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Grants


Overview

Grants are awarded based on financial need as determined by the results of the FAFSA. Grants are gift funds that do not require repayment. A student’s financial aid award will include grant funds whenever guidelines and funding levels permit. Priority for grants is given to students that meet the March 15th priority deadline.

Grant funds are initially awarded based on full-time status during the fall and spring semesters. If a student’s enrollment changes to three-quarter time or half-time status, grant funds will be reduced. Graduate students are not eligible for federal grants but may be eligible for state grants if they demonstrate need and meet specific requirements.

Federal Pell Grant

Pell grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a Bachelor's Degree or completed all coursework required to earn a first Bachelor's Degree. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Eligibility for the Pell grant is determined through the FAFSA Application which is submitted annually. If Pell grant eligible, see table below for Pell grant ranges.

Pell Grant Award Schedule
Aid Year
Award Amount
EFC Range
2013-2014
$582-$5645
0 - 5081
2014-2015
$602 - $5730
0 - 5157

The amount of Pell grant will be determined by the maximum set by the Department of Education, your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your enrollment status.  Students must also be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

NOTE: You may not receive Pell Grant funds from two schools for the same semester. If this happens, one of the schools would be required to cancel your award, which may leave you with an outstanding balance.

Non-Attendance F's and Withdraws
Pell grants generally do not need to be repaid unless the student fails a course due to non-attendance or withdraws from school early in the semester.   

Lifetime Pell Grant Eligibility (LEU)
Beginning July 1, 2012, amounts received will now count towards life-time aggregate limit.  The life-time aggregate limit for Pell grant eligibility is limited to the equivalent of 6 years or 12 semesters of full-time enrollment.  If a student has received the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters of Pell Grant, they will no longer be eligible for Pell Grant funding.  To track your LEU, visit www.NSLDS.ed.gov.  This site will be updated regularly as your Pell Grant awards are reported.

For information on how we calculate the “equivalent of six years” click on the following link: www.studentaid.ed.gov/pell-limit.

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

This federal grant is awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. It is awarded to students with exceptional financial need and first priority is given to students who have been awarded the Federal Pell grant. The SEOG Grant is awarded until funds are exhausted.

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Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

The Texas Public Education grant is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students based on need and availability of funds. A limited amount of funds is available to non-residents of Texas as well as foreign students (additional application required). This grant is awarded until funds are exhausted.

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TEXAS Excellence Grant (TEXAS)

The TEXAS Grant is awarded to Texas resident, undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need and meet academic eligibility requirements as determined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The TEXAS Grant and supplemental financial aid must cover tuition and fees for students who meet the eligibility requirements if funds are available. This grant is awarded until funds are exhausted. Students who meet renewal eligibility requirements can receive the award for up to 150 semester credit hours until they receive a bachelor’s degree or for 5 years if enrolled in the 4-year degree program or 6 years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) requires institutions to collect a statement confirming eligibility in regards to the controlled substance restrictions of the program from all TEXAS Grant recipients each academic year prior to the disbursement of funds. Each student will be required to submit a TX Grant Controlled Substance Statement of Eligibility form to Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services.

Initial Year (First-time college student) Eligibility Requirements
Maintaining Eligibility Requirements
Transfers to UTSA
Hardship Appeals

To qualify for a TEXAS Grant, incoming freshman must:

  • Be Texas residents
  • Submit a FAFSA by March 15th (FAFSA must be free from rejects)
  • Admitted into UTSA by March 15th
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance, unless two years have passed since restitution to society has been paid.
  • Show financial need
  • Register for Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement
  • Must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $4,000 or less
  • In addition, students must achieve standards in any 2 of the 4 categories listed below:

    CATEGORY 1: Advanced Academic Programs
    • Earned 12 hours of college credit courses (e.g. dual credit, AP); or
    • Graduate under the Distinguished Achievement High School Plan or
    • Graduated under the International Baccalaureate High School Program
  • CATEGORY 2: Advanced Math
    • Complete a math course beyond Algebra II
  • CATEGORY 3: Class Standing
    • Rank in top 1/3 of high school class;
    • Attain a B average GPA (e.g. 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale)
  • CATEGORY 4: College Readiness
    • Achieve college readiness threshold as determined by the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) (e.g. THEA, COMPASS, ASSET); or
    • Be TSI exempt (e.g. meet minimum score on SAT/ACT, TAKS)

In addition to those categories, students must also:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited high school in Texas not earlier than the 1998-99 school year
  • Complete the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program in high school
  • Enroll in a non-profit public college or university in Texas within 16 months of graduation from a public or accredited private high school in Texas and
  • Have accumulated no more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual or concurrent courses or awarded for credit by examination (AP, IB or CLEP).

To qualify, those with military service must:

  • Complete the Recommended High School Plan or Distinguished Achievement Program in high school,
  • Graduated from high school May 1, 2013 or later,
  • Enlist in military service within 12 months of high school graduation and
  • Enroll in any public university in Texas no more than 12 months after receiving an honorable discharge.

To qualify, those with an earned Associate's Degree must:

  • 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.

