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 $5645 for the 2013-2014 year
Up to $5730 for the 2014 -2015 year       
                         

Qualifications include, but not limited to:

  • U. S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Complete the FAFSA to demonstrate financial need
  • Undergraduate students who have not previously earned a bachelor's degree
  • Enroll in an eligible program of study, taking aid eligible courses.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Be registered with the Selective Service if you are male and 18-25 years of age(go to http://www.sss.gov/for more information
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate(GED)
  • Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans, or work study)
  • Must not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal student loan
  • Must demonstrate financial need (except for unsubsidized Direct Loans)

Lifetime Pell Grant Eligibility

Per Federal regulations, once you have received a Pell Grant for 12 semesters, or the equivalent, you will no longer be eligible for additional Pell Grants.

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.

  • You are eligible to receive a Pell Grant for up to 12 semesters or the equivalent. If you have exceeded the 12-semester maximum, you will lose eligibility for additional Pell Grants beginning in 2012-13 school year.
  • For example, if your maximum Pell Grant award amount for the school year was $5,645, but you only receive $2,822 because you were only enrolled for one semester, you would have used 50% of your maximum award for that year. If in the following school year, you were enrolled only three-quarter time, you would have used 75% of your maximum award for that year. Together, you would have received 125% out of the total 600% lifetime limit.

Here are additional example provided by the Department of Education:

Examples of Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used Student A Student B Student C
Award
Year 1
Pell Grant Scheduled Award $5,550 $5,000 $4,000
Pell Grant Amount Received $2,775 $3,750 $4,000
Percent Used 50% 75% 100%

Award
Year 2
Pell Grant Scheduled Award $5,200 $5,000 $5,550
Pell Grant Amount Received $5,200 $5,000 $5,550
Percent Used 100% 100% 100%

Award
Year 3
Pell Grant Scheduled Award $4,700 $5,000 $5,550
Pell Grant Amount Received $4,700 $1,250 $5,550
Percent Used 100% 25% 100%

Award
Year 4
Pell Grant Scheduled Award $4,700 $5,000 $5,550
Pell Grant Amount Received $4,700 $5,000 $5,550
Percent Used 100% 100% 100%
Total Lifetime Eligibility Used - LEU

350% 300% 400%

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:

  • U. S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Complete the FAFSA to demonstrate exceptional financial need
  • Undergraduate students who have not previously earned a bachelor's degree
  • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program of study

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 2013-2014

Application for State Grants and Scholarships 2014-2015

TEXAS Grant Renewal

Award amount not to exceed $2640 per year

Must be enrolled in at least 9 or more hours. Qualifications for renewal:

  • At the end of the first year a student  must be meeting the school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
  • At the end of the second year in the program or later years all students must complete at least 75% of the hours attempted in the prior academic year, have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 24 semester credit hours per year.

    Students who continue in college and meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 150 credit hours or for six years or until they receive their bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first. In the first year of study, the academic standards are set by the college or university. In subsequent years, the requirements are completion of at least 75% of the hours taken in the prior year, in addition to an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must complete a statement of Student Eligibility in regard to Control Substance Restrictions

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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