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RULE §22.24Provisions that Apply Only to 2006 Revised TEG Program Students

(a) Eligible Students. To receive an award through the TEG Program, a 2006 Revised TEG Program student must:

  (1) be enrolled on at least a three-fourths of full-time enrollment;

  (2) show financial need;

  (3) maintain satisfactory academic progress in his or her program of study as determined by the institution at which the person is enrolled and as required by subsection (b) of this section;

  (4) be a resident of Texas as determined based on data collected using the Residency Core Questions and in keeping with Chapter 21, Subchapter B of this title (relating to Determination of Resident Status), unless such student is a National Merit scholarship finalist who meets the competitive scholarship provisions of Texas Education Code, §54.064;

  (5) be enrolled in an approved institution in an individual degree plan leading to a first associate's degree, first baccalaureate degree, first master's degree, first professional degree, or first doctoral degree, but not in a degree plan that leads to ordination;

  (6) be required to pay more tuition than is required at a comparable public college or university and be charged no less than the regular tuition required of all students enrolled at the institution;

  (7) have a statement on file with the institution indicating 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

  (8) not be a recipient of any form of athletic scholarship during the semester or semesters he or she is receiving a TEG.

  (9) be awarded his or her initial TEG grant on or after September 1, 2005.

(b) Continued Eligibility.

  (1) Eligibility at End of Initial Year Award. 2006 Revised TEG Program students who complete their first year receiving a Tuition Equalization Grant in compliance with their institutions' financial aid academic progress requirements are eligible to receive renewal awards in the following year if they meet the other requirements listed in subsection (a) of this section.

  (2) Satisfactory Academic Progress. 2006 Revised TEG Program students shall, unless granted a hardship postponement in accordance with subsection (e) of this section, as of the end of an academic year in which the student receives a continuation award:

    (A) have completed at least:

      (i) for undergraduates, 24 semester credit hours in the most recent academic year, or if at the end of the academic year in which the student receives an initial award and the student entered college at the beginning of the spring term in the year in which he or she received his or her initial award, have completed at least 12 semester credit hours in the most recent academic year; or

      (ii) for graduate students, 18 semester credit hours in the most recent academic year;

    (B) have an overall cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale or its equivalent for all coursework attempted at a public, private, or independent institution;

    (C) have completed at least 75 percent of the semester credit hours attempted in the most recent academic year; and

    (D) meet the requirements listed in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Grade Point Average Calculations. Grade-point average calculations shall be made in accordance with institutional policies except that if a grant recipient's grade-point average falls below program requirements and the student transfers to another institution, or has transferred from another institution, the receiving institution cannot make a continuation award to the transfer student until the student provides official transcripts of previous coursework to the new institution's financial aid office and the institution re-calculates an overall grade-point average, including hours and grade points for courses taken at the old and new institutions, that proves the student's overall grade-point average now meets or exceeds program requirements.

(d) End of Eligibility.

  (1) Unless granted a hardship extension in keeping with subsection (e) of this section, an undergraduate 2006 Revised TEG Program student shall no longer be eligible for a TEG as of:

    (A) the fifth anniversary of the initial award of a TEG to the student, if the student is enrolled in a degree or certificate program of four years or less; or

    (B) the sixth anniversary of the initial award of a TEG to student, if the student is enrolled in a degree or certificate program of more than four years.

  (2) A graduate student may continue to receive grants as long as he or she meets the relevant eligibility requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this section.

(e) Hardship.

  (1) In the event of a hardship or for other good cause, the Program Officer at an eligible institution may allow an otherwise eligible student to receive a TEG while:

    (A) enrolled less than three-quarter of full-time enrollment;

    (B) if the student's grade point average, number of hours completed, or percent of attempted hours completed falls below the satisfactory academic progress requirements as referred to in subsection (b) of this section; or

    (C) if the student has taken more time to complete his/her certificate or degree than specified in subsection (d) of this section.

  (2) Hardship conditions or other good cause may include, but are not limited to:

    (A) a showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student's academic performance;

    (B) an indication that the student is responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person and that the student's provision of care may affect his or her academic performance, or

    (C) a student's need to complete fewer than the required minimum number of hours in a given term in order to complete a degree, in which case the award amount should be determined on a pro rata basis for a full-time award in keeping with §22.26(g) of this title (relating to Award Amounts and Uses).

  (3) Each institution shall adopt a hardship policy under this section and have the policy available in writing in the financial aid office for public review upon request.

Source Note: The provisions of this §22.24 adopted to be effective November 29, 2010, 35 TexReg 10503; amended to be effective May 24, 2011, 36 TexReg 3186; amended to be effective September 6, 2011, 36 TexReg 5686; amended to be effective February 28, 2012, 37 TexReg 1333

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