Tuesday, February 6, 2018

By Victoria Brito

Rio Grande Valley, Texas For the first time since 2011, eligible students at UTRGV and across the county will be able to obtain additional federal Pell grants for the summer semester.

“The main goal right now is to inform students that there will be Pell grants available this summer,” said Jael Garcia, associate director of financial aid opportunities and community liaison. “This availability will help our students accelerate their degree completion.”

UTRGV currently has about 16,000 students eligible for Pell grants.

‘‘This is a great opportunity for our students to take additional courses and potentially graduate earlier
—Dr. Magdalena Hinojosa, UTRGV vice president for strategic enrollment’’

To be eligible for this funding, a student has to enroll in at least six credit hours during Summer. The amount awarded varies based on need and the student’s enrollment load.

The year-round funding is a national availability for FAFSA-eligible students.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to take additional courses and potentially graduate earlier,” said Dr. Magdalena Hinojosa, UTRGV vice president for strategic enrollment.

“This is also a chance to meet program enrollment requirements and/or increase grade point averages with minimal to no cost for our Pell grant recipients,” she said.


The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 5,400 participating postsecondary institutions. Grant amounts are dependent on: the student's expected family contribution, the cost of attendance, the student's enrollment status and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.