Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): For students who really have a vast need for more aid, the Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant could be just the ticket. FSEOG funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The amount of the FSEOG varies according to the availability of other grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment. Your TSTC Financial Aid representative can help you apply. Click here for more information.
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG): The State of Texas offers additional financial assistance to students that can show financial need. TPEG money is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis — meaning the earlier you file for your aid, the more you may be eligible to receive. And it’s a grant, so as long as you stay enrolled and are making satisfactory progress, you will not have to pay it back!
Toward Excellence, Access & Success (TEXAS): Another way the State of Texas helps its residents pay for their education is through a unique program called Toward Excellence, Access & Success. This program pays state and designated tuition for certain students who have graduated from Texas public or accredited private high schools within the preceding 16 months. If you are a Texas high school graduate and have completed the recommended or advanced high school curriculum and are able to show financial need, you may be eligible.
Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) Program: The purpose of the TEOG program is to provide grant aid to financially needy students enrolled in Texas public two-year colleges. Eligibility Requirements:
- Are Texas residents;
- Show financial need;
- If applying for a first-time award, have a family contribution of no more than $2,000;
- Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement;
- Are enrolled at least 1/2 time (6 semester credit hours) in the first 30 hours (or their equivalent) in an associate's degree or certificate program at a public two-year college in Texas;
- Have not been granted an associate's or a baccalaureate degree; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance.
Students who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 75 semester credit hours, for four years, or until they receive an associate's degree, whichever comes first. The academic requirements for continuing in the program are: At the end of the first year, the student must meet the school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. At the end of the second year, the student must complete at least 75 percent of the hours attempted in the prior academic year and have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services: The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) provides financial assistance to students whose significant physical or mental disabilities have resulted in substantial vocational disabilities. Learning disorders are among the eligible conditions. In order to provide training assistance, DARS must determine that such training is necessary for employment and that the individual has a good chance of success in the chosen program.
If you believe you qualify, please submit an application. You will be tested and counseled to determine eligibility. The amount of DARS assistance depends on available funds and individual need. A fulltime DARS representative is on campus to assist DARS clients while attending TSTC. Contact your local Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services office for an application and more information.
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA): The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program established under the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. The TAA Program provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Texas Workforce Commission Office in the county of your official residence.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA): The Workforce Development Board in your area may offer payment of tuition and/or other expenses to students who qualify for this program. Contact the nearest Workforce Center or call 1-800-457-5600 or 1-800-457-5633. Applications for the program should be made as far in advance of registering as possible.