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Toward Excellence, Access & Success (TEXAS) Grant

The Toward Excellence, Access & Success (TEXAS) grant was established in 1999 by the Texas Legislature to provide need-based financial assistance to Texas students. This program is available to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree and is subject to funding availability from the state of Texas.

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.

In accordance with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board directive, first priority for TEXAS Grant funds MUST be given to renewal students; any TEXAS Grant funds remaining after renewal students have been awarded may then be allocated to first-time students.

Texas Grant Deadlines

  • January 15: Complete FAFSA/TASFA for academic year by January 15th
  • July 15th: Official High School Transcripts must be submitted no later than July 15th for all students who have been awarded the Initial TEXAS Grant
  • September 1st: Deadline for any requests for Renewal TEXAS Grant recipients to have grades and/or hours reviewed for reinstatement. No exemptions will be made.

Attention renewal TEXAS Grant students: Any requests to have grades reviewed after summer is the responsibility of the student.

  • October 1st: Deadline for any requests for Initial TEXAS Grant or Renewal TEXAS Grant review is October 1st.
    • If you believe you are eligible for an Initial TEXAS Grant, we require that you submit your official high school transcript to TTU Office of the Registrar by October 1st and contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to request review.
    • If you are transferring to TTU and believe you are eligible for a Renewal TEXAS Grant, contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships by October 1st to request review.

First-Time Grant Eligibility Requirements

To receive a basic initial year (IY) award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  • pursuing their first bachelor's degree,
  • registered with Selective Service if male (or be exempt),
  • 9-month expected family contribution (EFC as determined by FAFSA/TASFA) of no more than $5,609,
  • classified by TTU as a Texas resident,
  • enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours at TTU)*, and 
  • not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance.

*Disbursement can be made at three quarter-time enrollment (9-11 credit hours at TTU), but to meet credit hour completion requirement, full-time enrollment is recommended.

In additional to the basic requirements above, a first-time TEXAS Grant recipient must meet the requirements of one of the following four pathways:

  1. 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; and 
    • Accumulated less than 30 semester credit hours (SCH's) (excluding credits for dual enrollment or credit by examination).
  2. Associate Degree
    • Earned an associate degree from a public or private nonprofit institution of higher education in Texas; and
    • Enrolled in an eligible institution within 12 months after receiving an associate degree.
  3. TEOG Transfer
    • Received an initial year (IY) Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) in Fall 2014 or later; and 
    • Have transferred with a minimum GPA of 2.5, with at least 24 semester credit hours.
  4. 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; and
    • Enrolled at TTU within 12 months of receiving an honorable discharge.

Priority consideration for an initial year (IY) award through the TEXAS Grant Program, is given to students who:

  • Meet the basic initial year (IY) student eligibility requirements (above),
  • Meet the state priority deadline of January 15th, and 
  • Meet at least one of the requirements in at least 2 of the following 4 areas:
Area Requirements
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.

Renewal Grant Eligibility Requirements

At the end of the first year, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • TTU Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements (2.0 GPA and 67% completion of attempted hours; monitored at the end of spring semester each year),
  • 9-month expected family contribution (EFC as determined by FAFSA/TASFA) of no more than $5,609, and
  • Enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours at TTU)*.

At the end of the second year (and subsequent years), you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • At least 2.5 cumulative GPA (monitored at the end of spring semester each year),
  • 9-month expected family contribution (EFC as determined by FAFSA/TASFA) of no more than $5,609,
  • Complete 24 credit hours during academic year (fall and spring;
    • Requests to have summer hours considered must be made by September 1st (after summer grades have posted).
    • Credit hours completed at another institution during any semester, require that you submit official transcripts to TTU Office of the Registrar and contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to request review.
  • Have not exceeded 150 attempted credit hours, and 
  • Enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours at TTU)*.

*Disbursement can be made at three quarter-time enrollment (9-11 credit hours at TTU), but to meet credit hour completion requirement, full-time enrollment is recommended.

Time Frame Cum GPA Semester Credit Hours Max Years Max Hours Attempted*
Grant Eligibility - High School Diploma
After 1st Year TTU SAP TTU SAP 5 150
After 2nd Year 2.5 At Least 24 Hours 5 150
Grant Eligibility - Associate Degree or Other Transfer Eligibility
After 1st Year TTU SAP TTU SAP 3 150
After 2nd Year 2.5 At Least 24 Hours 3 150

*Attempted hours include all courses in every semester you registered for, including transferred, repeated, dropped (after 12th class day), and withdrawn courses.

Students Transferring to TTU: If you are transferring to TTU from another University and received TEXAS Grant at your previous institution, you may contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships by October 1st to request review of your Renewal TEXAS Grant eligibility. 

Grant Proration Based on Enrollment

TEXAS Grant will be prorated based on hours enrolled at TTU. The prorated amounts shall be calculated each semester using the following schedule:

  • Enrolled in 12+ hours - 100% of award will be disbursed
  • Enrolled in 9-11 hours - 100% of award will be disbursed
  • Enrolled in 6-8 hours - No disbursement unless hardship granted or student is in the last semester before graduating (50% of award will be disbursed).
  • Enrolled in fewer than 6 hours - No disbursement

Hardships or Other Proper Causes

If you do not meet the TEXAS Grant renewal requirements due to extenuating circumstances, you may submit an appeal to have your eligibility reviewed. The request, which includes an explanation of the circumstances in detail, must be submitted in writing (in-person or by email) to Student Financial Aid & Scholarships by October 1st of the academic year in which the funds are being sought. Supporting documentation may be required.

Circumstances to be considered may include:

  • A severe illness or other condition that affected academic performance or limited your enrollment to less than 3/4 time;
  • Academic performance being affected by your responsibility for the care of a sick, injured, or incapacitated relative/spouse or limited your enrollment to less than 3/4 time;
  • Fewer than 9 credit hours required to complete your degree; 
  • Other circumstances that may have impacted your ability to meet renewal requirements.

Award Range:

The maximum amount is $9,348 for the 2018-19 academic year. Actual awards are at TTU discretion based on funding levels.

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