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Financial Aid - Types of Aid

 

GRANTS

 

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree and who possess financial need as determined by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students meeting eligibility requirements are offered the Federal Pell Grant.

Eligibility

  • You must have a qualifying Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA.
  • Recipients must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Students are limited to receive the equivalent of twelve semesters at full-time enrollment in Pell Grant

Award eligibility varies based on Enrollment Status.

Helpful Links

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

StudentAid.gov

 

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is a program administered by the State of Texas to provide assistance to students with financial need and seeking a first bachelor's degree. This is a grant, and it does not have to be repaid. This grant does not require a separate application. It is awarded through the standard process based on the FAFSA/TAFSA applications received.

Eligibility

  Award eligibility varies based on Enrollment Status.

  Texas resident or non-resident

  You must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled at least half-time

  Register for Selective Service or be exempt from the requirement

  No individual award may be more than the student's financial need

Helpful Links

College for All Texans

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

 

Resident Undergraduate Designated Tuition (RUDT)

The Resident Undergraduate Designated Tuition (RUDT) is a program administered by the State of Texas to provide assistance to students with financial need and seeking a first bachelor's degree. This is a grant, and does not have to be repaid. This grant does not require a separate application. It is awarded through the standard process based on the FAFSA/TAFSA applications received.

Eligibility

Award eligibility varies based on Enrollment Status. You must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled at least half-time.

 

TEXAS Grant

The Toward Excellence, Access & Success (TEXAS) grant was established in 1999 by the Texas Legislature to provide need-based financial assistance to Texas students. This program is subject to funding availability from the state of Texas. Award eligibility varies based on Enrollment Status.

Eligibility

  • You must be a Texas resident.
  • Register for Selective Service or must be exempt from this requirement.
  • You must have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance.
  • You must demonstrate exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA or TAFSA.
  • You must be a graduate of an accredited high school in Texas.
  • You must have completed the Foundation, Distinguished or Recommended high school curriculum. We encourage you to have a final high school transcript mailed directly to the Office of Admissions, WTAMU Box 60907, Canyon, TX 79016, in order to expedite the verification of eligibility for this program.
  • You must enroll in a non-profit public college or university in Texas within 16 months of graduation from an accredited public or accredited private high school in Texas, and
  • You must not have accumulated more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual or concurrent courses or awarded through credit by examination (AP, IB, or CLEP), have earned an Associate 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 their associate's degree.

OR

  • If you are transferring from another college or university and you previously received the TEXAS grant, you may be eligible to continue receiving it at West Texas A&M University.
  • If you are a student athlete, you must have NCAA  compliance approval to be eligible for this program.

Renewal Requirements

At the end of the first year, you must meet West Texas A&M University Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (2.0 GPA and 75% completion) in order to be considered for a second year in the TEXAS Grant program. After completing the second year in the program, you are required to meet the following conditions at the end of every spring term:

 

  • 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
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP): Cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 with a 75% completion rate
  • You must complete 24 semester credit hours each academic fall, spring and summer, however, credits by exam/AP credits do not count toward completion.

Student eligibility for a TEXAS Grant ends once he or she has attempted 150 semester credit hours or the equivalent unless the student is granted a hardship extension. For this purpose, "attempted hours" is defined as every course in every semester for which a student has been registered as of the official Census Date, including but not limited to, repeated courses and course the student drops and from which the student withdraws. For transfer students, transfer hours and hours for optional internship and cooperative education courses are included if they are accepted by the receiving institution towards the student's current program of study.

If you do not meet the aforementioned requirements, you will lose eligibility for the program.

Proration based on enrolled hours

TEXAS Grant will be prorated based on hours enrolled at West Texas A&M University. The prorated amounts shall be calculated each semester using the following schedule:

  • If enrolled for 12 or more hours - 100% of award will be disbursed
  • If enrolled for 9-11 hours - 100% of award will be disbursed
  • If enrolled for 6-8 hours - No award, unless hardship appeal has been granted or unless student is in the last semester before graduating. A current degree plan must be on file in our office. If so, award will be prorated. 50% of award will be disbursed.
  • If enrolled for fewer than 6 hours - No award

Hardships or Other Proper Causes

Should you fail to meet the requirements for renewal, you may submit an appeal to the TEXAS Grant Program Coordinator to review your eligibility based upon extenuating circumstances. The request must be submitted in writing and must detail the reason behind the request. Reasons that may be considered include:

  • A severe illness or other debilitating condition that affected academic performance;
  • An indication that you are responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person and that your provision of care affected your academic performance; or
  • Other extraordinary circumstances that may have impacted your ability to meet renewal requirements.

A financial aid advisor or administrator will respond to your request through your West Texas A&M email account. Additional supporting documentation may be requested. A copy of all correspondence will be placed in your financial aid file. Submitting an appeal does not guarantee any adjustments can or will be made.

