Types of Grants

The following is a list of the available Grants, both Federal and State, that students can qualify for. Qualification varies based on the requirements of each Grant.

Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG)
Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)
Supplemental Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP)
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
Toward EXcellence Access & Success Grant (TEXAS Grant)
Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG)

The Financial Aid Director is responsible for verification of student eligibility and reporting for the State Grants available. The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, and the Federal Work-Study Program are referred to as campus-based programs because although funded primarily with Federal dollars, the institution is able to determine how these funds should be awarded to students.

 

Federal Pell Grant (FPG)

The Federal Pell Grant is an entitlement program.

Purpose of Program

The Federal Pell Grant program is Federally funded with the purpose of helping financially needy students meet the cost of post-secondary education. This program is centrally administered by the Federal government and is typically the foundation of a student's aid package.

Determining Eligibility

The FAO uses the Pell award as the foundation of the student's Financial Aid package. Therefore, students requesting financial assistance during their enrollment are required to establish Federal Pell Grant eligibility before additional determination of funds eligibility is made and/ or awarded.

To pay a student a Pell Grant, CC must have appropriate documentation of the student's eligibility. CC must have received a output document (one with an EFC) while the student is still enrolled for the award year, but no later than the deadline as published by the Department of Education (ED). Students who submit an eligible SAR or have electronic Pell data submitted to CC after the end of an enrollment period for which the student met all the necessary criteria, will receive a retroactive (late) award provided the student had a SAR with an official EFC by his/her last date of attendance. Regulations prohibit a school from making a late disbursement to a student for whom the school did not have a valid SAR/ISIR by the deadline established by ED.

Students are notified of the estimated amount of their Pell Grant based upon full-time status, indicating the award amount will decrease if enrolled less than half-time, through an award letter.

A student's initial calculation is the first calculation of a student's Federal Pell Grant. This initial calculation is based upon full-time enrollment and occurs at the time the student is initially packaged. In certain cases, CC may have to recalculate a student's Pell Grant after the initial calculation or disbursement, to account for changes to the student's costs, EFC or enrollment status.

A student's Pell eligibility is determined by his or her enrollment on the census date. If a student drops, withdraws from or adds a class before the census date, the student's enrollment status will be adjusted and the student's Pell grant recalculated based upon any changes in enrollment status through that census date. Recalculations will include both increases and/or decreases in enrollment up to the census date of the student's last class. For student's who complete their file after the semester is completed, their award will be based on their final enrollment status and will include only courses completed (includes earned Fs, in progress and incompletes), and dropped classes or withdrawals will not be included in determining enrollment status.

If the EFC changes due to corrections, updating, or an adjustment, and the EFC change would change the amount of the Pell award, CC must recalculate the Pell award for the entire award year. If as a result of this recalculation, the student has received more than his or her award amount, then the student has received an overpayment. In some cases, CC may be able to adjust an award by reducing or canceling later payments for the student in the same award year.

CC must recalculate a student's Pell Grant each semester based on the enrollment status for that semester.

The Summer semester(s) are treated as a trailer. Students who do not use their entire Pell allocation during the Fall and Spring semesters may use the balance during the following Summer semester. The majority of CC students has received their full scheduled Pell Grant after the Spring semester and therefore may only qualify for additional PELL disbursements under the Year Round PELL program.

The objective of the Year Round PELL Program is to help needy students accelerate their academic progress. Acceleration occurs if one credit hour or clock hour in the payment period when award will be from a second Schedule Award must be attributable to the student's next academic year. The statutory definition of Academic Year for credit hours is 24 semester hours and for clock hours is 900 clock hours.

In order to receive the Second Scheduled Award the student must:

1. Be otherwise PELL Grant eligible,
2. Enroll at least half-time,
3. Have already received 100% of first Scheduled Award, and
4. Student must demonstrate academic year acceleration.

Payment

The student's anticipated Federal Title IV awards can be applied toward the student's tuition and fees and dorm charges. The student may also provide written authorization to charge their books and supplies (purchased in the CC bookstore), prior year institutional charges, or any other educationally related cost to their Financial Aid account. This authorization is completed by the student upon receipt of Financial Aid information.

Student Eligibility

Students must meet the eligibility requirements described in Section 5.5. A student's EFC calculation is determined only through the Central Processing System of the Department of Education using the Federal Methodology need analysis formula.

Amount of Federal Pell Grant

The amount of Federal Pell Grant for which a student is eligible is determined using the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the student's enrollment status, and the corresponding cost of education from the Federal Pell Grant Eligibility Chart published by the Department of Education.

Disbursement Procedures

Pell Grant funds are disbursed to students only after an official/valid EFC from the Department of Education has been received and the student's file is considered complete.

 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is a gift program for students who demonstrate financial need.

Purpose of Program

The FSEOG program is Federally funded for the purpose of helping the financially needy students meet the cost of post-secondary education. This program is administered by the institution; however, FSEOG funds are awarded only to Pell Grant recipients with the lowest family contribution. In addition, an eligible recipient must be an undergraduate student. A student who has earned a bachelor's degree or first professional degree is NOT eligible to receive an FSEOG.

Determining Eligibility

In order to determine a student's eligibility for a Federal SEOG, they must meet the same requirements as Pell Grant recipients. Federal FSEOG awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis using the student's validation complete date until the allocation is depleted.

