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Federal Pell Grant Policy

Students must annually complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for all federal financial aid programs. This includes the Federal Pell Grant Program. Students who are selected for verification by the Central Processing System, by the school or who have eligibility issues that must be resolved, must turn in all requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office. Texas State Technical College (TSTC) will not make any financial aid awards until the verification process has been completed. Students will be notified of their status. 

Annual Maximum Awards

  • The maximum scheduled Pell Grant award for the 2016-17 award year is $5,815 for students enrolled on a full-time basis. PLEASE NOTE: This amount is subject to change based on program funding.
  • The maximum amount can change each award year and depends on program funding. The amount you get, though, will depend not only on your financial need, but also on your costs to attend school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

    Key Concepts and Definitions

    • Annual grant limits are tied to the completion of an academic year.
    • TSTC’s definition of an academic year is 45 weeks spread over a 12-month period during which a full-time student is expected to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. Students are awarded 1/3 of the scheduled Federal Pell award each semester.

      The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 grants an automatic zero EFC for the Federal Pell Grant Program to Federal Pell Grant eligible students whose parent or guardian was a member of the Armed Forces and died in Iraq
      or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001.

      Established July 1, 2011

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