Texas State and Federal Government Grants for Education

With the average college tuition being $12,854 for Texas residents, getting state and federal financial aid is essential in order for many students to obtain higher education. By applying for as many types of grants as possible, students can increase their chances of receiving some money and, upon being awarded money, lessen their out-of-pocket costs and the amount of student loans that they may need to take out. Some grants are awarded on the basis of academic performance or a specific area of study. Many grants are needs based, meaning applicants must demonstrate that they can't afford the full cost of college on their own. Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will help students demonstrate need for financial aid and should be filled out as early as possible as some grants are first-come, first-served

Texas Grants

Young people who have been a part of the Texas Family and Protective Services Foster Care Program may be eligible for up to $5000 per year in education vouchers as part of the Education and Training Vouchers for Youths Aging Out of Foster Care program.

Accounting students who have not yet taken the CPA exam, but have stated their intent to do so, can apply for the Fifth Year Accounting Student Scholarship Program. The scholarship, which is worth up to $4000, may be awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and are making progress in their studies.

The TEXAS Grant helps students with low expected family contributions afford to attend public colleges in Texas. The annual awards, of up to $7,100, are determined by filling out the FAFSA form and students will be selected by their school's financial aid office.

Students attending public colleges and universities may qualify for the Texas Public Educational Grant. These grants are for students with financial need and the application criteria, in addition to filling out the FAFSA, is set by each institution.

Texas students who graduate in the top 10% of their class can apply for the Top 10% Scholarship if they plan to attend an in-state public college or university. A bonus award, up to $2000, may be given to students with a major in a field where there is a critical workforce shortage.

The Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship Program provides grants of up to $2000 to Texas residents who are enrolled as graduate students in the fields of public administration, public affairs or public service. Applicants must show financial need, intend to work in Texas after graduation and attend a public or non-profit private school.

Students who are interested in serving in the armed services may apply for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program. Up to $10,000 may be awarded to recipients if they complete the required ROTC training and fulfill their four year commitment to serving in a qualifying branch of the armed services.

Texas residents who are enrolling for in a community college in order to obtain their first associates degree, and demonstrate financial need, may be awarded the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant. Awards, ranging from $945-$3550, are limited to students attending public community colleges and technical schools.

Federal Grants

The Federal PELL Grants are based upon a student's financial need and can be used for undergraduate study. Up to $5500 can be awarded in a year and a FAFSA application is required in order to be eligible.

For students with exceptional financial need, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant offers up to $4000 for those who qualify.

Children, and some grandchildren, of qualifying Marine Corps members can apply for the Marine Corps Foundation Scholarship. Applicants must meet income criteria and be working on their first bachelor's degree or certificate. Larger awards are given to those whose parents were killed in combat on or after September 11, 2001.

Students electing to attend private, non-profit colleges or universities can apply for the Tuition Equalization Grant. This alleviates some of the financial burden of private education for financially needy students. Application is done through the FAFSA form and the maximum grant is $3518, though more may be awarded if the expected family contribution is less than $1000.

Aspiring teachers can apply for the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant if they are from a low income family. Students can receive up to $4000 annually, for four years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study, if they plan to work at a school in a disadvantaged neighborhood teaching in a subject area that has a shortage of teachers. Failure to complete the requirements turns the grant into a loan that must be fully repaid.