If additional funds become available, the FAO will review currently enrolled students to determine who is eligible. The FAO will determine when the allocation was originally depleted during the packaging process and then use the validation complete date to determine eligibility. The student's original date of application will be used in instances where the amount available is not sufficient to award to all students with the same validation complete date.

Amount of Award

The regulated maximum amount of FSEOG is $4,000 and the minimum is $100. However, the Clarendon College FAO self-imposes minimum and maximum awards to ensure that the greatest number of students have an opportunity to receive a portion of the FSEOG allocation. A student's award is based on his or her enrollment status.

 

Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)

Purpose of the Program

The LEAP program is Federal and State funded for the purpose of helping financially needy Texas residents meet the cost of post-secondary education. This program is administered by the State and the institution.

Determining Eligibility

LEAP is open to full-time undergraduates who are residents of Texas.

Payment

Recipients will be selected during the Fall semester of each award year.

Amount of Award

The maximum is lesser of need or $1,000.

 

Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP)

Purpose of the Program

The SLEAP program is Federal and State funded for the purpose of helping financially needy Texas residents meet the cost of post-secondary education. This program is administered by the State and the institution.

Determining Eligibility

SLEAP is open to full-time undergraduates who are residents of Texas.

Payment

Recipients will be selected during the Fall semester of each award year.

Amount of Award

The maximum is lesser of need or $1,000.

 

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

Purpose of the Program

The TPEG program is grant program allowing Public colleges or universities in Texas make TPEG awards from their own resources. Only in-state (Texas) colleges or universities may participate in the program. Only public colleges or universities participate in the program.

Determining Eligibility

TPEG is open to undergraduates who are resident or non-resident students with unusual need situations. Are Texas residents, non-residents or foreign students, who show financial need and, who register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement.

Payment

Recipients will be selected during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters of each award year.

Amount of Award

The maximum is lesser of need or $1,000.

 

Toward EXcellence, Access and Success Grant (TXGI & TXGR)

Purpose of the Program
The Texas Legislature established the TEXAS (Towards EXcellence, Access and Success) Grant to make sure that well-prepared high school graduates with financial need could go to college.

Determining Eligibility

For an initial award:

a. Are Texas residents
b. Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance
c. Show financial need
d. Have an EFC less than or equal to 4000
e. Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement

AND

f. Be a graduate of an accredited high school in Texas not earlier than the 1998-99 school year
g. Complete the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program in high school
h. Enroll in a non-profit public college or university in Texas within 16 months of graduation from a public or accredited private high school in Texas and
i. Have accumulated no more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual or concurrent courses or awarded for credit by examination (AP, IB or CLEP).

OR

j. Have earned an associate degree from a public technical, state or community college in Texas and
k. Enroll in any public university in Texas no more than 12 months after receiving their associate's degree.


Students entering the program from high school who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 150 semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for five years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or six years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first.

Students entering the program based on acquisition of an associate's degree who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 90 semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for three years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or four years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first.

The academic requirements for continuing in the program are:

A. At the end of the first year, a student entering the program must be meeting the school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
B. At the end of the second year in the program or later years, all students must complete at least 75% of the hours attempted in the prior academic year, have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 24 semester credit hours per year.

Payment

Recipients will be selected during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters of each award year.

Amount of Award

The award amount (including state and institutional funds) is equal to the student's tuition and required fees. For 2010-2011, the state amount is approximately $1,780 per year for public community college students.

 

Toward Excellence, Access and Success Grant II (TEOG)

Purpose of the Program

To provide grant aid to financially needy students enrolled in Texas public two-year colleges.

Determining Eligibility

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid office at the college or university the student applied to will notify the student if he/she is eligible. The TEOG Grant is available to individuals who:

a. Are Texas residents;
b. Show financial need;
c. If applying for a first-time award, have a family contribution of no more than $2,000;
d. Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement;
e. Are enrolled at least 1/2 time (6 semester credit hours) in the first 30 hours (or their equivalent) in an associate's degree or certificate program at a public two-year college in Texas;
f. Have not been granted an associate's or a baccalaureate degree; and
g. Have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance.*

Students who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 75 semester credit hours, for four years, or until they receive an associate's degree, whichever comes first. The academic requirements for continuing in the program are: At the end of the first year, the student must meet the school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. At the end of the second year, the student must complete at lease 75 percent of the hours attempted in the prior academic year and have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Payment

Recipients will be selected during the Fall semester of each award year.

Amount of Award

The award amount (including state and institutional funds) is equal to the student's tuition and required fees. (For 2010-2011, this amount is approximately $890 per semester for public community college students).

 

TEXAS Grant, BOT and TEOG Hardship Policy

In the event of a hardship, a student has the right to submit an appeal to receive their TEXAS Grant, BOT or TEOG. The request must be submitted in writing and must explain the reason for the request. Reasons that may be considered include:

1. A showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student's academic performance.
2. An indication that the student is responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person that the student's provision of care may affect his or her academic performance.
3. The student requires less than number or hours required for eligibility (9 for TEXAS Grant, 6 for TEOG and 12 for BOT) to complete their degree plan.

Supporting documentation may be required. The student's request will be reviewed and a determination made within 30 business days of submitting all requested documentation. Submitting an appeal does not guarantee any adjustments can or will be made.