Texas State Aid for Non-U.S. Citizens

 

Texas State Aid for Non-U.S. Citizens (House Bill 1403)

Students who are non-U.S. citizens seeking Financial Aid who are ineligible to apply for federal student aid and who meet the Texas state residency requirements under House Bill 1403 should complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)  in lieu of the FAFSA form.  The application can be downloaded from www.collegefortexans.com . The student should submit  their TASFA application  along with tax returns and W-2 forms for both student and parent(s)  to the Office of Financial Aid. 

The student must be classified as a Texas resident in order to be eligible for Texas state financial aid programs.  A non-resident student who pays a resident rate of tuition due to a tuition waiver , scholarship or reciprocity agreement is not eligible for Texas state financial aid.  Students who are not exempt from registering for Selective Service must go to the U.S. Post Office and register prior to receiving any funds. 

Students who are eligible to complete the TASFA application can compete for state funds from the following sources if they meet all of the requirements of each program:

  • Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
  • TEXAS Grant
  • Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG)
  • Texas College Work-Study (TWS)
  • Texas State Exemption Programs.

 

TEXAS PUBLIC EDUCATION GRANT (TPEG)

The TPEG program is funded through tuition payments and is available for Texas residents and non-U.S. citizens who meet Texas state residency requirements with established financial need. The TPEG grant is primarily given during the summer sessions, but it is also awarded during the fall and spring semesters to students with special circumstances. Qualifying students should have completed the FAFSA form (for U.S. citizens) and TASFA form (for non-U.S. citizens). Students must also meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements to receive this grant. Students who want to apply for the fall and/or spring semesters should write a detailed letter to the Financial Aid Office explaining their situation. These awards are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Financial Aid and are limited by fund availability.

 


TEXAS GRANT PROGRAM (Toward EXcellence, Access, and Success)

The purpose of the TEXAS Grant it to provide grant aid to financially needy students who are academically prepared to handle college-level coursework. To be eligible for the Texas Grant, students must:

  • Be Texas Residents. (Non-U.S. citizens* may be eligible if the Office of Admissions and Records determines that the students is a Texas resident).
  • Demonstrate financial need as evidenced by filing the current year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  • Have graduated from a public or accredited high school in Texas on the recommended or higher level curriculum.
  • Enroll in a college or university within 16 months of high school graduation.
  • Receive their first grant prior to completing 30 semester credit hours (excluding hours earned through dual credit or examination.)
  • Enroll at SPC on at least a 3/4 time basis, unless they have been granted a hardship waiver**.
  • Not have been convicted or a felony or crime involving a controlled substance.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)  of no more than $4,000.
     

The maximum award amount varies by type of institution.  For public 2-year schools the amount is $865 per semester or the student's unmet need, whichever is less.  Texas Grant is renewable and transferable if students remain eligible and continue to meet all program requirements.  To continue in the program, a student must meet the SPC Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements at the end of the first year.  Thereafter, students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA; have a 75% completion rate (in the previous year) and complete at least 24 semester credit hours***(in the previous year). 

 

*  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 FAFSA form.

**  In the event of a hardship or for other good cause, the TEXAS Grant Coordinator at SPC may allow an otherwise eligible person to receive a TEXAS grant while enrolled for an equivalent of less than ¾ time or if the student’s grade point average or completion rate or number of completed hours falls below the satisfactory academic progress requirements. Such conditions are not limited to, but include:

  1. showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student’s academic performance;
  2. 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
  3. the requirement of fewer than nine hours to complete one’s degree plan.
     

Under no circumstances other than fewer hours required for graduation may a person be enrolled less than half time to receive a TEXAS Grant.


When awarding a hardship waiver of the ¾-time enrollment requirement, remember that a student has only 6 years of eligibility for the TEXAS Grant program. Half-time enrollment for six years will not enable a student to acquire a bachelor’s degree.

***To meet this requirement, students may enroll in 12 hours both fall and spring; or enroll in the required 9 hours (3/4 time enrollment) and also enroll in 6 hours in summer.

