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How are Pell grants dispersed?

All students receiving financial aid must meet the disbursement requirements of each aid program awarded in order for aid to be disbursed. Enrollment is verified on census date for each semester. Dropping classes, withdrawing, or registering for fewer hours once awarded and financial aid is released will result in a change in the amount of your financial aid for the semester or complete cancellation of your financial assistance. Below is a chart explaining the disbursement requirements for each aid program. (The Pell grant is listed separately due to its unique and very specific requirements).

FEDERAL PELL GRANT

The amount of Pell grant you may receive is based on the number of hours the student is enrolled in at the time of disbursement.

12 hours or more is full-time enrollment
9-11 hours (3/4 time) or
6-8 hours (1/2 time)

The Pell grant is federally funded “gift” aid and is not normally repaid, however, if a change in your enrollment status occurs prior to the census date (full-time to 3/4 time or less), you will be responsible for repayment of the difference between the amount you received and the amount specified for the new status. Withdrawal from all courses after the census date may also necessitate repayment.

TEXAS PUBLIC EDUCATION GRANT-TPEG

The amount of TPEG you may receive is based on the number of hours you are enrolled in at the time of disbursement.

12 hours or more is full-time enrollment
9-11 hours (3/4 time) or
6-8 hours (1/2 time)

The TPEG is state funded “gift” aid and is not normally repaid, however, if a change in your enrollment status occurs prior to the census date (full-time to 3/4 time or less), you will be responsible for repayment of the difference between the amount you received and the amount specified for the new status. Withdrawal from all courses after the census date may also necessitate repayment.

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Type of AidMinimum number of enrolled hours to be eligibleCan dropping classes change my eligibility?Can withdrawing from the university require repayment?
SEOG GRANT6 HOURSYESYES
TPEG GRANTFull TimeYESYES
TEXAS GRANT9 credit hours/Complete 24
credit hours in academic year
YESYES
DIRECT SUBSIDIZED LOAN6 HOURSYESYES
DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED LOAN6 HOURSYESYES
FEDERAL PARENT PLUS LOAN 6 HOURSYESYES
COLLEGE ACCESS LOAN6 HOURSYESYES
BE ON TIME LOAN12 HOURSYESYES
FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIPS15 HOURSYESYES
TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS15 HOURSYESYES
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