Texas Financial Aid
Texas, the largest state in the country is home to more than 500 trade schools, community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. Whether students attend a top ranking college such as Rice University, a state school like the Texas State University, or one of the states smaller schools like Austin Community College, there is a financial assistance available to help them attend the college of their choice. Financial aid in Texas is available through scholarships, grants and students loans. The Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) is a simple form that allows the state to determine eligibility for the state’s financial aid programs.
Texas Scholarships and Grants
Texas scholarships and grants are an important part of the educational landscape for Texaas. Use the Campus Explorer Scholarship Search to find scholarships in Texas that will help you get the education you need.
The College for all Texans and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Website has a list of scholarship opportunities available to Texas residents. These scholarships are administered by the state and are only available to students attending college in Texas. Browse through the eligibility requirements below to decide which scholarships you can apply to:
- Education and Training Vouchers for Youths Aging Out of Foster Care: Foster children must be between the ages of 16 and 21 in order to apply to this aid opportunity. The award amount is $5,000 per year or the cost of attendance, whichever is less and may only be used towards Texas postsecondary institutions.
- Engineering Scholarship Program: Must be college sophomores who are enrolled in an engineering degree program who graduated in the top 20% of his or her graduating class. The award amount is $5,000 maximum.
- Fifth Year Accounting Student Scholarship Program: Student who have not yet taken their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam become eligible for this $5,000 scholarship if they sign a written statement promising to pursue their license in the state of Texas.
- Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship Program: A scholarship based on financial need that is offered to graduate students enrolled in a public affairs, public service or public administration degree program who plan to work in Texas after graduation. Award amounts to $2,000.
- Professional Nursing Scholarships: Texas residents seeking Licensure as a Professional Nurse who demonstrate financial need are eligible for this $2,500 award. Some of the funds are specifically for rural communities and others are for nursing students in a masters degree or doctoral program.
- Robert C. Byrd Scholarship: Graduating high school seniors in the top 10% of their class who are enrolled in a public or private nonprofit college or university are eligible to participate in this $1,500 renewable scholarship.
- Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP): Students in the top third of their class, who will graduate high school with either a Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
- Texas Career Opportunity Grant Program: The goal of this program is to increase college opportunities for Texas’ financially disadvantaged residents. Students must be attending a career college or trade school that costs more than a public technical institution.
- Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program (TEOG): Financially needy students attending a public 2-year college in Texas are eligible to receive up to $3,040 depending on what type of school they are attending.
- Towards Excellence, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant: Students who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $4,000 or less and enrolled in a nonprofit public college or university in Texas within 16 months of graduation. Award amounts vary depending on which school the student attends.
- Texas Health Service Corps Program: Stipends for Resident Physicians: This is a loan offered to resident physicians or medical students in their fourth year who attended an allopathic or osteopathic medical school. The maximum award amount is $15,000 per year and need not be repaid if the physician enters into a contractual agreement with the Center for Rural Health, promising to work in Texas for one year for each year the award is received.
- Texas Public Educational Grant: Any student attending school in Texas, residents, non-residents or foreign students who demonstrates financial need are eligible to apply for this grant. Each school can set limits on funding and add any other criteria as they please, so check with your college financial aid department for additional rules.
- Top 10% Scholarship Program: Designed to encourage students who graduated in the top 10% of their class to continue their education in Texas by attending a public postsecondary school in the state. Full-time students who receive the award are eligible for up to $2,000. Money is dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Tuition Equalization Grant Program: Texas residents or National Merit Finalists from any state who are attending a private, nonprofit Texas college or university may be eligible for the program. The regular award amount is $3,808 maximum, but students whose EFC is less than $1,000 may receive an award amount up to $5,712.
- Vocational Nursing Scholarships: In addition to demonstrating financial need, the student must be enrolled in a degree program that will lead to licensure as a vocational nurse. Some of the funds are geared specifically towards students from rural communities.
