Federal Grant Programs
Eligibility for the following programs is based upon receipt and evaluation of the FAFSA. The FAFSA must be submitted no later than March 15 for fall entry and September 1 for spring entry. These dates ensure that this information will arrive at TCU prior to the deadline of May 1 and November 1, respectively. These programs are subject to the provisions stated in the section titled Student Financial Aid General Policies in this catalog, as well as specific programmatic requirements as defined.
Federal Pell Grant
This is a federally funded grant for undergraduate students only. The maximum amount of the grant is established by the U.S. Department of Education on an annual basis. Grants range from $261 to $4,731.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This is a federally funded grant for undergraduate students only. The average SEOG award at TCU is approximately $500 per academic year. All SEOG awards are dependent on the funding levels approved by federal government appropriations and awards to the institutions. Priority is given to students who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.
Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
This is a federally funded grant for undergraduate students in their first or second academic year of study, who have successfully completed a rigorous high school program after January 1, 2006. Recipients must be a U.S. citizen, eligible for a Pell Grant in the award year and have need eligibility. First academic year award is $750; second academic year award is $1,300.
National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART)
This is a federally funded grant for undergraduate students in their third or fourth academic year of an eligible program of study. Recipients must be a U.S. citizen, eligible to receive a Pell Grant in the award year, have need eligibility, and be enrolled in an eligible major in at least one of the following fields of study: computer science, engineering, critical foreign language, life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences and technology. Awards are $4,000 per year.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
This is a federally funded program for students preparing to teach full-time in a low-income elementary or secondary school (as defined by The Department of Education) and in a high-need field (as listed by the Department of Education which include teaching areas such as science, math, foreign language, Special Education , etc) for a period of 4 years. Recipients are required to complete mandatory counseling sessions as well as sign an Agreement to Serve. Failure to meet an requirements of the TEACH Grant Program results in the TEACH Grant being converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan with interest. Grants vary, up to $4000 per year. Additional information regarding the TEACH Grant can also be found at:
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