Changes in Universal Access Guidelines Beginning Fall 2016

Beginning in the fall of 2016, the Galveston College Foundation Universal Access award will institute a new lifetime limit of $3,200 for full-time students, which covers all tuition for a 60-credit hour associate degree.  Up to $1,600 may be awarded per year to full-time students for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. No more than $800 of the award may be used during a long semester, fall or spring. Any award not utilized during the fall or spring semester may be used during the summer semester, not to exceed the total tuition and fees.  Upon enrollment for the Universal Access award, a student’s allocation must be used within a five-year period.  A one-time $200 book-only voucher will be given to each eligible student.  If the $200 book voucher is not used in the first semester that it is assessed, the balance will not be forwarded to future semesters.  Please see the Galveston College Universal Access Program Booklet for more information.

Fall 2016 Universal Access Program Recipients:

  1. Must be a resident of the Galveston College (G.C.) taxing district for a minimum of 12 months prior to graduation from accredited high schools or successful completion of GED or home schooling, and prior to enrollment into G.C. or are otherwise qualified for an in-district waiver under state law. Student must continue to be a resident of the G.C. taxing district while receiving Universal Access funds.  Residency requirements are determined by the Admissions Office.  Contact Admissions for further information.  
  2. Student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a Universal Access application, and an admissions application. Renewal applicants must complete a FAFSA, submit an updated degree plan signed by Counseling Office, and a Universal Access Scholarship application.
  3. In Fall 2016, UA recipients must be enrolled as full-time students. (enrolled in 12 or more semester credit hours for each long Fall or Spring semesters. UA will pay for no fewer than 6 and no more than 14 credit hours in an approved degree, certificate, or workforce development Program during the entire summer session.) 
  4. In Fall 2016, the applicant must be enrolled and initiate the Universal Access Scholarship, Pell Grant, or any other assistance within 16 months of graduation from high school, receipt of a GED certificate, or completion of home schooling. If a program does not begin at the beginning of the fall or spring semester, enrolled students will be eligible for support provided they fulfill the requirements.
  5. In Fall 2016, Universal Access Scholarship recipients may enroll in an academic or technical credit program as identified in the Galveston College Catalog or an approved contact hour program of at least 360 hours.
  6. In Fall 2016, UA will pay up to a total of 18 semester hours of developmental coursework.
 

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Updated 2/22/2016 - Content Author mtripovi