Toward Excellence, Access, & Success Grant
The Texas Legislature established the TEXAS Grant program to provide grants of money to enable eligible students to attend public institutions of higher education in the state of Texas.
State Priority Deadline
To be eligible for priority TEXAS Grant funding, initial year students must meet the state’s priority deadline date of March 15th. This means that your FAFSA must be submitted and processed by CPS (centralized processing system) on or before March 15th. After all priority funding awards and renewal awards are offered to eligible students at UHV, and if funds are available, students who are otherwise eligible and did not meet the state priority deadline date of March 15th, may be offered an initial year award at some point in the academic year. These students will be notified via their UHV e-mail if a new award is offered.
- Enrolled at least ¾ time (9-11 semester hours)
- An undergraduate student who graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas and, completed the Recommended, Distinguished Achievement, or Foundation high school program; and enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program at UHV within 16 months from graduating HS; and not have earned more than 30 semester credit hours (excluding credits from dual enrollment or by examination) OR
- An undergraduate student who earned an associate’s degree from a public or private non-profit institution in Texas; and enroll at UHV within 12 months after receiving the associate’s degree; OR
- An undergrad student who graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas May 1st, 2013 or later; completed the Recommended, Distinguished Achievement, or Foundation high school program, and enlisted in military service within 12 months of graduating HS and enrolled at UHV within 12 months of receiving an honorable discharge; OR
- An incoming undergraduate transfer student enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program at UHV, with at least 24 semester credit hours and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, and with no prior TEXAS Grant award history; and with an initial year TEOG (Texas Educational Opportunity Grant) award in Fall 2014 or later.
- Be registered with the Selective Service, or be exempt
- Have a 9 month EFC (expected Family Contribution) of not more than $4,800
- Be classified by UHV as a Texas resident
- Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance
Priority Initial Year eligibility requirements
- Graduate from an accredited HS in Texas May 1st, 2013 or after; and enroll at UHV
- Meet the basic initial year eligibility requirements (see above)
- Meet the state priority deadline date of March 15th; and
- Meet the requirements in at least 2 of the following 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 one/third of the HS graduating class or have a B average.|
|Advanced Math||Complete at least one math course beyond Algebra II.|
Renewal Year (RY) Student Eligibility Requirements
- Be enrolled at least ¾ time (9-11 SCH) as an undergraduate student who previously received an initial year award; and
- Have not earned a bachelor’s degree
- Be registered with the Selective Service, or be exempt; and
- Have a calculated financial need; and
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
- Be classified as a Texas resident by UHV
- Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance.
2014-2015 Award Amounts at UHV
- $2,500 per term (Fall & Spring only); $5,000 per academic year
Maintaining TEXAS Grant Eligibility
- Initial Year students must maintain UHV’s SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) Policy at the end of the academic year to receive a renewal award the following academic year.
- Renewal Year students must meet the following Requirements at the end of the academic year to continue to receive renewal year awards for future academic years:
|GPA||A minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA|
|Completion Rate||67% successful completion of attempted hours for the academic year and successful completion of 24 semester credit hours for the academic year|
- You may apply for the TEXAS Grant when you complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). Funding is limited, so you need to submit your application for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1st of your senior year in High School. The financial aid office at UHV will determine if the TEXAS Grant is part of the aid package that is offered to you.
UHV’s TEXAS Grant Hardship Policy:
A one-time UHV 2014-2015 Hardship Appeal may be granted for a hardship while the student:
- Is enrolled for less than ¾ time (9-11 SCH) , but at least ½ time (funds will be prorated based on enrollment)
- With a GPA below SAP requirements
- With a completion rate below 67%
- with the number of completed SCHs under the renewal year requirement of 24 SCH each academic year
Hardship requests are based on the following circumstances:
- Medical (severe illness or other debilitating condition)
- Family (illness of death of a family member
- If the student is enrolling for less than ¾ time because their degree plan allows for less than ¾ time enrollment to graduate
Students must complete the 2014-2015 TEXAS Grant Hardship Appeal to be considered for a renewal award if they are experiencing one of the above circumstances
- Deadline Date for submission of the appeal for Fall 2014 is November 3rd, 2014
- Deadline Date for submission of the appeal for Spring 2015 is February 5th, 2015
For questions about the TEXAS Grant, please contact the UHV TEXAS Grant specialist, Rebecca Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 361-570-4324.