Grants

A grant is a financial award that does not need to be repaid. In other words, it's free money! Grants are typically awarded based on your financial need, unlike scholarships, which are usually based on academic excellence.

Grants are available through federal, state, private, and university sources. Funds are limited, so apply early! You must submit the FAFSA and all other documents by April 1, unless otherwise indicated, to get maximum consideration for grant funding. Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office.

*2014-2015 Requirements:
  • Enroll and maintain at least 9 credit hours (undergraduates), 7 credit hours (graduates) each semester of award through ORD.
Federal Pell Grant
Amount: $5,730
The Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. The Pell Grant is considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources may be added. The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2014-2015 award year (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) is $5,730. The maximum award can change each award year and is dependent upon program funding. Actual award amounts are determined by EFC and enrollment status. 
 
Eligibility Requirements:
PLEASE NOTE:
Changes to Student Aid Programs for 2014-2015 affect Pell Grant.  For more information, please visit the FEDERAL STUDENT AID PAGE.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Amount: $100 to $2,000 per year
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Schools are allocated a limited amount of funding. Just like the Pell Grant, FSEOG does not have to be repaid. Award amounts may be adjusted based on enrollment on the Official Reporting Day (ORD) on the 12th day of class.

Eligibility Requirements:
Graduate Institutional Grant
This UH program awards grants to graduate students with exceptional need who meet the priority deadline of March 15. For the 2014-2015 aid year, graduate institutional grant funding is limited.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
Amount: Up to $3,708 per year*
The new Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $3,708 per year* in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students may receive up to $16,000 for undergraduate study and up to $8,000 for graduate study. Part-time students are eligible, but the maximum grant will be reduced.
 
*Due to March 1, 2013, sequestration and federal budget cuts: TEACH Grants disbursed on or after October 1, 2013, and before October 1, 2014, will be reduced by 0.89 percent. Grants disbursed on or after October 1, 2014, and before October 1, 2015, will be reduced by 7.3 percent.
Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)
This program, administered by the state of Texas, provides assistance to students with financial need who are seeking a first Bachelor's degree, a graduate degree or professional degree. Texas residents and nonresidents who meet the priority deadline of March 15 are eligible.
Towards Excellence, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant
Students who complete the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program in an accredited Texas high school and meet certain eligibility requirements are automatically considered for this state-sponsored program. The priority deadline for the TEXAS Grant is March 15, 2014.

Eligibility Requirements for Initial Year (IY) awards:
Beginning the 2013-2014 academic year, priority consideration is given to students who apply for financial aid by March 15, meet the basic requirements for Texas Grant and additional requirements in at least 2 of the following 4 areas:
  • Advanced Academic Program – 12 hours of college credit (dual credit or AP courses), complete the Distinguished Achievement Program
  • TSI Readiness – Meet the Texas Success Initiative assessment thresholds or qualify for an exemption
  • Class Standing – Graduate in the top 1/3 of the HS graduating class or have a B average on a 4.0 grading scale
  • Advanced Math – Complete at least one math course beyond Algebra II

Students who meet the requirements for priority consideration must be awarded before any other IY eligible students. If funding is available after all priority students are awarded, awarding will begin for students meeting the basic requirements.

Basic Eligibility Requirements for Initial Year awards:
  • Classification as a resident of Texas
  • Graduation from a Texas public or private high school with the recommended or distinguished curriculum designation
  • Registration with selective service, or exemption
  • No felony conviction or crime involving a controlled substance
  • Demonstration of financial need
Eligibility Requirements for Continuing TEXAS Grant recipients:
  • Must complete at least 75% of the hours attempted in the prior academic year
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.50
  • Complete at least 24 semester credit hours per academic year
  • Enrolled in at least 9 credit hours per semester of award
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance
  • Eligibility ends when one of the following has been met:
    • 150 credit hours (90 credit hours if initially awarded based on an associate’s degree) have been paid for by the grant
    • 5 years or 10 semesters (3 years or 6 semesters if initially awarded based on an associate’s degree) have passed since the initial award
    • An undergraduate degree has been granted
Undergraduate Institutional Grant
This UH program awards grants to undergraduate students with exceptional need who meet the priority deadline of March 15. For the 2014-2015 aid year, undergraduate institutional grant funding is limited.