Financial Aid Grants

Federal Grant Programs

Federal education grants are funds distributed by the United States government to students who need assistance paying for college. Federal grants do not need to be repaid.

If this is not your first enrollment period at Lone Star College System and you received Title IV financial aid, your refunds for course withdrawals are calculated according to the Title IV refund guidelines. Title IV financial aid includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.

Federal Pell Grant

Up to $5730 for the 2014 -2015 year       
                         

The amount you will receive will depend on:

  • Your financial need
  • Your cost of attendance
  • Your enrollment
  • Your plans to attend a full academic year or less

You may not receive Federal Pell grant funds from more than one school at a time.


Lifetime Pell Grant Eligibility

The amount of federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.

The U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report when you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. How much you get will depend not only on your EFC but also on your cost of attendance, whether you attend full-time or part-time and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less. A student may only receive the Pell Grant from one school at a time.

  • The U.S. Department of Education (ED) compares the actual amount you received for the award year with your scheduled award amount for that award year.
  • If you receive the full amount of your scheduled award, you will have used 100%. It’s possible that you might not receive your entire scheduled award for an award year.
  • If you did not receive the full amount of your scheduled award, (ED) calculates the percentage of the scheduled award that you did received.
  • ED keep track of your LEU by adding together the percentage of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year.

For example, If you did not receive the full amount of your scheduled award, we calculate the percentage of the scheduled award that you did receive. For example, if your scheduled award for an award year is $5,000, but because you were enrolled for only one semester you received only $2,500, you would have received 50% of the scheduled award for that award year. Or if you received only $3,750 for the award year because you were enrolled three-quarter-time and not full-time, you would have received 75% for that year.

ED keeps track of your LEU by adding together the percentages of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year. The table below shows examples of the LEUs of three students who received differing amounts of their scheduled awards over a four-year period.

Note: From 2009-2012 through 2010-2011, it was possible for a student to receive up to two scheduled awards in a year. So some students will have a "percent used" of up to 200% for one or more of those years.

Of course, if a student's LEU equals or exceeds 600%, the student may no longer receive Pell Grant funding. Similarly, a student whose LEU is greater than 500% but less than 600%, while eligible for Pell Grant for the next year, will not be able to receive a full scheduled award.


Federal SEOG Grant

Award amounts vary. Must be enrolled in 6 or more hours. Qualifications include, but not limited to:

  • show exceptional financial need, with and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) lower than the federal cut-off rate, which is set each year;
  • enroll at least half-time;
  • have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or meet other standards your state establishes that are approved by the U.S. Department of Education (See the financial aid administrator at the college or university for more information);
  • • be enrolled or a accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program (students may not receive aid for correspondence or telecommunications courses unless they are part of an associate’s, bachelor’s, or graduate degree program);
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen;
  • have a valid Social Security Number;
  • make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP);
  • sign a statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) certifying that federal student aid will only be used for educational purposes;
  • sign a statement on the FAFSA certifying that the student is not in default on a federal student loan and that the student does not owe money back on a federal student grant; and
  • register with the Selective Service, if required (If you are male 18-25 years of age and you have not yet registered with Selective Service, you can give Selective Service permission to register you by checking a box on the FAFSA. Register for Selective Service.

The Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need who receive Federal Pell Grants. It does not have to be repaid. There is no guarantee that every eligible student will be able to receive an FSEOG. Students at each school may be awarded an FSEOG based on the availability of funds at that school



State Grant Programs

State education grants are funds distributed by the Texas state government to students who need assistance paying for college. State grants do not need to be repaid.

Application for State Grants and Scholarships 2014-2015

TEXAS Grant Renewal

Award Amounts not to exceed $2,700 per year. To receive a renewal award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:

  • be enrolled at least three-quarter time as an undergraduate student who previously received a TEXAS Grant award and has not yet been granted a baccalaureate degree;
  • have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance;
  • have a calculated financial need; and
  • maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress:
    • 2.5 Cumulative GPA
    • 75% successful completion of attempted hours

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

Award Amounts vary. Must be enrolled in 6 hours. Qualifications include, but not limited to:

  • Are Texas residents, non-residents or foreign students
  • Show financial need
  • Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) for Continuing Education

Some eligible programs may be partially funded based on need.

Qualifications include, but not limited to:

  • All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility/needed as outlined by the United States Department of Education. (This includes resolving all verification, C-code, and selective service flags to ensure eligibility)
  • Undocumented students must complete the TASFA form as outlined by the THECB (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board)
  • All students must be accepted into the CE Department
  • All students must complete the CE Financial Aid Form

Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG)

Award amount not to exceed $1890 (per academic year) 

Qualifications include, but not limited to:
  • Are Texas residents
  • Show financial need
  • If applying for a first-time award: have a family contribution of no more than $2,000
  • Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement
  • Are enrolled at least 1/2 time (6 semester credit hours) in the first 30 hours (or their equivalent) in an associate's degree or certificate program at a public two-year college in Texas
  • Are not currently receiving a TEXAS Grant.
  • Have not been granted an associate's or a baccalaureate degree
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance

Students who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 75 semester credit hours, for four years, or until they receive an associate's degree, whichever comes first. The academic requirements for continuing in the program are: At the end of the first year, the student must meet the school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. At the end of the second year, the student must complete at lease 75 percent of the hours attempted in the prior academic year and have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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