The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Awarded--Offered to a student.
(2) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
(3) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education,
the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.
(4) Committee--The TEXAS Grant Oversight Committee,
authorized through Texas Education Code, §56.311.
(5) Continuation or renewal award--A TEXAS Grant awarded
to a person who has previously received an initial award.
(6) Cost of attendance--An institution's estimate of
the expenses incurred by a typical financial aid student. It includes
direct educational costs (tuition, fees, books, and supplies) as well
as indirect costs (room and board, transportation, and personal expenses).
(7) 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 four years or less to complete.
(8) Degree or certificate program of 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.
(9) Eligible institution--During the 2013-2014 academic
year, all institutions of higher education are eligible to make initial
and continuation awards. Beginning with awards for fall 2014, only
medical or dental units and general academic teaching institutions
other than the public state colleges may make initial and continuation
awards. Other institutions of higher education, including public state
institutions, may only make continuation awards and can make continuation
awards only to otherwise eligible students who received TEXAS Grant
awards prior to fall 2014.
(10) Enrolled on at least a three-quarter basis--Enrolled
for the equivalent of nine undergraduate semester credit hours in
a regular semester.
(11) Entering undergraduate--A student enrolled in
the first 30 semester credit hours or their equivalent, excluding
hours taken during dual enrollment in high school and courses for
which the student received credit through examination.
(12) 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
(13) Financial Aid Advisory Committee--An advisory
committee for the Board, authorized in Texas Education Code, §61.0776
and charged with providing the Board advice and recommendations regarding
the development, implementation, and evaluation of state financial
aid programs for college students.
(14) 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. Federal
and state veterans' educational and special combat pay benefits are
not to be considered in determining a student's financial need.
(15) Foundation high school program--The curriculum
specified in the Texas Education Code, §28.025, as it exists
after the passage of House Bill 5 by the 83rd Legislature, Regular
Session, and the rules promulgated thereunder by the State Board of
(16) General Academic Teaching Institution--As the
term is defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003.
(17) Honorably discharged--Released from active duty
military service with an Honorable Discharge, General Discharge under
Honorable Conditions, or Honorable Separation or Release from Active
Duty, as documented by the Certificate of Release or Discharge from
Active Duty (DD214) issued by the Department of Defense.
(18) Initial year award--The grant award made in the
student's first year in the TEXAS Grant program, typically made up
of a fall and spring disbursement.
(19) Institution of Higher Education or Institution--Any
public technical institute, public junior college, public senior college
or university, medical or dental unit or other agency of higher education
as defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003(8).
(20) Medical or dental unit--As the term is defined
in Texas Education Code, §61.003.
(21) Period of enrollment--The term or terms within
the current state fiscal year (September 1-August 31) for which the
student was enrolled in an eligible institution and met all the eligibility
requirements for an award through this program.
(22) Priority Model--The additional academic requirements
for priority consideration for an initial year TEXAS grant award for
persons who graduate from high school on or after May 1, 2013 and
enroll in a general academic teaching institution in the 2013-2014
academic year or enroll in a medical or dental unit or general academic
teaching institution other than a state college in fall 2014 or later,
as described in §22.228 of this title (relating to Eligible Students).
(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 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) Public state college--As the term is defined in
Texas Education Code, §61.003.
(25) Recommended or advanced high school programs--The
curriculum specified in the Texas Education Code, §28.025 as
it existed as of January 1, 2013, and the rules promulgated thereunder
by the State Board of Education.
(26) Required fees--A mandatory fee (required by statute)
or discretionary fee (authorized by statute, imposed by the governing
board of an institution) and that an institution charges to a student
as a condition of enrollment at the institution or in a specific course.
(27) 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
(28) Tuition--Statutory tuition, designated and/or
|Source Note: The provisions of this §22.226 adopted to be effective August 16, 2004, 29 TexReg 7988; amended to be effective November 28, 2005, 30 TexReg 7869; amended to be effective May 21, 2008, 33 TexReg 3952; amended to be effective May 26, 2010, 35 TexReg 4159; amended to be effective February 28, 2012, 37 TexReg 1335; amended to be effective February 26, 2013, 38 TexReg 1161; amended to be effective February 26, 2014, 39 TexReg 1143