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Top 10% Scholarship Program

PROGRAM PURPOSE

The 80th Texas legislature created the Top 10 Percent Scholarship to encourage students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class to attend a Texas public institution of higher education. Qualifying students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) by March 1, 2013** and have financial need may be eligible to receive up to $1,500 if they enroll full time in a Texas public college or university in the fall 2013 semester. Students who submit their FAFSA after March 1 will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds have been spent.  Learn more about this new state financial aid program below:

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
INITIAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
  • Be a Texas resident
  • Demonstrate financial need (to be determined by the college or university financial aid office)
  • Complete a 2014-2015 FAFSA or TASFA (if applicable) and file by March 1, 2014**
  • Complete Recommended or Distinguished Achievement HS curriculum
  • Rank in the top 10 percent (as of his/her 7th semester or 6th if the college uses that semester for admissions)
  • Graduate from an accredited high school in Texas
  • Enroll full time in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year college or university in fall 2014
RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS (CONTINGENT UPON AVAILABLE FUNDING)
  • Complete 30 semester credit hours (SCH) in the previous year
  • Maintain cumulative 3.25 GPA
  • Complete at least 75% of hours attempted
ELIGIBLE INSTITUTIONS

Students must enroll full time in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year college or university in the fall 2014 semester.

APPLICATION PROCESS
  • Students must meet all eligibility and ranking criteria
  • Complete a 2014-2015 FAFSA or TASFA (if applicable) and file by March 1, 2013**
  • Student must be file complete, including verification by September 30, 2013.
  • Students will be notified on their financial aid award notification received from the college to which they apply

**FAFSA or TASFA must be processed and cannot be in a REJECT status; a 2013-2014 Student Aid Report (SAR) for the student must be on file at the college or university by March 1, 2013.