|(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. The amount of a TEXAS Grant awarded
to a student attending a private or independent 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
gift aid exceeds the student's financial need.
(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
(3) For students enrolled in eligible private or independent
(A) The amount of the TEXAS Grant may not exceed the
maximum award possible through the Tuition Equalization Grant Program
(Texas Education Code, §61.221).
(B) No student may receive both a TEXAS Grant and a
Tuition Equalization Grant in the same term or semester.
(4) 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.
(5) 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 High School Program or its
equivalent as evidenced by the final high school transcript.
(6) If the money available for TEXAS Grants is sufficient
to provide grants to all eligible applicants in the amounts specified
in paragraphs (1) - (4) 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) - (4) 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.
(7) 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
(3) If balance of hours = 6-8 hours - 50% of the maximum
(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