiving this grants. If on the census class day roster (e.g., 12th day of each fall and spring semester) you are reflected as not attending a course, you are assumed not to have begun attendance for that course. Your grant will then be adjusted or cancelled based on the courses you have actually begun attending.

If you fail to begin attendance in all of the courses for which you are registered, you will have failed to establish eligibility for financial aid. In this situation, you will be required to repay all of the financial aid that you have received.

Students who have received a bachelor's degree or are in a graduate program are not eligible for this award. If during the term you receive a bachelor's degree or enroll in a graduate program, you will no longer be eligible for this award.

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Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant

The Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG) is available to eligible students whose parents or guardians died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 and who are not eligible for the Pell Grant. For 2014-2015, the maximum award is $5,317.

If you are an Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG) recipient, federal regulations require you to have begun attending the courses for which you are enrolled and receiving this grants. If on the census class day roster (e.g., 12th day of each fall and spring semester) you are reflected as not attending a course, you are assumed not to have begun attendance for that course. Your grant will then be adjusted or cancelled based on the courses you have actually begun attending.
 
If you fail to begin attendance in all of the courses for which you are registered, you will have failed to establish eligibility for financial aid. In this situation, you will be required to repay all of the financial aid that you have received.

Students who have received a bachelor's degree or are in a graduate program are not eligible for this award. If during the term you receive a bachelor's degree or enroll in a graduate program, you will no longer be eligible for this award.

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

This federal grant is awarded to students who are working on their first undergraduate degree. These funds are reserved for students who have exceptional need (full Pell-eligible). For 2014-2015, the maximum award is $2,000.

Students who have received a bachelor’s degree or are in a graduate program are not eligible for this award. If during the term you receive a bachelor’s degree or enroll in a graduate program, please contact us as you will no longer be eligible for this award.

Important: This grant is contingent upon the availability of federal funds and will be cancelled or reduced in the event federal funds are no longer available.

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Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)

This institutional grant is awarded to students based on their financial need. For 2014-2015, the maximum award is $4,000.

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Texas State Tuition Grant

This institutional grant is awarded to students based on their financial need. For 2014-2015, the maximum award is $3,500.

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Toward EXcellence, Access, and Success Grant (TEXAS Grant)

For 2014-2015, the maximum award is $5,000. This state grant is awarded to students who are working on their first undergraduate degree.

To be awarded a TEXAS Grant, students must meet the following basic criteria:

  • Be a Texas resident
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance
  • Register for Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA or TASFA
  • Be enrolled at least ¾ time as an undergraduate in a baccalaureate degree program
  • Have not earned a bachelor's degree
     

Students must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • Accumulated no more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual, concurrent or examination (AP, IB or CLEP)
  • Completed Foundation Program, Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program in high school
  • Graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas within 16 months of enrollment in a baccalaureate degree program

OR

  • Graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas no earlier than May 1, 2013
  • Completed Foundation Program, Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program in high school
  • Enlisted in military service within 12 months of high school graduation and enrolled within 12 months of honorable discharge

OR

  • Earned an associate's degree from public technical, state or community college and Enrolled in a public university in Texas no more than 12 months after receiving an associate's degree
     

Priority is given to students who:

  • Meet the basic requirements
  • Submit their FAFSA by March 15th prior to the beginning of the academic year in fall
  • Meet two of the four categories below:
o   Complete Advanced Academic Programs (such as 12 hours of college credit courses, Distinguished Achievement HS Graduation Program or International Baccalaureate HS Graduation Program)
o   Complete College Readiness (achieve readiness threshold as determined by the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) such as THEA, COMPASS, ASSET or be TSI exempt by meeting the minimum score on SAT/ACT, TAKS).
o   Rank in the top 1/3 of high school class or B Average GPA
o   Complete a math course beyond Algebra II
 
You may be eligible to receive a TEXAS Grant as an incoming transfer student if you:
  • Received a Texas Education Opportunity Grant (TEOG) in Fall 2014 or later, have at least 24 semester credit hours and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Have previously received the TEXAS Grant and are currently meeting the renewal criteria.
 

Important: This grant is contingent upon the availability of state funds and will be cancelled or reduced in the event state funds are no longer available.

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If you fail to begin attendance in all of the courses for which you are registered, you will have failed to establish eligibility for financial aid. In this situation, you will be required to repay all of the financial aid that you have received.