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Grants

Grants are funds that normally do not require repayment. Due to limited funds, most state grant funds are no longer available to students who complete financial aid applications after the published deadlines. It is important to submit all requested documents to the Office of Financial Aid by the published priority deadline to be considered for grant funds.

Undergraduate students must enroll full-time to receive maximum grant funding. If you enroll less than full-time, most grants (including the Federal Pell Grant) will prorate based on your enrollment. 

Graduate students must enroll at least half-time to qualify for state grant funding.

The chart below details enrollment definitions at UTA.

CareerFull-TimeThree Quarter TimeHalf-TimeLess Than Half-Time
Undergraduate 12 Credit Hours 9-11 Credit Hours 6-8 Credit Hours Less than 6 Credit Hours
Graduate* 9 Credit Hours N/A 5 Credit Hours N/A

*Graduate Nursing Students should refer to the University Catalog regarding enrollment definitions.

Students participating in the Accelerated Online programs are only eligible for funding through the Federal Pell Grant, TEXAS Grant, and TPEG programs pending available funding.

UTA reserves the right to reduce or cancel the amount of institutional/state grant funds awarded to students who receive other scholarship assistance, grant assistance or specific federal, state or institutional tuition waivers or other benefits that are designated to cover tuition and fees.

Federal Pell Grants -- Undergraduate students seeking their first bachelor’s degree who have an EFC between $0 and $5,234 may be eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant. Annual awards for 2017-2018 range from $5,920 to $606. The amount a student can receive is based on a federally mandated formula approved by the United States Congress.

Students must enroll full-time to receive their full Pell Grant eligibility for the semester. If you enroll less than full-time, your Pell Grant will prorate accordingly based on your enrollment.

PLEASE NOTE: Not all students qualify to receive a Pell Grant for less than full-time enrollment. Please contact us if you have questions regarding how your enrollment affects your aid.

Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one college or university during the same semester. Students may receive Federal Pell Grants for up to 6 years of full-time study. Once a student receives Federal Pell Grant funds for 6 years, they have met the Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) and are no longer eligible to receive grant funds through this program. 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants -- These federal grants are awarded to assist undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. These grants do not prorate, but half-time enrollment is required to qualify for a disbursement.

Texas Public Education Grants -- These grants are available to both graduate and undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. At least half-time enrollment is required to qualify for a disbursement, and undergraduate grants prorate based on enrollment.

Mav Grants -- These grants are available to both graduate and undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need who are bona fide Texas residents. At least half-time enrollment is required to qualify for a disbursement, and undergraduate grants prorate based on enrollment.

TEXAS Grants -- These grants are available to undergraduate students who meet both specific academic criteria as well as demonstrated financial need based on available funding. Eligible students must be Texas residents, graduate from a public or accredited private high school in Texas no earlier than Fall 1998 or receive an Associate degree in May 2001 or later, must complete the recommended high school curriculum or its equivalent, and must not be convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance.

The priority deadline for first-time applicants is March 15. For a complete list of TEXAS Grant eligibility criteria, including the Priority Model Requirements, visit the College For All Texans website. Available funding and maximum award amounts are determined by the Texas state legislature.

The TEXAS Grant requires students to be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours to qualify for a disbursement.

Please Note: State grants cannot be combined. Your full grant eligibility will be awarded from one state grant fund.

Federal TEACH Grant --These grants are available to students who plan to teach in designated shortage teaching areas at low income Title I schools. Students may receive up to $3,736 per year, but the grant reverts to an Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan if the teaching obligation is not met. Please review our TEACH Grant Fact Sheet for additional information.

State Scholarships, Waivers and Exemptions -- The state of Texas provides additional funds for students in specific situations. Please contact the Office of Student Accounts for more information.