Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant awarded to eligible undergraduate students who complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To be eligible, students must meet all of the following requirements:

EFC: 0 – 5486*  Pell Grant eligible
EFC: 5487 & Higher* Not Pell Grant eligible

*EFC information provided for 2018-2019. 
An EFC above 3700 requires 6+ hours minimum enrollment. 
An EFC above 4900 requires 9+ hours minimum enrollment. 
An EFC above 5300 requires full-time enrollment

  • Must NOT have received a Federal Pell Grant for more than the equivalent of 12 semesters at full-time enrollment.

Federal Pell Grant FAQs

If I am eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, do I have to pay it back?

Federal Pell Grants do not have to be repaid unless there is a decrease in enrollment after receiving the funds. Any decrease in enrollment due to withdrawing, being withdrawn, or dropping classes might result in having to pay a portion or all of the Federal Pell Grant back.

If I am required to repay Federal Pell funds due to a decrease in enrollment, can I still receive other types of aid?

No, Federal Pell Grants must be repaid in order to continue receiving financial aid. This includes future Federal Pell Grant Funds, Federal Direct Loans and Work Study.

Can I receive Federal Pell funds for an unlimited number of semesters?

No, the Title IV Consolidation Appropriation Act of 2012 limits Federal Pell Grant payments to six (6) years of full-time enrollment. Students who exceed this timeframe can no longer receive a Federal Pell Grant, but may be able to apply for Federal Direct Loans (for up to 150% of academic program length), Work-Study, or other state grants or scholarships. 

How will my total Federal Pell Grant for the year be issued?

The total award in your ACES Award Summary will be divided and issued between the Fall and Spring semesters.
Example: A student who is awarded $5,600 in Federal Pell Grant can receive a maximum of $2,800 in the Fall and again in the Spring, depending on the "official" number of hours in which the student is enrolled on the census date.

How much Federal Pell Grant will I actually receive per semester?

After dividing your total award for the year in half, the maximum amount you are eligible to receive for the semester is based upon full-time (12 hours) enrollment. If you enroll in less than 12 hours, the amount of Pell Grant paid will be prorated to match the actual hours for which you are enrolled at the time of credit to your account, and up through the census date.
Example: A student who is eligible to receive a total Federal Pell Grant of $2,800 for the semester but enrolls in only six (6) hours will have the amount decreased to a total award payment of $1,400. Federal Pell Grant funds incrementally decrease for enrollment between 9-11 hours, 6-8 hours, and 1-5 hours.

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is a need-based grant made available through each college’s resources. Priority is given to students with little or no Federal Pell Grant eligibility, and funds are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Funds are available for Texas resident, out-of-state, and foreign students and can range from $200-$2000 per year.

To be eligible, students must meet all of the following requirements:


Texas Public Education Grant – Continuing Education (TPEG-CE)

The Texas Public Education Grant for Continuing Education (TPEG-CE) is a need-based grant designed to help Texas resident students cover tuition and fees for career or occupational-related courses. Funds are on a first-come, first-served basis and do not cover the cost of books, materials, tools or any other supplies.

Steps to Apply:

Once award notification is received, students must coordinate with college financial aid offices to receive payment vouchers. If students register for classes before the TPEG award is approved, they must set up a self-payment or third party payment at the time of registration.

Important Information:

  • Students receiving VA Benefits, Hazlewood, or other tuition assistance benefits are not eligible.
  • Allow approximately 7-10 business days to process TPEG-CE Application and CE Tuition Bill.
  • CE non-reimbursable courses are not eligible (i.e., GED, ESOL, and Alternative Teacher Certification).
  • Applications are accepted for currently enrolled courses only. Reimbursements are not made for completed courses.
  • Students must pay for any tuition and fees not covered by TPEG-CE at the time the TPEG payment voucher is presented to the Bursar's Office.

Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program (TEOG)

The Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) is a need-based grant designed to assist students enrolled at Texas Public Two-Year colleges.
Students who are eligible to participate may continue to receive funds for 1) up to four years from their first award, 2) up to 75 attempted hours, or 3) until completion of an associate's degree, whichever occurs first.

Initial Eligibility Requirements:

*EFC information provided for 2018-2019

  • Be enrolled at least half-time per semester
  • Be within the first 30 hours of college credit
  • Register for Selective Service or are exempt
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance

Renewal Eligibility Requirements: