Grants at UHCL

Grants are gift aid, or free aid, that you don't have to repay. Grants are funded by the federal government, the state, or by UHCL. Unlike scholarships that are merit-based, grants are need-based and help students who might not otherwise be able to afford an education.

Pell Grant

Typically, you may be awarded a Pell Grant by the U.S. Department of Education if you have adequate financial need and are working toward a bachelor's degree. Pell Grant awards vary from year to year based on Congressional funding for the program.

Eligibility

To determine eligibility, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to evaluate the information you report on your FAFSA. It's based upon Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment at your university of choice, and you must meet the following terms:

  • No defaults on a federal student loan or an over payment on a grant.
  • U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Registered for Selective Service, if required
  • Meets Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid purposes
  • Completes the verification process as required by federal regulations

For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's Pell Grant Information Page.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Also known as the FSEOG, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. It gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants.

Eligibility

In order to receive FSEOG, you must meet all the eligibility requirements for the Pell Grant. The FSEOG award is based on availability of funds at UHCL, and these are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, there is no guarantee that every eligible student will receive an award. The U.S. Department of Education has more info on FSEOG.

TEACH Grant

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. As a recipient, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.

IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of the TEACH Grants that you received are converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, and you are charged interest from the date you received the grant.

Eligibility

To receive a TEACH Grant you must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a post-secondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. The coursework can include subject area courses (for example, math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher)
  • Maintaining at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
  • Complete Entrance Counseling.
  • Complete any additional documentation requested through the Office of Student Financial Aid. Emails will be sent each semester to your UHCL email account, with instructions on how to apply.

Additional information for the TEACH Grant can be found online from the US Department of Education.

Texas Public Educational Grant

The Texas Public Educational Grant Program (TPEG) provides grant assistance to students with financial need. At UHCL, these funds are available to undergraduate, graduate, non-resident and international students. Priority is given to applicants who complete the application process by the priority deadline date.

Eligibility

According to the College for Texans Website, TPEG recipients must:

  • Be Texas residents, non-residents or foreign students;
  • Show financial need; and
  • Register for Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement.

Towards Excellence, Access and Success Grant

The Towards Excellence, Access and Success Grant (TEXAS) Grant Program pays college costs for students with financial need who complete the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program in an accredited Texas high school. The program provides money to enable well-prepared, eligible students to attend public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education in Texas.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the TEXAS Grant at UHCL, you must meet the minimum eligibility requirements you must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Be a Texas resident;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance;
  • Show financial need;
  • Have an EFC less than or equal to 4800;
  • Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement; and
  • 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 have graduated from an accredited high school in Texas in a Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program and enroll in any public university in Texas no more than 16 months

To meet the minimum eligibility requirements to have your TEXAS Grant renewed, you must meet certain criteria.

At the end of the first year of receiving TEXAS Grant:

  • Maintain school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements

At the end of the second year of receiving the TEXAS Grant:

  • Complete at least 75% of the hours attempted in the prior academic year
  • Maintain an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete at least 24 semester credit hours per year

Maximum time frame for receiving TEXAS Grant:

Recipient Entering the Program as a High School Graduate

Maximum time frame for receiving the grant is the first of:

  • Five years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of 4 years or less;
  • Six years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of more than 4 years;
  • 150 SCH attempted which receiving the grant; or
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Recipient Entering the Program with an Associate's Degree

Maximum time frame for receiving the grant is the first of:

  • Three years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of four years or less;
  • Four years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award if in a degree plan of more than four years;
  • 90 SCH attempted while receiving the grant; or
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Recipient Entering the Program as a Transfer Student

Maximum time frame for receiving the grant is the first of:

  • If first award was made out of high school, no more than 150 SCHs,
  • If first award was made after obtaining an associate's degree, no more than 90 SCHs; or
  • Completion of baccalaureate degree.

For more information, visit the College for All Texans website.

Contact
  • Student Financial Aid

    Phone: 281-283-2480
    Fax: 281-283-2502
    Email: uhcl_fao@uhcl.edu

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    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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