Types of Financial Aid

The following types of Financial Aid (FA) have been compiled for your benefit. If you have any questions, please contact the ECU Buff $mart Program.

To complete the FAFSA click here.


A grant is a monetary gift for people pursuing higher education. It is often based on financial need and does not need to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund).

Federal Pell Grant  
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)  
Resident Undergraduate Designated Tuition (RUDT)  
TEXAS Grant  


A loan is money borrowed from the federal government or a private source like a bank or financial institution, and must be paid back with interest.

Direct Subsidized Loans  
Direct Unsubsidized Loans  
Parent Plus Loan