The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) 2006 Revised TEG Program--The TEG program as authorized
in statute as amended by the 79th Texas State Legislature in 2005
and which applies to students who are awarded their initial TEG on
or after September 1, 2005.
(2) Academic year--A twelve-month period designated
by an eligible institution as its financial aid award year.
(3) Awarded--Offered to a student.
(4) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
(5) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education,
the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.
(6) Continuation award--A TEG grant received in any
academic year other than the year in which an individual received
his or her initial TEG award.
(7) Cost of attendance--A Board-approved estimate of
the expenses incurred by a typical financial aid student in attending
a particular college or university. It includes direct educational
costs (tuition, fees, books, and supplies) as well as indirect costs
(room and board, transportation, and personal expenses).
(8) Degree or certificate program of four years or
less--A baccalaureate degree or certificate program other than in
architecture, engineering or any other program determined by the Board
to require more than four years to complete.
(9) Degree or certificate program more than four years--A
baccalaureate degree or certificate program in architecture, engineering
or any other program determined by the Board to require more than
four years to complete.
(10) Exceptional financial need--The need an undergraduate
student has if his or her expected family contribution is less than
or equal to $1000.
(11) Enrollment on at least a half-time basis--For
undergraduate students, enrolled for the equivalent of six or more
semester credit hours per regular semester. For graduate students,
enrolled for the equivalent of 4.5 or more semester credit hours per
regular semester or enrolled for 50 percent of the normal full-time
load of the student's program of study.
(12) Enrollment on at least a three-fourths or three-quarters
basis--For undergraduate students, enrolled for the equivalent of
nine or more semester credit hours per regular semester. For graduate
students, enrolled for the equivalent of six or more semester credit
hours per regular semester or enrolled for 75 percent of the normal
full-time load of the student's program of study.
(13) Expected family contribution--The amount of discretionary
income that should be available to a student from his or her resources
and that of his or her family, as determined following the federal
(14) Full-time enrollment--For undergraduate students,
enrollment for the equivalent of twelve or more semester credit hours
per regular semester or term. For graduate students, enrollment for
the equivalent of nine or more semester credit hours per regular semester
or term or the normal full-time load of the student's program of study.
(15) Financial need--The cost of attendance at a particular
public or private institution of higher education less the expected
family contribution. The cost of attendance and family contribution
are to be determined in accordance with Board guidelines.
(16) Graduate student--A student who has been awarded
a baccalaureate degree and is enrolled in coursework leading to a
graduate or professional degree.
(17) Initial TEG or initial award--The first Tuition
Equalization Grant ever awarded to a specific student.
(18) Original TEG Program--The TEG program as authorized
by statute prior to amendments adopted by the 79th Texas State Legislature
in 2005 and which applies to students who were awarded their initial
TEG prior to September 1, 2005, including students awarded their initial
TEG prior to September 1, 2005 for the 2005-2006 academic year.
(19) Period of enrollment--The semesters or terms within
an academic year for which the student was enrolled in an approved
institution and met all the eligibility requirements for an award
through this program.
(20) Private or independent institution--Any college
or university defined as a private or independent institution of higher
education by Texas Education Code, §61.003.
(21) Program or TEG--The Tuition Equalization Grant
(22) Program maximum--The TEG Program award maximum
determined by the Board in accordance with Texas Education Code, §61.227
(relating to Payment of Grant; Amount).
(23) Program Officer--The individual named by each
participating institution's chief executive officer to serve as agent
for the Board. The Program Officer has primary responsibility for
all ministerial acts required by the program, including the selection
of recipients, maintenance of all records and preparation and submission
of reports reflecting program transactions. Unless otherwise indicated
by the administration, the director of student financial aid shall
serve as Program Officer.
(24) Regular semester--A fall or spring semester, typically
of 16 weeks duration.
(25) Residency Core Questions--A set of questions developed
by the Coordinating Board to be used to determine a student's eligibility
for classification as a resident of Texas, available for downloading
through the Coordinating Board's website and incorporated into the
ApplyTexas application for admission.
(26) Resident of Texas--A resident of the State of
Texas as determined in accordance with Chapter 21, Subchapter B of
this title (relating to Determination of Resident Status). Nonresident
students who are eligible to pay resident tuition rates are not residents
(27) Total TEG need--The total amount of TEG funds
that eligible students at an approved institution could receive if
the program were fully funded.
(28) Tuition differential--The difference between the
tuition paid at the private or independent institution attended and
the tuition the student would have paid to attend a comparable public
(29) Undergraduate student--An individual who has not
yet received a baccalaureate degree.