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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 22GRANT AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
SUBCHAPTER LTOWARD EXCELLENCE, ACCESS, AND SUCCESS (TEXAS) GRANT PROGRAM
RULE §22.228Eligible Students

(a) All persons who receive an initial award through the TEXAS Grant Program while attending public community colleges, technical colleges or the Lamar Institute of Technology in the 2013-2014 academic year must:

  (1) be a resident of Texas;

  (2) show financial need;

  (3) have applied for any available financial aid assistance;

  (4) not have been granted a baccalaureate degree;

  (5) be a graduate of an accredited high school in this state not earlier than the 1998-1999 school year;

  (6) have completed the Recommended or Advanced High School Program, or if a graduate of a private high school, its equivalent, unless the student:

    (A) graduated from a public high school that has been certified by its district not to offer all the courses necessary to complete all parts of the Recommended or Advanced High School Program, and the student has completed all courses that the high school offered toward the completion of such a curriculum; or

    (B) was anticipated to graduate under the Recommended or Advanced High School Program or meet the academic requirements as outlined by subsection (b)(5) of this section when the award was made; or

    (C) has received an associate degree from an eligible institution no earlier than May 1, 2001; or

    (D) was anticipated to receive an associate degree from an eligible institution no earlier than the twelfth month prior to the month in which the student enrolled for fall 2013;

  (7) enroll in an undergraduate degree or certificate program at an eligible institution on at least a three-quarter time basis:

    (A) not later than the end of the 16th month after high school graduation, if an entering undergraduate student; or

    (B) not later than the 12th month after the month the student has received an associate degree;

  (8) have a statement on file with his or her institution that indicates the student is registered with the Selective Service System as required by federal law or is exempt from selective service registration under federal law; and

  (9) if awarded the grant on or after September 1, 2005, be enrolled in an institution of higher education.

(b) To receive an initial TEXAS Grant award for the 2013-2014 academic year, a person graduating from high school on or after May 1, 2013 and enrolling in a general academic teaching institution must:

  (1) be a resident of Texas;

  (2) show financial need;

  (3) have applied for any available financial aid assistance;

  (4) not have been granted a baccalaureate degree; and

  (5) to receive top consideration for an award, meet the academic requirements prescribed by subparagraph (A) of this paragraph and meet the priority deadline set by the Board in compliance with Texas Education Code, §56.008. If funds remain after awards are made to all students meeting the criteria in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph and meet the priority deadline, remaining funds may be awarded to persons who meet the priority deadline and are otherwise eligible for awards. Once these awards are made, remaining funds may be awarded to otherwise eligible persons who did not meet the deadline:

    (A) graduate or be on track to graduate from a public or accredited private high school in Texas and complete or be on track to complete the Recommended High School Curriculum or its equivalent and on track to have accomplished any two or more of the following at the time the award was made:

      (i) graduation under the advanced high school program established under Texas Education Code, §28.025 or its equivalent, successful completion of the course requirements of the international baccalaureate diploma program, or earning of the equivalent of at least 12 semester credit hours of college credit in high school through courses described in Texas Education Code, §28.009(a)(1), (2), and (3);

      (ii) satisfaction of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college readiness benchmarks prescribed by the Coordinating Board under Texas Education Code, §51.3062(f) on any assessment instrument designated by the Coordinating Board under Texas Education Code, §51.3062(c) or (e) or qualification for an exemption as described by Texas Education Code, §51.3062(p), (q), or (q-1);

      (iii) graduation in the top one-third of the person's high school graduating class or graduation from high school with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale or the equivalent; or

      (iv) completion for high school credit of at least one advanced mathematics course following the successful completion of an Algebra II course, as permitted by Texas Education Code, §28.025(b-3), or at least one advanced career and technical course, as permitted by Texas Education Code, §28.025(b-2);

    (B) have received an associate degree or be on track to receive an associate's degree from a public or private institution of higher education at the time the award was made; or

    (C) if sufficient money remains, meet the eligibility criteria described by subsection (a) of this section.

  (6) Except as provided under §22.231 of this title (relating to Hardship Provisions), a person must also enroll in an undergraduate degree or certificate program at a general academic teaching institution on at least a three-quarter time basis as:

    (A) an entering undergraduate student not later than the end of the 16th month after high school graduation; or

    (B) an entering undergraduate student who entered military service not later than the first anniversary of the date of high school graduation and enrolled in a general academic teaching institution no later than 12 months after being honorably discharged from military service; or

    (C) a continuing undergraduate not later than the end of the 12th month after the calendar month in which the student received an associate degree; and

  (7) have a statement on file with his or her institution that indicates the student is registered with the Selective Service System as required by federal law or is exempt from selective service registration under federal law.