- Border County Doctoral Faculty Education Loan Repayment: Person
- Tuition Waivers: There are currently 24 different types of tuition waivers offered to Texas students:
- Mexican Citizens with Financial Need-Border County Waiver
- Military After Assignment in Texas Waiver
- Bordering States Waiver
- Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants Waiver
- Academic Common Market Waiver
- Border County Waiver
- Competitive Scholarship Waiver
- Dual Medical/Philosophy Degree Waiver
- Economic Development and Diversification Waiver
- Good Neighbor Scholarship Program
- Mexican Citizens with Financial Need-Border Nations Waiver
- Military: Honorably Discharged, Separated or Retired Veterans who Move to Texas
- Military: Member, Spouse or Child who Remains Continuously Enrolled in Higher Education in Texas
- Military: NATO Forces
- Military: Radiological Science Students of Midwest State University
- Military: Survivors
- Out-of-State Military: If Family Intent is to Make Texas Home
- Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants Waiver
- Tuition Waiver for Students from Neighboring States Continuing Upper Level Graduate Studies
- Waiver for College Faculty and their Dependents
- Waiver for Nonresidents Enrolled in Texas Public Universities Located within 100 Miles of the Texas Border
- Waiver for Students from Mexico Enrolled in Graduate Degree Programs in Public Health
- Waiver of Nonresident Tuition for Foreign Service Officers Stationed in Mexico Attending Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas
- Waiver Program for Registered Nurses Enrolled in Postgraduate Nursing Degree Programs
- Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants Waiver
Scholarships from Texas Colleges and Universities
Often, Texas colleges offer their own scholarship programs targeted to enrolled students. These scholarships may be based off of a number of varying criteria, making the cost of tuition affordable to any student. Scholarships offered by colleges may be based on financial need, merit, ethnicity, special talent, sports abilities, a combination or more. The following colleges and universities offer unique scholarship opportunities to new and returning students:
Sometimes a college will have a general application that asks enough information for the school to be able to determine which scholarships the student is eligible to apply to. At other schools, students are required to fill out a FAFSA or TAFSA to determine eligibility. Applications are typically located in the financial aid department of your school or on the Internet on your school’s Website.
Students searching for financial aid in Texas should also consider the city in which their college or university is located. Texas colleges and universities located in cities that have a high number of colleges may have more scholarships, grants and financial aid. The cities with the most number of colleges and universities in Texas include Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Fort Worth.
Other Scholarships in Texas
Texas students may also seek scholarships from community organizations, associations and private businesses who set aside funding for students in their area. This option should not be overlooked as there are many scholarships offered through such organizations. Here is a short list to get you started in your search:
- Texas Garden Clubs, Inc.: Students must be college juniors or above who are majoring in horticulture or a related field in order to receive this award.
- Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF) Scholarships: Several scholarships are offered to architecture students from different cities and towns in the state.
- Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) Scholarships: Basic eligibility requirements for all their students must either be a current TAB student member, or be attending a TAB Member school.
- Texas Farm Bureau: Graduating high school seniors who are members of the Texas Farm Bureau in a county within Texas are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
- Permian Basin Area Foundation Scholarships: Over 50 scholarships are offered to students who live in the Permian Basin counties.
- Brazos Valley Restaurant Association Scholarship: Full-time students who maintain a GPA of “C” or better are eligible for this scholarship. It is preferable that the student be enrolled in a business or hospitality degree program.
- Craig Johnson Family Texas Vegetation Management Association (TVMA) Scholarship: A $2,000 cash scholarship is awarded to any student attending a vegetation manager degree program at a Texas college or university.
Texas Student Loans
The Texas B-On-Time (BOT) Loan Program is offered to students who graduated from a Texas high school in the year of 2002 or later and are enrolled in a Texas college or university. Students should also check out the Student Loan Network which has a comprehensive list detailing all loans that are offered at each Texas college.