Grants are awarded based on financial need by the Federal Government or State of Texas. This form of financial aid does not require repayment. To be considered for a grant, complete the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). If you are unsure which to use, learn when to use each application.
Federal Pell Grant
Undergraduate students who have not already earned a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate financial need on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.
Students can receive assistance for up to 12 semester hours. Total award received will vary based on enrollment status.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Undergraduate students who have not already earned a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate financial need on the FAFSA are eligible for the FSEOG Grant.
At Tarleton State University, students with zero expected family contributions (EFC) receive priority consideration for FSEOG. Total award received will vary based on enrollment status.
TEACH Grant (For Future Teachers)
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at low income secondary or elementary school(s).
To be considered for a TEACH grant, you must be formally admitted to one of the following TEACH Grant eligible programs of study at Tarleton State University:
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Teacher Education
- Bachelor of Science in Secondary Teacher Education
- Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction
TEACH Grant Awards
|Award Year||Impacted Awards||Statutory Maximum Scheduled Award Amount||Percentage Reduction from Statutory Award Amount||Dollar Reduction Amount from Maximum Award Amount||Adjusted Maximum Award Amount|
|2021-2022||First disbursed on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2021|
(FY 20 Sequester)
|First disbursed on or after October 1, 2021 and before October 1, 2022|
(FY 21 Sequester)
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need you must meet Federal Aid criteria
- Score above the 75th percentile on a college admission test (eg. SAT, ACT, GRE)
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 from your most recent completed semester
- Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Not in default on a Federal Student Loan
- Meet requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress
- You must be enrolled in a TEACH Grant eligible degree program (as determined by Tarleton State University)
Award eligibility varies based on Enrollment Status.
Apply for the TEACH Grant
Please complete the Teach Grant Application form and return it to us in-person, by email to the Office of Financial Aid, or fax at 254-968-9600.
After You’ve Been Selected
In order to receive a TEACH Grant, you must work in a high-need subject area at a school serving low-income students for at least four of the eight years after completing or ceasing your program of study. When you begin teaching, the school must be listed on the Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools. Use the search tool to identify school names or browse by county.
- Complete TEACH Grant Counseling
- Complete and sign the Agreement to Serve or Repay
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 every semester
To Meet the Agreement After Graduation
- Your school must be listed on the Department of Education’s website at the time you begin teaching
- Your Teacher Education Program must have been designated as high-need by the Department of Education when you received your first Teach Grant
If you fail to complete the 4-year teaching obligation within 8 years of completing or ceasing your program or study, your grant will convert to an unsubsidized loan which will have to be repaid with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were first disbursed.
Toward Excellence, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant
The TEXAS Grant is gift aid awarded to students who demonstrate financial need.
First-time Eligibility Requirements
To receive a basic initial year (IY) award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:
- Be Pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
- Be registered with Selective Service, or be exempt
- Have a 9-month Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of no more than $6,234
- Be classified by the institution as a Texas Resident
- Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance
The student must meet the requirements of one of the four pathways below:
High School Graduation
- Graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas, having completed the Recommended or Foundation Distinguished Curriculum
- Enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program at an approved institution within 16 months of high school graduation
- Accumulated less than 30 semester credit hours (SCH’s) (excluding credits for dual enrollment or credit by examination)
- Homeschooled students do not qualify
- Earned an associate degree from a public or private nonprofit institution of higher education in Texas
- Enrolled in an eligible institution within 12 months after receiving an associate degree
- Received an initial year (IY) Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) in Fall 2014 or later
- Have transferred with a minimum GPA of 2.5, with at least 24 semester credit hours
Honorable Military Discharge
- Graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas May 1, 2013 or later and enlisted in military service within 12 months of high school graduation
- Enrolled at Tarleton State University within 12 months of receiving an honorable discharge
To receive priority consideration for an initial year (IY) award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:
- Meet the basic initial year (IY) student eligibility requirements (see section above)
- Meet the state priority deadline of January 15
- Meet at least one of the requirements in at least 2 of the following 4 areas:
