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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 enrollment 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 or institutional 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 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
2017-2018
$606 - $5920
0 - 5328

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, Pell amounts received will now count towards the 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 are 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 undergraduate Texas resident students who demonstrate financial need and meet academic eligibility requirements. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) determines the eligibility requirements that students must meet in order to be awarded. This grant is awarded to students until funds are exhausted and is subject to funding availability from the state of Texas.

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

TEXAS Grant Eligibility

  • Be Texas residents
  • Submit a FAFSA by March 15th (FAFSA must be free from rejects)
  • Be 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 $5,430 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
    • Graduated 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
    • Ranked in top 1/3 of high school class; or
    • Attained 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).

Alternative Eligibility (Students need to self-identify)

Alternatively, students can qualify for TEXAS grant by meeting the following requirements and one of the below categories. Students are encouraged to self-identify with One Stop Enrollment Center by phone, in-person or by email. TEXAS grant is awarded to students until funds are exhausted and is subject to funding availability from the state of Texas.

Needed Requirements:

  • Be Texas residents
  • Submit a FAFSA by March 15th (FAFSA must be free from rejects)
  • Be 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 $5,430 or less
  • Be a graduate of an accredited high school in Texas not earlier than the 1998-99 school year

Meet one of the Categories:

  • Earned an Associate Degree from a public or private nonprofit institution of higher education in Texas and enroll in an eligible institution within 12 months after receiving the associate degree.

OR

  • Received an Initial Year Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) in Fall 2014 or later and transferred to an eligible institution with minimum 2.50 GPA, and having completed a least 24 semester credit hours.

OR

  • Graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas on May 1, 2013 or later and enlisted in military service within 12 months of graduation, having completed the following requirements:
    • Graduated on the Recommended, Distinguished or Foundations plan in high school
    • Enlist in military service within 12 months of high school graduation
    • Enroll in any public university in Texas no more than 12 months after receiving and Honorable discharge

Transfers to UTSA (Students need to self-identify)

If you received a TEXAS Grant at another institution and are now planning to attend UTSA, please contact our office either by phone, in-person or by emailing  onestop@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 September (after Census) for the next academic year.

Renewal Requirements: Maintaining your eligibility

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.

At the end of the first year, students must:

  • Apply for the FAFSA by July 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
  • 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 July 15th for the next academic year
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete at least 24 hours per year
  • Enroll at least three-quarter time

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 by phone, walk-in or by emailing onestop@utsa.edu. 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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Federal 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. A GPA of 3.25 out of 4.0 scale must be maintained in order to receive the Federal TEACH Grant. For further information please view the TEACH Grant Fact Sheet. Note:  Due to Sequestration, the award amount of the TEACH Grant (as of October 1st, 2017) has been reduced to $3,736, with corresponding prorated amounts based on enrollment.

Requirements for the TEACH Grant:

  • 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 Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans(s) 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 Financial Aid and Scholarships 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 the federal Pell grant plus scholarship/stipend funds not to exceed the normal cost of attendance specified by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services (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 aid 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 Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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Top 10% Scholarship

Student renewal eligibility is contingent on the Top 10% Scholarship qualifying criteria, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) submission to UTSA by March 15th, financial need, and funding availability.

NOTE:  Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, only renewal awards are available.

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
  • Have financial need
  • Enroll full-time as of census date (12th day of class)

Discontinuation of Eligibility

Unless a hardship is granted, a student’s eligibility ends if any of the following maximums have been met:

  • Four consecutive years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award
  • Student obtained a baccalaureate degree
  • Student received four awards

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 the One Stop Enrollment Center in the form of a typed request and include copies of supporting documentation. The deadline to submit the appeal is the census date of the fall semester in which the funds are being sought.

Reasons that may be considered for appeal include:

  • Students who are graduating at the end of the semester and are going to be in fewer than 12 hours;
  • A severe illness or other debilitating condition that affected academic performance; OR
  • 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

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