Helpful Links

College for All Texans

 

Educational Aide Exemption

The Educational Aide Exemption program serves to encourage certain Educational Aides to complete full teacher certification by providing need-based exemptions from the payment of tuition and certain mandatory fees at Texas public institutions of higher education.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a Resident of Texas.
  • Be registered for the Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement.
  • Be employed in some capacity by a public school district in Texas during the full term for which the student receives the award unless granted a hardship.
  • Show financial need.
  • Have been employed by a public school district in Texas working full-time working in a classroom directly with the students in a teaching capacity as:
  • An Educational Aide for at least one school year of the past five school years preceding the term or semester for which the student is awarded their initial exemption, or
  • A substitute teacher for 180 days of the past five school years preceding the term or semester for which the student is awarded their initial exemption.
  • Meet academic requirements established by the college or university.
  • Be enrolled in courses required for teacher certification in one or more areas that the Texas Education Agency has determined to be experiencing a critical shortage of teachers at public schools in Texas in accordance with Texas Administrative Code, 21.1083 (6).

Teacher Shortage Areas

TEA 2016-17 school year:

  • Bilingual/English as a Second Language - Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Computer Science/Technology Applications
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special Education - Elementary and Secondary Levels

Helpful Links

College for All Texans

 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is available to undergraduate Federal Pell Grant recipients with high financial need. Preference is given to students who are attending on a full-time (12 credit hours) basis. This fund does not require a separate application. It is awarded through the standard process based on the FAFSA.

Eligibility

Award eligibility varies based on Enrollment Status. You must be in a minimum of 6 credit hours to be eligible.

Helpful Links

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

StudentAid.gov

 

LOANS

Direct Subsidized Loans

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Direct Plus Loans

Texas B-On-Time Loans

The Texas B-On-Time Loan is a no-interest loan for eligible Texas students. The loan carries the added benefit that, if the borrower meets specified goals, the entire loan amount can be forgiven upon graduation. Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, only renewal awards will be available. Your renewal eligibility is determined by the financial aid office. If the loan is offered to you, the financial aid office will instruct you to complete an application and promissory note online at www.HHloans.com.This loan is funded by the State of Texas, with repayment made to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Hinson Hazelwood program.

Award eligibility varies based on Enrollment Status.

Note: Financial Aid will award the Texas B-On-Time Loan based upon eligibility and the availability of funds. Student eligibility is based on the FAFSA and financial need. If awarded, required loan documentation must be submitted through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Renewal Eligibility

  • At the end of the 2nd Year and Subsequent Academic Years, you must complete at least 75% of the semester credit hours attempted in the most recent academic year and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) on all course work preciously attempted at institutions of higher education.
  • You must be within 150 attempted hours.
  • You must not have earned a bachelor's degree.

For more information about your eligibility for the loan, please visit hhloans.com

Graduating Seniors - Less Than Full Time Enrollment

To receive the Texas B-On-Time loan at less than full-time enrollment, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be planning to graduate in the current semester.
  • You must be enrolled in at least 6 hours.

If you meet the above criteria you are eligible to receive a prorated amount of your Texas B-On-Time loan in the semester you are graduating. Your loan will be prorated based on the following guidelines:

12 or more hours 100% of semester award
9-11 hours 75% of semester award
6-8 hours 50% of semester award
Less than 6 hours No award, not eligible

If you are not graduating this semester, you are not eligible for Texas B-On-Time loan proration and you must enroll in 12 hours to receive funds from this loan.

Hardships

In the event of a hardship, Financial Aid may allow an otherwise eligible person to receive the Texas B-On-Time loan while enrolled less than full-time. The request must be submitted in writing and must explain the reason for the request. Reasons that may be considered include but are not limited to:

  • A showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect academic performance.
  • An indication that you are responsible for the care of a sick, injured or needy person and that your provision of care may affect academic performance.

Appeal documents must include a narrative explaining your situation, proof of illness, or other reasons that impeded academic performance. Other supporting documentation may be requested at the discretion of the financial aid advisor or administrator reviewing your appeal.

A financial aid advisor will respond to the request through your official West Texas A&M University email account. A copy of all correspondence will be placed in your financial aid file. Submitting an appeal does not guarantee any adjustments can or will be made.

Forgiveness

For information about Texas B-On-Time loan forgiveness requirements, please visit hhloans.com.

Forgiven Texas B-On-Time loans must be reported to the IRS as taxable income in the applicable tax year the loan is deemed to be forgiven.

College Access Loans (CAL)

The College Access Loan (CAL) Program provides alternative educational loans to Texas students who are unable to meet the cost of attendance. The amount of federal aid for which a student is eligible (regardless of whether actually accepted) must be deducted from the cost of attendance in determining the CAL loan amount.

Eligibility Requirements:

Students must

  • Be a Texas resident; and
  • Be accepted for enrollment and enrolled at least half-time in:
    • a course of study leading to a certificate, an associate's, bachelor's, graduate, or higher degree; or
    • an approved alternative educator certification program;
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress requirements
  • Receive a favorable credit evaluation or provide a cosigner who has good credit standing and meets other requirements.

Students may borrow no less than $100 and up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid.

The College Access Loan (CAL) is repaid to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

  • Loans have a six-month grace period from the date a borrower ceases to be continuously enrolled as at least a half-time student at an eligible institution;
  • Principal balances under $30,000 have up to a ten-year repayment period with minimum monthly payments of $50;
  • Principal balances of $30,000 or more have a repayment period up to 20 years;
  • The loan will not be sold to another lender;
  • Postponements of loan repayment and income-sensitive or graduated repayment schedules are available.

For more information regarding College Access Loans or to apply, please visit hhloans.com.