A grant is defined as an award of money which is given to the student with no repayment required. Below are descriptions of the various grants available at Tyler Junior College. All grants are funded to students enrolled in six or more hours unless specific grant rules apply.
Federal Pell Grant (PELL)
The Federal Pell Grant is designed to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students. It is considered the “foundation” of the financial aid award and may be combined with other forms of aid to help meet the costs of education. The award amounts range from $400 to $4,731, and are based on the number of hours for which the student is enrolled, the cost of education, and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC, calculated by the Central Processor when the student files the FAFSA; is indicated on the Student Aid Report).
Pell Grant amounts are awarded based upon full-time enrollment (12 hours). If a student enrolls less than full-time, they will be paid accordingly:
- Less than half-time = 25% of Pell
- 6–8 hours = 50% of Pell amount awarded
- 9–11 hours = 75% of Pell amount awarded
A student whose EFC is in the range of 3901 but less than 4617 may not be paid if not enrolled full-time.
The student is informed about the Federal Pell award after all parts of the Student Aid Report are submitted to the Financial Aid office. A student’s file must be complete ten (10) days prior to the end of the semester in order to receive payment from Federal Pell Grant before the semester ends.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This federal grant is targeted to qualified applicants who have an exceptional remaining financial need after being awarded the Federal Pell. At Tyler Junior College, awards may range from $100 to $1,000 annually.
Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)
This state grant is to assist students attending public institutions of higher education. To be eligible, a student must have remaining financial need and an EFC between 4401 and 9000. Awards range from $100 to $1,000 annually.
Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)
This grant combines federal and state monies to assist students attending institutions of higher education. To be eligible, a student must have exceptional remaining financial need. Awards range from $100 to $1,000 annually.
Supplemental Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP)
This grant is only awarded to students who are eligible for the LEAP grant. A student may receive up to $500 per semester.
TEXAS Grant (TEX)
This state grant is to assist students who completed an Advanced High School Program and who demonstrate financial need. Awards are for $1,780, and a student must be enrolled in at least 9 hours each semester.
Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG)
This state grant is to assist the student who is not eligible for the original TEXAS Grant, has less than 30 attempted hours and demonstrates financial need. Awards are for $1,780, and the student must be enrolled in at least 6 hours each semester.
Educational Aide Exemption (CED)
This exemption is only awarded to students who met the federal need criteria, do/have worked as an educational aide for at least one full academic year in a Texas public school district and are majoring in education. These funds cover all tuition and certain fees. Applications are available from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) at www.texansforcollege.com.
Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
An Academic Competitiveness Grant provides up to $750 for the first year of undergraduate study and up to $1,300 for the second year of undergraduate study to full-time students who are U.S. citizens, eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, and who successfully completed a rigorous high school program, as determined by the state or local education agency and recognized by the Secretary of Education. Second-year students must also have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. The program was available for the first time for the 2006–07 school year for first-year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2006 and for second-year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2005. The Academic Competitiveness Grant award is in addition to the student’s Pell Grant award.
Fax is the preferred method for submitting required documents. Please make sure to include your name and A# when sending these documents.