*Note that most grants are funded through state or federal programs and are subject to change at any time. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for confirmation of grant offerings at SWTJC.
Grants are awarded based on financial need determined by the results of the FAFSA form. Grants are gift funds that do not require repayment. A student's financial aid award will include grant funds whenever guidelines and funding levels permit. Funding is limited in some programs so students must apply early to receive most federal and state grant funds. Priority for grants is given to students that meet the May 1st priority deadline.
Grant funds are initially awarded based on full-time status during the fall and spring semesters. If a students enrollment changes to three-quarter time and half-time status, grant funds will be reduced.
Federal Pell Grants Program
Students may apply for this federal grant by completing and submitting a financial aid application. The applications can be obtained from the institution's financial aid office or from a high school counselor. Eligibility is based on financial need as determined by a "pre-established formula". For those eligible, minimum student awards will be $555. Maximum amounts are expected to be $5550 for the 2011-2012 award years.
Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
In order to be considered for the ACG grant students must first apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have been determined to be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. Students must also meet the following criteria:
- Students must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be enrolled in a two or four-year degree program; and
- Must enrolled full time.
- First- year students must have completed a rigorous high school program of study as designated by their state, on or after January 1, 2006
- Second-year students must have completed a rigorous high school program of study as designated by their state, on or after January 1, 2005. In addition, student mut also have a 3.0 GPA.
- Students must be in their first or second academic year of a two or four-year degree program
The rigorous high school program consists of:
The student has taken and passed the test for at least two Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses; or
The student has completed a high school course of study with at least;
- 4 years of high school English
- 3 years of high school math, including Algebra I and another higher level math course;
- 3 years of high school science, which must include 2 years of biology, chemistry, or physics;
- 3 years of high school social studies; and
- 1 year of high school foreign language
Starting on July 1, first and second- year students who have already completed their FAFSA and who may be eligible for an ACG grant will receive an email or regular mailing from the Department of Education's Federal Student Aid Office (FSA). Applicants will be provided with a link to a secure web site where they can learn more about the ACG grant program and provide additional information to determine eligibility.
The ACG is an additional federal grant program that is awarded to eligible students. First year recipients must have completed a rigorous secondary school program of study after 1/1/2006. Second year recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA in an eligible program. Other requirements may apply. Program funds are subject to change and are based upon federal funding.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The SEOG program is another federal program that offers grant aid to eligible students. Eligibility and the amount of award are based on the results of the financial aid application. Program funds are subject to change and are based upon federal funding.
Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) and Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP) Programs
The Texas Public Education Grant program was authorized by House Bill 688, 64th Texas Legislature, 1975. Grants are to be awarded based upon financial need of the applicant. Grants are limited to an amount not to exceed the total tuition and fees charged the applicant. Eligibility is determined by the institution based on results of a financial aid application. Non-resident students are eligible to participate. Program funds are subject to change and are based upon state funding.
Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)
All applicants who file an application for financial aid at SWTJC are eligible for a grant if need is established. House Bill 43, adopted in May, 1971, by the Texas Legislature created this program for eligible Texas residents. Funds for this program are provided from a portion of tuition and fees paid by SWTJC students. Eligibility is determined by the institution based on results of a financial aid application. Non-resident students are eligible to participate. Program funds are subject to change and are based upon state funding.
Texas Grant Program
Texas residents who completed the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program, graduated from a public or an accredited private high school in Texas no earlier than Fall 1998 may be eligible to receive a Texas grant. Applicant must complete Fall application for Federal Student Aid. Other requirements apply. The grant will pay for tuition and fees. Program funds are subject to change and are based upon state funding.
Texas Education Opportuntiy Grant (TEOG)
Texas residents who are not eligible for the Texas Grant Program may be eligible to receive a TEOG grant. Applicants must complete Fall application for Federal Student Aid. Student must be enrolled in at least half-time, in a certificate or associate degree program. The student must also show financial need and have a family contribution of $2000 or less, not be convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance, and not have an associates or baccalaureate degree. The grant will assist with tuition and fees and awards. Program funds are subject to change and are based upon state funding.