 

TEXAS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (TEOG)

The purpose of the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant is to provide grant aid to financially needy students who have completed the basic high school graduation requirements to attend public community colleges.  To be eligible for the TEOG grant, students must:

  • Be Texas Residents.  (Non-U.S. citizens* may be eligible if the Office of Admissions and Records determines that the students is a Texas resident).
  • Demonstrate financial need as evidenced by filing the current year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  • Enroll at SPC in an associate's degree or certificate program on at least a 1/2 time basis, unless they have been granted a hardship waiver**. 
  • Not have been convicted or a felony or crime involving a controlled substance.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)  of no more than $2,000.
  • Have not been granted an associate's or baccalaureate degree.
  • The maximum award amount varies by type of institution. For public 2-year schools the amount is $865 per semester or the student's unmet need, whichever is less. TEOG Grant is renewable and transferable if students remain eligible and continue to meet all program requirements. To continue in the program, a student must meet the SPC Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements at the end of the first year. Thereafter, students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA; have a 75% completion rate (in the previous year).

*  Non-U.S. Citizens should contact the Office of Financial Aid and complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid in lieu of the FAFSA form. 

** In the event of a hardship or for other good cause, the TEOG Coordinator at SPC may allow an otherwise eligible person to receive a TEOG while enrolled for an equivalent of less than ½ time or if the student’s grade point average or completion rate falls below the satisfactory academic progress requirements. Such conditions are not limited to, but include:

  1. a showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student’s academic performance;
  2. 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;
  3. or the requirement of fewer than six hours to complete one’s degree plan.
     

When awarding a hardship waiver of the ½-time enrollment requirement, remember that a student has only 4 years of eligibility for the TEOG program. Less than half-time enrollment for four years will not enable a student to acquire an associate’s degree.

 

Texas College Work-Study (TWS)


The Texas College Work-Study Program provides job opportunities for eligible Texas students and eligible non-U.S. citizens who meet the Texas state residency requirements.  Eligible non U.S. citizens must provide documentation allowing them to work. Qualifying students must show a documented financial need by completing the TASFA form. Work hours are flexible and generally fit the student’s class schedule. Students employed under the TWS are paid on a monthly basis and the first paycheck will not be available until the student has worked for one month. Currently, the salary is $6.55 per hour. A student is awarded an amount, with a limit that cannot be exceeded, which can be earned while attending college. Once the amount awarded has been reached, employment is terminated. Employment through the Texas College Work-Study Program does not make the student eligible for unemployment compensation when the job is terminated and/or the school term ends.


Job openings are posted on the SPC web site and interviews are scheduled by the student with supervisors of jobs in which they are interested. Supervisors who hire the student will arrange a work schedule so the job will not interfere with classes or other academic requirements. Students are expected to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. The job should be treated as regular employment and not just financial assistance. The student should demonstrate a willingness to work, dependability, initiative, punctuality and other good work habits.

 

Texas State Exemption Programs

 

Early High School Tuition Exemption

The early high school tuition exemption was created by the Texas Legislature for Texas residents who have attended high school only in Texas and who have graduated from a public high school in no more than 36 consecutive months. The exemption covers tuition and fees, but does not cover board or housing costs. There is a six year time limit for the use of the exemption. In order for a student to receive funding, the student's high school must send the appropriate documentation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Coordinating Board will notify South Plains College of the student's eligibility.

 

Certified Educational Aide Exemption

The Certified Educational Aide Exemption was created by the Texas Legislature to provide a tuition and mandatory fees (other than laboratory fees) exemption for students enrolled in classes leading to teacher certification with an ultimate goal of reducing the teacher shortage in Texas. To qualify, a student must be a Texas resident, have one year of employment as a teacher's aide in the past five years or have substitute taught 180 days in the past five years, complete the FAFSA form, have a financial need and meet satisfactory academic progress requirements. In order to receive funding, the student should submit his or her FAFSA and Certified Educational Aide Exemption Application to the Financial Aid Office for processing.


 

Foster Care Exemption

The Foster Care Tuition and Fee Exemption was created to exempt eligible students who were in foster care from all tuition and fees (except building use or general use fees). South Plains College exempts qualified students from all tuition and fees. Students applying for the exemption should provide the Financial Aid Office with official documents from the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. In order to qualify, students must have been in foster care or other residential care on or after the day preceding their 18th birthday.


 

TANF Exemption

The TANF exemption was created to exempt eligible students from tuition and fees for up to one year. In order to qualify, the student or the student's parents, during the last year in high school, must have received financial assistance under Chapter 31, Human Resources Code (TANF) for not less than six months. Eligible students must also be a Texas resident and graduate from a public high school in Texas. Students must also enroll in college within 12 months of the date of high school graduation. In order for a student to receive funding, the student must supply the Financial Aid Office with a copy of the TANF certificate.

 


 Last Published 8/8/10