Grants are funds that do not have to be repaid unless, you withdraw from school, stop attending or owe a refund. All grants are awarded to students with financial need. The amount of some grants depends on the cost of attendance, expected family contribution, enrollment status, and whether you attend a full academic year. There are two types of grants awarded by Galveston College, federal grants and state (Texas) grants. Galveston College does not participate in the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).
Applicants may apply throughout the year but should, by June 9 for fall 2023 semester, by November 8 for spring 2024 semester, and by March 30 for the summer 2024 semester. The Texas state priority deadline for identifying eligible students to be given priority in receiving awards through state financial aid programs is January 15, 2023 for the 2023-2024 academic year. Students whose files are completed by these priority dates will be given priority in processing. Files completed after this date will be processed as time and funds permit. Generally, applicants who do not complete the application process by the priority date should be prepared to pay all educational costs incurred until their application is processed and eligibility is determined. A file is complete when all necessary paperwork has been received, the information verified, and the file reviewed. Processing times may increase during peak periods.
The Federal Pell Grant is awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. The Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. This is an entitlement program with funding available to all eligible applicants, including those who apply after priority deadlines.
- Be a United States citizen or; an eligible noncitizen;
- Have been accepted for admission;
- Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program and pursuing a degree/certificate;
- Have a high school diploma from an accredited high school, GED, Home School, or meet Ability-to-Benefit requirement;
- Demonstrate financial need as described by program guidelines;
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in your course of study;
- Not be in default on a federal student loan; and
- Not owe a refund on any grant received under Title IV programs at any institution and meet program regulations.
Offer Amounts and Selections Process:
Amounts can change yearly as determined by Congress. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $7,395 for the 2023–24 award year. Eligible students are awarded through the automatic packing process as applications are received and determined eligible.
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Complete the Galveston College Financial Aid Information Sheet
- Submit all final official academic transcripts from previously attended institutions of higher education to the Galveston College Admissions Office
- Submit final official high school transcript to the Galveston College Admissions Office, if requested
- Any additional forms that may be requested by the Department of Education or the Galveston College Financial Aid Office
- Complete requirements for Admissions
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is awarded to eligible undergraduate students who show exceptional financial need, those with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number, i. e., 0 EFC. The actual amount will vary depending on the availability of funds and other financial aid the student is receiving.
- Must be Pell eligible
- Must have financial need
- Must not possess a bachelor's degree
- Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Enrolled a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program
- Enrolled with a minimum half-time (6 hours) enrollment in the eligible degree or certificate program
Offer Amounts and Selection Process:
Galveston College's FSEOG award amount is $200 per semester, with a minimum half-time (6 hours) enrollment. The award amount is based on funding provided by the Department of Education and varies year-to-year. Eligible students are awarded through the automatic packing process as applications are received and funds are available.
The TPEG grant is a state financial aid program to assist students attending state-supported colleges. To be eligible, students must show financial need and make satisfactory academic progress toward their educational goal. The actual amount of the grant will vary depending on the availability of funds at the school, the student’s family financial condition, and other financial aid the student is receiving. Galveston College’s award amount is $200 per semester, with a minimum half-time enrollment.
The TEOG Program is for students at Texas two-year public institutions who are Texas residents, in the first 30 hours of their degree or certificate program. Students must apply for financial aid and be enrolled at least half-time.
A full list of eligibility requirements can be found at College for All Texans.
Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Hardship Provisions Policy
State regulations require students to maintain eligibility while receiving the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG). A student who is ineligible for a continuing TEOG award based on ineligible status (19 TAC, Section 22.257) may be deemed eligible under the hardship provision (19 TAC, Section 22.259).
Reason for Loss of Eligibility
Reason for loss of eligibility may be a result of a student falling below the minimum allowed grade point average (GPA), completion rate, enrolled for less than half-time credit hours, enrolled in credit hours in excess of attempted hour limit, or enrolled beyond the time limit restrictions.
Hardship conditions may include, but not limited to
All hardship provisions request must be submitted with documentation as it relates to the hardship conditions described in (19 TAC, Section 22.259): “A severe illness or other debilitating condition that affected your academic performance; or an indication that you are the responsible party for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person and that your provision of care affected your academic performance; or you are enrolled for less than half-time because that is all the hours needed in order to complete your degree plan.”
o Type a letter requesting and detailing the hardship circumstance.
o Attach all supporting documentation.
o Submit letter and documentation to the Financial Aid Office for review.
The Director will review the students Hardship Provisions Appeal once all documentation has been submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Review could take up to 10 business days from receipt of appeal.
Once the appeal has been reviewed by the Director and a decision has been made of approval or denial, the student will be notified via email.