Sources of Financial Aid
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There's many ways to help finance your education. While we are proud of the fact that TSTC's education is affordable and a high return on your investment, we realize financing is the only option for some students. Here's some sources of aid that often go overlooked, in addition to the Scholarships, and Federal Direct Student Loan Program, Alternative Loans and Veteran's Dependent Financing options to the left.
If you are an incoming freshmen who plans on enrolling as a full-time student, a tool you can use for a rough approximation of financial aid, is the Net Price Calculator. Although the calculator is not designed to replace the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a complete financial aid award package provided by a college financial aid office, it can help guide you.
Aid Application for Non-Citizens
If you are a permanent Texas resident under SB 1528, you are eligible to complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). Eligible students would be considered for state financial aid.
Emergency Tuition Loan
Haven’t received your financial aid package and it’s time to pay your state and designation tuition? If you have a financial hardship you may be eligible for emergency tuition loan. The emergency loan can help you stay in school until you receive your aid package. Contact your TSTC Financial Aid Office for more information (TSTC West Texas students should contact the student accounting office for emergency tuition loans).
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is designed to help you obtain your postsecondary education. It is intended to be the base of your financial aid package and may not cover all your expenses. The good news is that — unlike loans — you generally don’t have to pay them back. Eligibility is based on a student’s financial need.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
For students who really have a vast need for more aid, the Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant could be just the ticket. FSEOG funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The amount of the FSEOG varies according to the availability of other grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment. Your TSTC Financial Aid representative can help you apply.
Federal Academic Competitive Grant (ACG)
The Federal Academic Competitive Grant (ACG) is available to undergraduate students who have successfully completed a 'rigorous secondary school program of study.' Eligibility is determined upon TSTC's receipt of the processed FAFSA. Another good reason to apply for the FASFA early!
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
The State of Texas offers additional financial assistance to students that can show financial need. TPEG money is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis — meaning the earlier you file for your aid, the more you may be eligible to receive. And it’s a grant, so as long as you stay enrolled and are making satisfactory progress, you will not have to pay it back!
Toward Excellence, Access & Success (TEXAS)
Another way the State of Texas helps its residents pay for their education is through a unique program called Toward Excellence, Access & Success. This program pays state and designated tuition for certain students who have graduated from Texas public or accredited private high schools within the preceding 16 months. If you are a Texas high school graduate and have completed the recommended or advanced high school curriculum and are able to show financial need, you may be eligible. If not, you may be eligible for the TEXAS Grant II.
Federal and State Work-Study Program (FWSP)
Another way to help pay your way through college is with the work-study program, which is designed to promote part-time on-campus employment for those who need financial assistance. Funds are available to the college to help create job opportunities; however, these funds are limited and you must apply early!
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) provides financial assistance to students whose significant physical or mental disabilities have resulted in substantial vocational disabilities. Learning disorders are among the eligible conditions. In order to provide training assistance, DARS must determine that such training is necessary for employment and that the individual has a good chance of success in the chosen program.
If you believe you qualify, please submit an application. You will be tested and counseled to determine eligibility. The amount of DARS assistance depends on available funds and individual need. A fulltime DARS representative is on campus to assist DARS clients while attending TSTC. Contact your local Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services office for an application and more information.
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program established under the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. The TAA Program provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Texas Workforce Commission Office in the county of your official residence.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
The Workforce Development Board in your area may offer payment of tuition and/or other expenses to students who qualify for this program. Contact the nearest Workforce Center or call 1-800-457-5600 or 1-800-457-5633. Applications for the program should be made as far in advance of registering as possible.
Veterans’ Benefits (GI Bill)
TSTC is proud to provide services to those who have served in the armed forces or their eligible dependents. The college is approved for training veterans and their eligible dependents under the provisions of various laws commonly called the GI Bill. A veteran with remaining entitlement may receive a monthly check, which varies in amount based on class load and the type of eligibility that the veteran has. A spouse or child of a veteran may receive benefits under certain conditions. The DD form 214 and all official college, university and military transcripts may be required. Veterans who may be eligible for assistance under any of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs programs should contact their TSTC college’s Veterans Certification Officer.