(c) To qualify for an initial award for fall 2014 or later, a person who graduates from high school on or after May 1, 2013 must:

  (1) be enrolled in a medical or dental unit or general academic teaching institution other than state colleges;

  (2) be a resident of Texas;

  (3) meet financial need requirements established by the Board;

  (4) have applied for any available financial aid assistance;

  (5) not have been granted a baccalaureate degree; and

  (6) to receive top consideration for an award, meet the academic requirements prescribed by subparagraph (A) of this paragraph and meet the priority deadline set by the Board in compliance with Texas Education Code, §56.008. If funds remain after awards are made to all students meeting the criteria in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph and meet the priority deadline, remaining funds may be awarded to persons who meet the priority deadline and are otherwise eligible for awards. Once these awards are made, remaining funds may be awarded to otherwise eligible persons who did not meet the priority deadline:

    (A) graduate or be on track to graduate from a public or accredited private high school in Texas on or after May 1, 2013, and complete or be on track to complete the Foundation High School program or its equivalent as amended in keeping with Texas Education Code, §56.009. An otherwise eligible student graduating before September 1, 2020, must complete or be on track to complete the Foundation, recommended, or advanced High School program. The person must also be on track to have accomplished any two or more of the following at the time the award was made:

      (i) successful completion of the course requirements of the recommended or advanced high school program established under Texas Education Code, §28.025 or its equivalent or the international baccalaureate diploma program, or earning of the equivalent of at least 12 semester credit hours of college credit in high school through courses described in Texas Education Code, §28.009(a)(1), (2), and (3), or if graduating prior to September 1, 2020, graduate under the Recommended or Advanced high school program;

      (ii) satisfaction of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college readiness benchmarks prescribed by the Board under Texas Education Code, §51.3062(f) on any assessment instrument designated by the Board under Texas Education Code, §51.3062(c) or qualification for an exemption as described by Texas Education Code, §51.3062(p), (q), or (q-1);

      (iii) graduation in the top one-third of the person's high school graduating class or graduation from high school with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale or the equivalent; or

      (iv) completion for high school credit of at least one advanced mathematics course following the successful completion of an Algebra II course, or at least one advanced career and technical or technical applications course;

    (B) have received an associate's degree or be on track to receive an associate's degree from a public or private institution of higher education at the time the award was made; or

    (C) meet the eligibility criteria described in subsection (a) of this section.

  (7) Except as provided under §22.231 of this title, to receive an initial award in fall 2014 or later, an otherwise eligible person must also enroll in a baccalaureate degree program at an eligible institution on at least a three-quarter time basis as:

    (A) an entering undergraduate student not later than the end of the 16th month after high school graduation; or

    (B) an entering undergraduate student who entered military service not later than the first anniversary of the date of high school graduation and enrolled in an eligible institution no later than 12 months after being honorably discharged from military service;

    (C) a continuing undergraduate student not later than the end of the 12th month after the calendar month in which the student received an associate's degree; or

    (D) an entering undergraduate student who has:

      (i) previously attended an institution of higher education;

      (ii) received an initial Texas Educational Opportunity Grant under Subchapter P for the 2014 fall semester or a subsequent academic term;

      (iii) completed at least 24 semester credit hours at any Texas public or private institution or institutions of higher education;

      (iv) earned an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale or the equivalent on all course work previously attempted; and

      (v) has never previously received a TEXAS Grant; and

  (8) have a statement on file with his or her institution that indicates the student is registered with the Selective Service System as required by federal law or is exempt from selective service registration under federal law.

(d) Continuation Awards. To receive a continuation award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:

  (1) have previously received an initial award through this program;

  (2) show financial need;

  (3) be enrolled at least three-quarter time unless granted a hardship waiver of this requirement under §22.231 of this title;

  (4) if he or she received an initial TEXAS Grant award prior to fall 2014, be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program at an eligible institution; if he or she received an initial TEXAS Grant award in fall 2014 or later, be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree at a medical or dental unit or general academic teaching institution other than a state college;

  (5) not have been granted a baccalaureate degree;

  (6) have a statement on file with his or her institution that indicates the student is registered with the selective service system as required by federal law or is exempt from selective service registration under federal law; and

  (7) if he or she received an initial TEXAS Grant award prior to fall 2014, make satisfactory academic progress towards an undergraduate degree or certificate, as defined in §22.229 of this title (relating to Satisfactory Academic Progress); if he or she received an initial TEXAS Grant award in fall 2014 or later, make satisfactory academic progress towards a baccalaureate degree at an eligible institution, as defined in §22.229 of this title.

  (8) If a student's eligibility was based on the expectation that the student would complete the Recommended or Advanced or Foundation High School Program, meet the priority model academic requirements as outlined in subsection (b)(5) or (c)(6) of this section, or acquire an associate's degree and the student failed to do so, then in order to resume eligibility such a student must:

    (A) receive an associate's degree;

    (B) meet all other qualifications for a TEXAS Grant;

    (C) if required to do so by the institution through which the TEXAS Grant was made, repay the amount of the TEXAS Grant that was previously received; and

    (D) enroll in a higher-level undergraduate degree program in an eligible institution not later than the 12th month after the month the student received an associate's degree.

(e) In determining initial student eligibility for TEXAS Grant awards pursuant to subsections (a), (b) and (c) of this section, priority shall be given to those students who have an expected family contribution that does not exceed the lesser of the limit set by the Board for the relevant fiscal year or 60 percent of the average statewide amount of tuition and fees for general academic teaching institutions for the relevant academic year.


Source Note: The provisions of this §22.228 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 March 2, 2009, 34 TexReg 1431; amended to be effective February 26, 2013, 38 TexReg 1161; amended to be effective February 26, 2014, 39 TexReg 1143

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