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. Pell grant eligibility is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is calculated by the Central Processor when the student files the FAFSA and is indicated on the Student Aid Report. The award amounts are set by the Department of Education and are also based on your EFC. Your FAFSA confirmation report would give an estimate of your Pell grant award. Pell grant payments are prorated based on the number of hours enrolled.
Pell Grant awards are initially given 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 amount awarded
- 6–8 hours = 50% of Pell amount awarded
- 9–11 hours = 75% of Pell amount awarded
A student whose EFC is in the higher than 3901 may eligible to receive Pell if not enrolled full-time.
The student is informed about the Federal Pell award after completion of the financial aid process and you would see a green traffic light on the Apache Access Award line. A student’s financial aid requirements 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 a specific range sent annually by the Financial Aid Office. Awards range from $100 to $1,000 annually.
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.