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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 §22.234Award Amounts and Adjustments

(a) Funding. Funds awarded through this program may not exceed the amount of appropriations, gifts, grants and other funds that are available for this use.

(b) Award Amounts.

  (1) The amount of a TEXAS Grant awarded through an institution may not be reduced by any gift aid for which the person receiving the grant is eligible, unless the total amount of a person's grant plus any aid other than loans received equals or exceeds the student's tuition and required fees.

  (2) The Board shall determine and announce the maximum amount of a TEXAS Grant award prior to the start of each fiscal year. The calculation of the maximum amount will be based on the mandates contained in Texas Education Code, §56.307. However, no student's award shall be greater than the amount of the student's financial need.

  (3) An eligible institution may not charge a person receiving a TEXAS Grant through that institution, an amount of tuition and required fees in excess of the amount of the TEXAS Grant received by the person unless it also provides the student sufficient aid other than loans to meet his or her full tuition and required fees. Nor may it deny admission to or enrollment in the institution based on a person's eligibility to receive or actual receipt of a TEXAS Grant.

  (4) The eligible institution may require a student to forgo or repay the amount of an initial TEXAS Grant awarded to the student as described in §22.228(a)(6)(B) of this title (relating to Eligible Students) if the student is determined to have failed to complete the Recommended or Advanced or Foundation High School Program or its equivalent as evidenced by the final high school transcript.

  (5) If the money available for TEXAS Grants is sufficient to provide grants to all eligible applicants in the amounts specified in paragraphs (1) - (3) of this subsection, the Board may use any excess money to award a grant in an amount not more than three times the amount that may be awarded under paragraphs (1) - (3) of this subsection, to a student who:

    (A) is enrolled in a program that fulfills the educational requirements for licensure or certification by the state in a health care profession that the Board, in consultation with the Texas Workforce Commission and the Statewide Health Coordinating Council, has identified as having a critical shortage in the number of license holders needed in this state;

    (B) has completed at least one-half of the work toward a degree or certificate that fulfills the educational requirement for licensure or certification; and

    (C) meets all the requirements to receive a grant award under §22.228 of this title.

  (6) No person enrolled for fewer than six semester credit hours may receive a TEXAS Grant. In addition, an award to an otherwise eligible student enrolled for less than a three quarter-time load due to hardship is to be prorated. The amount he/she can be awarded is equal to the semester's maximum award for the relevant type of institution, divided by twelve hours and multiplied by the actual number of hours for which the student enrolled.

(c) Uses. A person receiving a TEXAS Grant may only use the money to pay any usual and customary cost of attendance at an institution of higher education incurred by the student.

(d) Over Awards. If, at a time after an award has been offered by the institution and accepted by the student, the student receives assistance that was not taken into account in the student's estimate of financial need, so that the resulting sum of assistance exceeds the student's financial need, the institution is not required to adjust the award under this program unless the sum of the excess resources is greater than $300.

(e) Prorated Awards. If the student's balance of eligible hours is less than the number of hours he or she is taking in a given term or semester, the student's award amount for that term or semester should be prorated. Beginning no later than Fiscal Year 2012, prorated amounts shall be calculated using the following schedule:

  (1) If balance of hours = 12 or more hours - 100% of the maximum award;

  (2) If balance of hours = 9-11 hours - 100% of the maximum award;

  (3) If balance of hours = 6-8 hours - 50% of the maximum award; and

  (4) If balance of hours = fewer than 6 hours and student is enrolled for at least 6 hours - 25% of the maximum award.


Source Note: The provisions of this §22.234 adopted to be effective November 28, 2005, 30 TexReg 7870; amended to be effective May 14, 2007, 32 TexReg 2640; amended to be effective August 16, 2007, 32 TexReg 4982; amended to be effective May 26, 2010, 35 TexReg 4159; amended to be effective February 26, 2013, 38 TexReg 1161; amended to be effective February 26, 2014, 39 TexReg 1143

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