Maintaining Eligibility Requirements

At the end of the first year, students must:

  • Apply for the FAFSA by June 15th for the next academic year
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete at least 67% of hours attempted AND in addition
  • Not be convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance unless 2 years have passed since restitution to society has been paid
  • Enroll at least three-quarter time

At the end of the second year and in later years, eligibility requirements include:

  • Apply for the FAFSA by June 15th for the next academic year
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete at least 75% of courses attempted in the prior academic year
  • Complete at least 24 hours per year
  • Enroll at least three-quarter time

We check students’ eligibility for continuing eligibility for Texas grant after spring grades post each academic year. Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be awarded the TEXAS Grant for the next year. In addition, later submissions of the FAFSA will not allow you to qualify to be awarded TEXAS Grant in subsequent years.

Transfers to UTSA

If you received a TEXAS Grant at another institution and are now planning to attend UTSA, please contact our office either by phone, walk-in or by emailing financialaid@utsa.edu. Let us know the school that you received the award from and what semester you will be transferring to UTSA. Our office will check to make sure you have eligibility to receive the grant. Typically, this process starts in late July for the next academic year.

Hardship Appeals

Should you fail to meet requirements for renewal, you may submit an appeal to review your eligibility based upon extenuating circumstances. The request must be submitted in writing and should detail the reason behind your request and provide any supporting documentation. Please submit this appeal to our office in the form of a typed request and include copies of supporting documentation. This can be submitted either in person or by email. Reasons that may be considered include:

  • Students who are graduating at the end of the semester and are going to be in fewer than 9 hours
  • 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 (such as a professional internship)

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UTSA Grant (Need-Based)

Additional need-based grants have been made available through Tuition Deregulation. UTSA Grants are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students based on need and availability of funds. This fund is awarded during the regular awarding cycle and is awarded until funds are exhausted.

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TEACH Grant

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 created the TEACH Grant program to allow eligible students, who plan to teach, to be awarded up to $4,000 per year (pro-rated to $3,000 for ¾-time students, $2,000 for ½-time students, and $1,000 for less-than-half-time students) in grants. The total maximum allowed for a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate certification program is $16,000. Graduate students are eligible for up to $4,000 per year with an $8,000 maximum limit. For further information please view the TEACH Grant Fact Sheet. Note:  Due to Sequestration, the award amount of the TEACH Grant has been reduced to $3,712, with corresponding prorated amounts based on enrollment.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate with Junior or Senior standing, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a post-secondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be enrolled in course work that is necessary to begin a career in teaching.
  • Sign the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve for each award period with the U.S. Department of Education.

Teaching Service Obligation

Students will be required to teach in a Title I school and a high need field for four out of the eight years immediately following the completion of study or otherwise ceasing enrollment. No partial credit will be earned for serving part, but not all, of the required four years. Four years of service will be required regardless of how many years the grant is received.

High-Need Fields and Schools recognized for TEACH Grant are:

  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  •  Foreign Language
  •  Mathematics
  •  Reading Specialists
  •  Science
  •  Special Education
  •  Other teacher shortage areas identified at the time you begin teaching
  • Designated Low Income schools recognized for the TEACH Grant are provided at www.tcli.ed.gov (click on the SEARCH button).

IMPORTANT!
If you do not fulfill the required teaching service obligation, your TEACH Grant(s) will be converted into a Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans that must be repaid with interest accrued from the original award date. Once a TEACH Grant has been converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan it cannot be changed back into a grant.

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Stipends and Fellowships

The policy of the UTSA Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services is to award students receiving stipends and fellowships the maximum amount based on regulations. Undergraduate students receiving stipend amounts and scholarships that are eligible for PELL will be awarded the maximum PELL grant plus scholarship/stipend funds not to exceed the normal cost of attendance specified by the SFAES (PELL grant will be stacked on top of stipend/scholarship amount). All other federal and/or state aid in combination with the stipend/scholarship cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

Graduate students receiving stipends/fellowship/scholarships can receive other federal and state aid in combination with the stipend/fellowship/scholarship provided the total amount awarded in federal/state and stipend/fellowship/scholarship does not exceed the designated cost of attendance.

The only fund awarded in combination with a stipend/fellowship scholarship that will be allowed to exceed the cost of attendance is the PELL grant. All other federal and state aid in combination with stipend/fellowship/scholarship may not exceed the normal cost of attendance as specified by the SFAES.

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Top 10% Scholarship

The Top 10% Scholarship is awarded to students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class and enroll full time in a Texas public college or university during the Fall 2014 semester.  Qualifying students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) by March 15, 2014 and have financial need may be eligible to receive up to $600 for the initial year.

Who can apply?  Students who are initially awarded must:

  • Be a Texas Resident
  • Show financial need
  • Complete a FAFSA or TASFA (if applicable) and submit by March 15.  The FAFSA or TASFA must be processed and cannot be in a REJECT status.
  • Complete Recommended or Distinguished Achievement HS curriculum
  • Rank in the top 10 percent
  • Graduate from an accredited high school in Texas
  • Enroll full time in a Texas public college or university during Fall 2014

Renewal Requirements (contingent upon available funding)

  • Complete 30 semester credit hours (SCH) in the previous year
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA
  • Complete at least 75% of hours attempted

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