Changes in Universal Access Guidelines Beginning Fall 2015

Beginning in the fall of 2015, the Galveston College Foundation Universal Access (UA) award has a new lifetime limit of $2,800.00 for full-time students, which covers all tuition for a 60 hour associate degree. Up to $1,400 may be awarded per year to full-time students for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Upon enrollment for the UA award, a student’s allocation must be used within a five year period. A one-time $200.00 book-only voucher will be given to each eligible student. If the $200 book voucher is not used in full in the first semester that it is accessed, the balance will not be forwarded to future semesters. Detailed information available on the Galveston College website under Development / Foundation:


Fall 2015 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 UA funds.   
  2. Student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a UA application, and an admissions application.
  3. In Fall 2015, UA will pay for 100% of an eligible student's tuition. (By definition excludes all fees.)
  4. In Fall 2015, 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 six and no more than 14 credit hours in an approved degree, certificate, or workforce development Program during the entire summer session.) 
  5. In Fall 2015, 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.
  6. In Fall 2015, 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.
  7. In Fall 2015, UA will pay up to a total of 18 semester hours of developmental coursework.

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Updated 3/24/2015 - Content Author gmilton