Texas Grant

 

Toward Excellence, Access & Success Grant Program

The Toward Excellence, Access & Success (TEXAS) grant was created by the Texas Legislature to provide need-based financial aid to Texas students which will enable them to attend an institution of higher education.  The student must complete a FAFSA/TASFA application in order to determine financial need.  State of Texas has a priority deadline of January 15, 2019 for 2019-2020 school year.  Funds for program are limited.

 

Eligibility

To be awarded this grant for the first time, you must:

  • Be a Texas resident.
  • Register for Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance.
  • Have financial need as determined by the FAFSA or TASFA.
  • Be seeking your first bachelor's degree.
  • Have a 9-month Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of no  more than $5,609.
  • Be enrolled in more than three/quarter time.
  • Qualify through one of the following four pathways:
    • High School Graduation Pathway:
      • You have graduated from an accredited high school in Texas and complete the Recommended or Foundation Distinguished curriculum. Your Final Official High School transcript must be on file and reviewed by the Office of Admissions.
      • You have enrolled as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University - Kingsville within 16 months after graduation from high school.
      • You must have earned less than 30 credit hours. This does not include hours earned through dual credit, concurrent courses, or credit by examination (AP, IB or CLEP).
    • Associate Degree Pathway:
      • You have enrolled at Texas A&M University - Kingsville within 12 months after receiving an associate's degree from a public or private, non-profit Texas college or university.
    • TEOG Transfer Pathway:
      • You have received an Initial Year Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) in Fall 2014 or later.
      • You have transferred to Texas A&M University - Kingsville with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
      • You have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours.
    • Honorable Military Discharge Pathway:
      • You enlisted in the military within 12 months after graduation from an accredited high school in Texas on May 1, 2013 or later. 
      • You have enrolled at Texas A&M within 12 months after being honorably discharged from military service.

Priority consideration is given to those who:

  • Meet conditions above
  • Meet state priority deadline
  • Meet at least one of the requirements in at least 2 of the following 4 areas:

Area

Requirement(s)

TSI Readiness

  • Meet the Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) assessment thresholds or qualify for exemption.

Class Standing

  • Graduate in the top one/third of the HS graduating class.
  • Have a B (3.0) 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.

Advanced Academic Program

  • 12-hours of college credit (dual credit or AP courses).
  • Complete the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP).
  • Complete the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).

 

Renewal Requirements

First year requirements:

At the end of the first year, you must meet Texas A&M University – Kingsville’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements:

  • 2.0 GPA
  • 67% completion rate

Second and subsequent year requirements:

  • Maintain at least a 2.5 Institutional Cumulative GPA.
  • Complete 24 credit hours each academic year (fall, spring and summer). Credits by exam/AP credits do not count toward completion requirements.
  • Have not exceeded 150 attempted* credits.
  • Have not exceeded 5 year program limit.

“Attempted Hours” - All courses in every semester you registered for, including transferred, repeated, dropped, and withdrawn courses. 

 

Texas Grant Hardship Policy

As per State Regulations (19 TAC, Section 22.231), a student who is ineligible for a TEXAS Grant based on the requirements for the grade point average (GPA), number of completed hours, or reached maximum timeframe may be deemed eligible under a hardship provision.

To review the complete TEXAS Grant Hardship Policy please click HERE

 

Texas Grant Renewal Transfer Form

This form is only for Transfer Students who received TEXAS Grant at another institution.

To receive a continuation award through the TEXAS Grant program, a student must:

  • have previously received an initial award through this program
  • show financial need
  • be enrolled at least three-quarter time
  • have not been granted a baccalaureate degree
  • be making satisfactory academic progress towards an undergraduate degree, and
  • have not been convicted of a felony or criminal involving a controlled substance

 

NOTE: TEXAS Grant information is officially available in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board database until August 15; therefore, we will not be able to verify TEXAS Grant eligibility for transfer students until after this date. Please note that if you are eligible to receive a continuation award, your award will be reflected on your account until after September 1st.

For more information about Initial and Continuing Eligibility, please see the following website: http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa2.cfm?ID=458