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Grants

Grants are a form of financial aid that do not need to be repaid. Grants are typically awarded based on financial need and are provided by various sources including federal, state, and institutional funds. Your financial need is determined by the results of your FAFSA.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Pell Grants do not have to be repaid. Eligibility for the Pell Grant is determined by the Department of Education based on results of your FAFSA. The student must be making satisfactory academic progress and must also meet the additional eligibility requirements outlined in the Eligibility Requirements section. Students do not have to be registered full time to receive the Pell Grant. The amount of your Pell Grant will be determined by the maximum set by the Department of Education, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC Number), and enrollment status. Pell Grant awards may vary from year to year depending on program funding. Learn more about Pell Grants.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a need-based grant available for undergraduate students who have not completed the requirements for a first bachelor’s degree. FSEOG funds do not have to be repaid, and eligibility is determined by your FAFSA. Recipients of FSEOGs must be making satisfactory academic progress and meet the additional eligibility requirements outlined in the Eligibility Requirements section. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients with exceptional financial need. Learn more about FSEOG Grants.

Federal TEACH Grant for Undergraduates

The federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a non-need-based grant available to undergraduates enrolled in an eligible program and who agree to teach as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field at a low-income elementary or secondary school for at least four years, within eight years of completing the academic program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded. Up to $4,000 per year is available for the first baccalaureate, to a maximum of $16,000 over four years. Although students can receive up to $4,000 per year, the amount is prorated by semester and by on enrollment status. Learn more about federal TEACH Grants.

Federal TEACH Grant for Graduate Students

The federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a non-need-based grant available to graduate students who are highly qualified teachers returning to earn a master's degree in a TEACH Grant eligible program and who agree to continue teaching as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field at a low-income elementary or secondary school for at least four years, within eight years of completing the academic program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded. Up to $4,000 per year is available for a master’s degree, to a maximum of $8,000 over two years. Although students can receive up to $4,000, the amount is prorated by semester and by enrollment status. Learn more about federal TEACH Grants.

State TEXAS Grant

The Towards Excellence, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant is offered to make sure that well-prepared high school graduates with financial need can attend public institutions of higher education in Texas. Recipients must be Texas residents, never convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance, demonstrate financial need, have an estimated family contribution less than or equal to $5,088, and registered for the Selective Service or exempt from this requirement. Recipients must also be a graduate of an accredited high school in Texas not earlier than the 1998-99 school year, complete the recommended high school program or Distinguished Achievement program in high school, enrolled in a non-profit public college or university in Texas within 16 months of graduation from a public or accredited private high school in Texas, and have accumulated no more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual or concurrent courses or awarded for credit by examination (AP, IB, or CLEP). Learn more about the TEXAS Grant.

Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)

The Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG) is a campus-based grant for undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated financial need. TPEG Grants are typically awarded until funds are exhausted, so it is to the student’s advantage to complete the FAFSA as early as possible. Awards typically range from $100 to $1,250 and are prorated based on the number of hours for which the student is enrolled. A student enrolled full time will receive a higher award than a student that is enrolled part time. Learn more about the TPEG Grant.

Learn more about grants by calling 888-882-4026 or 956-882-8983 or emailing admissions@utrgv.edu