Types of Grants

Grants are gift aid that students are awarded based on their expected family contribution, which is calculated from the FAFSA. Applying for grants early is always best, but not mandatory.

Pell Grant: A Federal Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. It is a federal grant awarded to students based on their expected family contribution, which is calculated from the FAFSA. Award amounts range between $301 to $2,865 per semester (maximum of two full-time semesters per academic year). Most recipients may enroll in at least one credit hour. Pell grants are considered an entitlement program. Therefore, students are required to have a fully processed application by their last date of enrollment to receive this aid program.

  • Pell Grant Lifetime Limit: Federal law limits the amount a student may receive over his or her lifetime to the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600% or 12 full-time semesters. For more information regarding Pell Grant lifetime limits, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's website.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): A federal grant available to students with demonstrated need. Award amounts range from $200 to $800 per semester. Priority is given to early applicants. Recipients must be enrolled in at least three hours. An FSEOG does not have to be paid back.

Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG): TPEG is a state program available for eligible students in credit classes to help meet financial need. Generally awarded to early applicants. Credit TPEG award amounts range from $200 to $1,300 per semester. Continuing education TPEG funding is available to eligible continuing education students with demonstrated need who enroll in state-funded classes. Continuing education TPEG awards can be used for tuition only and are generally $300 per quarter. To obtain a continuing education financial aid application, please visit your campus Community & Industry Education Services office.

Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG): A grant available to Texas residents who demonstrate financial need.  To receive the initial award, the student must not have exceeded 30 hours of college credits and be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours. The grant award amount is based on full-time enrollment; however, the award will be prorated for students with an enrollment status of three-quarter or half time.

Supplemental Grants: The College's supplemental grant funding (all grants except federal Pell Grants) is limited and generally awarded to early applicants. TCC's basic financial aid awarding philosophy attempts to award grants in amounts sufficient to cover full-time tuition and book expenses, on a first-come, first-served basis until the grant funding is depleted. 

Applications are available in January, and students are encouraged to apply by May to increase their likelihood of receiving a grant(s). Once awarded, students may apply tuition charges to all grant programs.

Note: TCC also participates in many of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's (THECB's) Exemptions, Waivers, Scholarships and other Aid programs. More information can be found on the THECB website.



Updated November 03, 2015


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