Toward Excellence, Access, & Success Grant
In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements, student must also meet the following:
Eligibility Requirements for an Initial Award
- Be a Texas resident
- Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance
- Show financial need
- Have an EFC less than or equal to $4000
- Register with the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement
- Complete the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement 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 associates 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 your associate's degree.
Eligibility Requirements for a Renewal Award
By the end of your first year in the program, you must meet academic standards set by your institution in order to receive a TEXAS Grant the following year. This usually means completing 75 percent of the hours you attempted (for example, nine of 12 semester credit hours) each semester with a 2.5 grade point average (GPA). As of the end of your second or later year in the program, you must have completed at least 24 semester credit hours each year with a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) and must have completed 75 percent of the hours you attempted.
If you were awarded a TEXAS Grant based on your high school performance, you may be eligible to continue to receive the TEXAS Grant for:
- Up to 150 semester credit hours;
- Up to five years (six years if you are in a five-year degree plan); or
- Until you receive a bachelor's degree (whichever comes first).
Students who receive the TEXAS Grant at prior institutions should provide documentation of eligibility to the UHV Financial Aid Office to continue receiving the grant at UHV, pending eligibility. The Office of Financial Aid will require a copy of the academic transcript from the institution the student received an Associate's Degree.
TEXAS Grant awards for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic year are $2,500 per semester.
A Professional Judgment process may be necessary if the student does not meet the criteria listed above due to unusual circumstances. This may delay disbursement of aid to his or her account.