State Aid

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is made available through the Secretary of Education through grants to states, which in turn offer scholarships to students with outstanding academic records who show promise of continued outstanding achievement.  Applications are distributed to high school counselors in January or February of each year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

 

Award Range:            $ 1,500 for the First-year

 

Scholarship for Professional Nursing Students

The Scholarship for Professional Nursing Students provides financial assistance to encourage students to become professional nurses.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA form prior to June 10 
  • Texas residents 
  • Enroll in at least half-time in classes leading to a licensure as a professional nurse
     

 Award Range:            Student’s unmet need up to $3,000

 

Scholarship for Vocational Nursing Students

The Scholarship for Vocational Nursing Students provides financial assistance to encourage students to become vocational nurses.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA form prior to June 10  
  • Texas Residents  
  • Enroll in at least half-time in classes leading to a licensure as a vocational nurse 

 Award Range:            Student’s unmet need up to $1,500

 

Top 10 Percent Scholarship 

The purpose of the Top 10 Percent Scholarship is to provide and the exemption of tuition and fees up to $2,000 to financially needy students who are academically prepared to handle college-level coursework.  An eligible student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Texas resident;
  • Rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class at the end of the seventh semester;
  • Demonstrate financial need as evidenced by filing the current year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form;
  • Have an unmet financial need when using the formula “Cost of Attendance minus Estimated Family Contribution minus Pell Grants”; 
  • Enroll in an institution of higher education in Texas the fall semester immediately following high school graduation;
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours (full-time), unless granted a hardship waiver.
The Top 10 Percent Scholarship is renewable and transferable for up to 4 years, if the student remains eligible and continues to meet all program requirements.  To continue in the program a student must:
  • Complete at least 75% of the hours attempted in their most recent 12 month academic year;
  • Complete at least 30 semester credit hours in their most recent 12 month academic year;
  • Maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Complete a certificate program within 50 credit hours or an associate degree within 105 credit hours. 
Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible if the Office of Admissions and Records determines that the student is a Texas resident.  Non-U.S. citizens should contact the Office of Financial Aid and complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) in lieu of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. 
In the event of a hardship or for other good cause, the Top Ten Percent Scholarship Coordinator at SPC may allow an otherwise eligible person to receive a Top Ten Percent Scholarship while enrolled for an equivalent of less than full-time or if the student’s grade point average or completion rate or number of completed hours falls below the satisfactory academic progress requirements of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or South Plains College.   Such conditions are not limited to, but include:
  • a showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student’s academic performance;
  • an indication that the student is responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person that the student’s provision of care may affect his or her academic performance; or
  • the requirement of fewer than 12 hours to complete one’s degree plan.
 

Clinical Preceptors Exemption

The purpose of this program is to provide partial exemptions from the payment of tuition to eligible persons employed as clinical preceptors and to their children in order to encourage the preceptors to continue their employment and induce others to seek such employment in the state of Texas. Eligible students shall be exempt from the payment of up to $500 tuition per term.

Interested students should visit www.collegefortexans.com for an application. Students applying for the exemption should provide the Financial Aid Office with the Clinical Preceptor exemption application and a copy of the Clinical Preceptor Agreement. Students must submit a new application every semester. The Clinical Preceptor Agreement only has to be submitted one time. After eligible students have registered for classes, they should notify the Financial Aid Office immediately if they wish to use their exemption for that semester.

To receive this exemption, a preceptor must:

  • Be a resident of Texas.
  • Be a registered nurse.
  • Be serving under a written preceptor agreement for the term in which the exemption is sought.   

To receive this exemption, a student must: 

  • Be a resident of Texas.
  • Be the child of a clinical preceptor, who is serving under a written preceptor agreement for the term in which the exemption is sought.   

Eligibility for this program ends when the student has: 

  • Received exemptions under this program for 10 semesters or summer sessions at any institution higher education.
  • Received a baccalaureate degree.

Award Range:       $500 per semester

 

Children of Professional Nurse Faculty and Staff Exemption

The purpose of this program is to provide exemptions from the payment of tuition to eligible students to encourage their parents to continue employment as professional nurse faculty or staff members in the state of Texas. Eligible students shall be exempt from the payment of tuition. Interested students should visit www.collegefortexans.com for an application.

Students applying for the exemption should provide the Financial Aid Office with the Professional Nurse Faculty and Staff Exemption application and a letter from the SPC Human Resources Office verifying current employment. Students must submit a new application every semester. The employment letter from Human Resources only has to be done once every academic year. After eligible students have registered for classes, they should notify the Financial Aid Office immediately if they wish to use their exemption for that semester.

To receive this exemption, a student must: 
  • Be a resident of Texas.
  • Have not been granted a baccalaureate degree.
  • Be enrolled in an institution that offers an undergraduate or graduate program in professional nursing.
  • Be the child of an individual who holds a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree in nursing. 
  • Be enrolled at the same institution at which their parent is currently employed or contracted with as a nursing faculty or staff member. 

Eligibility for this program ends when the student has: 

  • Received exemptions under this program for 10 semesters or summer sessions.
  • Received a baccalaureate degree.

 

State Aid for New Mexico Residents

For more information, contact the New Mexico Higher Education Department at 800.279.9777 or via the web-site at www.hed.state.nm.us

State Aid for Other States

For information on state aid from other states, students should search the U.S. Department of Education’s database at www.studentaid.ed.gov .  At the web-site click on “Funding” and look under “State Aid”.
 

 


 Last Published 8/8/10