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Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant awards are based on level of enrollment and Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Students must meet all eligibility criteria for receiving Federal aid and in most cases must be pursuing their first bachelor's or professional degree. The maximum Pell Grant award for 2013-2014 is $5645.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SFEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SFEOG) is a program for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. At Tarleton, only Pell Grant recipients with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero will be considered.
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time employment to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate need according to the FAFSA. You can earn money to help pay for your educational expenses, but cannot exceed your total FWS award. You will earn at least minimum wage, but the amount may be higher depending on the type of work and skills required. Employment can be on-campus at the school or off-campus, which will usually be at a private non-profit organization or public agency providing services in the public interest. Award notices will indicate the amount up to which you may earn in FWS.
Toward Excellence, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant
The TEXAS Grant is gift aid awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and have completed an advanced curriculum in high school. To be eligible you must:
- be a Texas resident
- have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance
- demonstrate financial need
- have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than or equal to 4000
- register for selective service (if applicable)
- be a graduate of an accredited high school in Texas
- complete the Recommended or Distinguished program in high school
- enroll in a non-profit public college or university in TEXAS within 16 months of graduation from a public or accredited private high school in Texas
- have accumulated no more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual or concurrent courses or awarded for credit by examination (AP, IB, or CLEP)
- have earned an associate degree from a public technical, state or community college in Texas and
- enroll in any public university in Texas no more than 12 months after receiving their associate degree.
Students entering the program from high school who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 150 semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for five years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or six years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first.
The academic requirements for continuing in the program are:
- At the end of the first year, a student entering the program must meet Tarleton's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirement.
- At the end of the second year in the program or later, all students must complete at least 75% of the hours attempted in the prior academic year, have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 24 semester credit hours per year.
The award amount (including state and institutional funds) is equal to the student's tuition and required fees.
Deadline for Transfer Renewal TEXAS GRANT Awards, January 15, 2012
Texas B-On-Time Loan Program
The purpose of the Texas B-On-Time Loan program is to provide eligible Texas students no-interest loans to attend colleges and universities in Texas. If the student meets specified goals, the entire loan amount can be forgiven upon graduation. If this loan is offered to you, the Financial Aid Office will instruct you to complete an application and promissory note online. To be eligible you must:
- have completed a FAFSA and be eligible to receive federal financial aid
- be enrolled full time in an undergraduate degree or certificate program at an eligible institution and
- be a Texas resident or be entitled to pay resident tuition rates as a dependent child of a member of the U.S. armed forces
- have graduated in the 2002-2003 academic year or later from a high school operated by the U.S. Department of Defense or under the recommended high school program from a public or accredited private high school in Texas
- Have earned an associate's degree from an eligible institution no earlier than May 1, 2012
- Persons who have earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible for B-On-Time loans.
- The maximum award amount for 2013-2014 at Tarleton is $3850 per semester.
- A 3% origination fee will be deducted from the loan proceeds.
To maintain eligibility for future disbursements, you must:
- In the 1st Academic Year - make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree or certificate as determined by Tarleton.
- In the 2nd and Subsequent Academic Years - complete at least 75% of the semester credit hours attempted in the most recent academic year and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) on all course work previously attempted at institutions of higher education.
A student may not receive B-On-Time loans for more than 150 hours.
Forgiveness Requirements for the B-On-Time Loan
At 4-year universities a Texas B-On-Time Loan shall be forgiven if you receive an undergraduate degree from an eligible institution and either:
- Graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a four-point scale, within:
- 4 calendar years after the date you initially enrolled in an eligible institution; or
- 5 calendar years after the date you initially enrolled in an eligible institution, if the degree is in architecture, engineering, or any other program determined by the board to require more than 4 years to complete;
- Graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with a total number of credit hours (including transfer hours and hours earned exclusively by examination) that is no more than 6 hours beyond what is required to complete the degree.
Forgiven B-On-Time loans must be reported to the IRS as taxable income.
Top 10% Scholarship Program
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, 2011** and have financial need may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 if they enroll fulltime in a Texas public college or university in the fall 2012 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:
Initial Eligibility Requirements
- Be a Texas resident
- Demonstrate financial need (to be determined by the college or university financial aid office)
- Complete a 2013-2014 FAFSA or TASFA (if applicable) and file by March 1, 2013**
- 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 fulltime in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year college or university in fall 2013
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
Students must enroll fulltime in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year college or university in the fall 2013 semester.
- Students must meet all eligibility and ranking criteria
- Complete a 2013-2014 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.