TSTC West Texas Pell Grant Policy
Established July 1, 2011
Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant is based upon a student's financial need. The student's need is determined by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must annually complete the 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 or by the school must turn in all requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office. TSTC West Texas 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 2012-2013 award year is $5,550 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 receive, however, 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
The TSTC West Texas definition for an academic year is 45 weeks during which a full-time student is expected to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. Students are awarded 1/3 of the scheduled Pell award each term or trimester and it is prorated for enrollmebt status. Full time requires 12 credit hours of enrollment, 9-11 credit hours = 3/4 time; and 6-8 credit hours = 1/2 time enrollment. Pell grant amounts are adjusted accordingly.
New Pell Policies
Eligibility Limit and Disbursement
Students may receive Pell Grants for as many as 12 full-time semesters (or the equivalent). After completion of 12 full time terms, students are no longer eligible to receive a pell grant.
Determination must be documented and made on a student-by-student basis:
- Student must submit a statement and supporting documentation that explains why they were unable to accelerate their progression because of events beyond their control.
- Documentation must be sufficient to demonstrate the events were beyond the students control.
- Documentation must include evidence that the event was substantial enough to prevent the progression by the student.
- Documentation may be supported by professionals including faculty, counselors, physicians, ministers, or police reports and/or court documentation.
- Special Adjustments are made for children of deceased service members.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 grants an automatic zero EFC for the Federal Pell Grant Program ONLY to Federal Pell Grant eligible students whose parent or guardian was a member of the Armed Forces and died in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.