|Advanced Academic Program||12 hours of college credit (dual credit or AP courses), complete the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), or complete the International Baccalaureate Program (IB)|
|TSI Readiness||Meet the Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) assessment thresholds or qualify for an exemption|
|Class Standing||Graduate in the top third of the HS graduating class or have a B average|
|Advanced Math||Complete at least one math course beyond Algebra II as determined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Complete at least one advanced career and technical course, as determined by TEA|
At the end of the first year, you must meet Tarleton State University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (2.0 GPA and 67% completion) and demonstrate financial need in order to remain eligible for the TEXAS Grant. After your second year, the following eligibility requirements apply:
- Maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Complete 24 credit hours each academic year (fall, spring and summer). Credits by exam do not count as completed courses
- Have not exceeded 150 attempted credits
Maximum Time to Receive the Grant
Each recipient’s maximum time frame will be monitored to ensure compliance as outlined below:
|Recipient Entering the Program||Maximum Time Frame to Receive the Grant|
|High School Graduate||The first of the following which takes place:5 years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of 4 years or less6 years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of more than 4 years150 SCH attempted while receiving the grant Completion of a baccalaureate degree|
|Associate Degree||The first of the following which takes place:3 years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of 4 years or less4 years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of more than 4 years90 SCH attempted while receiving the grantCompletion of a baccalaureate degree|
|Transfer Student||The first of the following which takes place:If 1st award was made out of high school, no more than 150 SCH’sIf 1st award was made after obtaining an associate degree, no more than 90 SCH’sCompletion of a baccalaureate degree|
Beginning with awards for the 2015-2016 academic year, a student’s eligibility for TEXAS Grant ends once he or she has attempted 150 SCH’s. Attempted hours include all courses in every semester you registered for, including transferred, repeated, dropped, and withdrawn courses.
Hardships or Other Proper Causes
If you have become ineligible to receive a TEXAS Grant Renewal due to you not meeting the TEXAS Grant Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements, you can file an appeal.
The appeal must demonstrate a true hardship that you experienced during the period of poor academic performance. Examples of hardships include, but are not limited to, a severe illness or responsibility for the care of a sick, injured or needy person. You may also submit an appeal if you cannot enroll full-time due to a required student teaching, internship program, or it is your graduating semester.
To appeal, you must submit the Texas Grant Appeal Request Form and a letter of explanation, as well as documentation of your hardship, to the Financial Aid Office.
An appeal must be filed by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered for the fall and spring semesters. The deadline for each semester is listed on the Texas Grant Appeal Request form.
Submitting an appeal does not guarantee any adjustments will be made.
Texas Public Assistance Grant (TPEG)
Texas Public Assistance Grant is a need-based grant supported by the state of Texas. Funding is limited, not all students that are eligible will receive TPEG.
- Must be a Texas resident
- Seeking their first bachelor’s or graduate degree
- File the FAFSA or TASFA annually by the priority filing deadline of January 15
- Demonstrate need
Award eligibility varies based on as a student’s Enrollment Status.
Tarleton Tuition Grant
Tarleton State University provides a Tarleton Tuition Grant to assist undergraduate students with funding of tuition and fees associated with attendance.
- Must be a Texas resident
- File the FAFSA by the priority filing deadline of January 15
- Demonstrate need
Award eligibility varies based on as a student’s Enrollment Status.
If eligibility is confirmed, Children of Fallen Heroes may result in additional financial aid, including an increase in Pell. You will not see the words “Children of Fallen Heroes” on your financial aid offer. Children of Fallen Heroes is funded through a combination of increased Pell and other financial aid, depending on eligibility. In subsequent award years, you will continue to be eligible for Children of Fallen Heroes as long as you continue to be a Pell eligible student.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)
Additional aid eligibility under the Iraq and Afghanistan Service grant is available to students whose parent or guardian died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.
To be eligible for the IASG, you must meet the following requirements:
- Complete the FAFSA and the FAFSA transaction must contain an indicator from the Department of Defense confirming the date of your parent’s death. (This process occurs automatically upon completion of the FAFSA)
- You must not have already earned a bachelor’s degree
- Recipients must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
- You must have been less than 24 years of age OR enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of your parent’s death.
- If eligibility is confirmed, there are two different programs for eligible children of soldiers. Students with a Pell eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will receive an increase in their Federal Pell Grant. Students with an EFC that is not Pell eligible will see the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant posted to their financial aid offer.
Students will be reviewed for this program upon the receipt of an eligible FAFSA.