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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 22GRANT AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
SUBCHAPTER MTEXAS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT PROGRAM
RULE §22.256Eligible Students

(a) To receive an initial award through the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program, a student must:

  (1) be a resident of Texas;

  (2) show financial need;

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

  (4) be enrolled as an entering student on at least a half-time basis in an associate's degree or certificate program at an eligible institution;

  (5) not be concurrently receiving a TEXAS Grant;

  (6) not have been granted an associate's or baccalaureate degree; and

  (7) have a statement on file with the institution of higher education 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.

  (8) In determining initial student eligibility for Texas Educational Opportunity 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.

(b) To receive a continuation award through the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program, a student must:

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

  (2) show financial need;

  (3) be enrolled on at least a half-time basis;

  (4) be enrolled in an associate's degree or certificate program at an eligible institution;

  (5) not have been granted an associate or baccalaureate degree;

  (6) not be concurrently receiving a TEXAS Grant;

  (7) have a statement on file with the institution of higher education 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) make satisfactory academic progress towards an associate degree or certificate, which requires:

    (A) for persons receiving their first awards prior to fall semester, 2005, completion of at least 75% of the hours attempted in the student's most recent academic year, and maintenance of an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 on a four point scale or its equivalent.

    (B) for persons receiving their first awards for fall 2005 or later:

      (i) compliance with the academic progress requirements of the institution as of the end of the first academic year; and

      (ii) in subsequent academic years, completion of at least 75% of the hours attempted in the student's most recent academic year, and maintenance of an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 on a four point scale or its equivalent.

    (C) The completion rate calculations may be made in keeping with institutional policies.

    (D) Grade point average calculations may be made in keeping with institutional policies except that if a grant recipient's grade point average falls below program requirements and the student transfers to another institution, the receiving institution cannot make a continuation award to the transfer student until he/she provides official transcripts of previous coursework to the new institution's financial aid office and that office 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.

(c) Discontinuation of Eligibility or Non-Eligibility.

  (1) A student may not receive a Texas Educational Opportunity Grant for more than 75 semester credit hours or its equivalent.

  (2) A student's eligibility for a Texas Educational Opportunity Grant award ends four years from the start of the semester or term in which the student received his or her initial award.

  (3) A person is not eligible to receive an initial or continuation Texas Educational Opportunity Grant award if the person has been convicted of a felony or an offense under Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code (Texas Controlled Substances Act), or under the law of any other jurisdiction involving a controlled substance as defined by Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code, unless the person has met the other applicable eligibility requirements under this subchapter and has:

    (A) received a certificate of discharge by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or a correctional facility or completed a period of probation ordered by a court, and at least two years have elapsed from the date of the receipt or completion; or

    (B) been pardoned, had the record of the offense expunged from the person's record, or otherwise been released from the resulting ineligibility to receive a grant.

  (4) Unless granted a hardship extension in accordance with §22.257 of this title (relating to Hardship Provisions for Students Awarded Grants On or After September 1, 2005), if a person fails to meet any of the requirements for receiving a continuation award as outlined in subsection (b) of this section after completion of any year, the person may not receive a Texas Educational Opportunity Grant award until he or she completes courses while not receiving a Texas Educational Opportunity Grant and meets all the requirements of subsection (b) of this section as of the end of that period of enrollment.


Source Note: The provisions of this §22.256 adopted to be effective August 16, 2004, 29 TexReg 7988; amended to be effective November 28, 2005, 30 TexReg 7871; amended to be effective May 21, 2008, 33 TexReg 3954; amended to be effective September 6, 2011, 36 TexReg 5687; amended to be effective February 26, 2014, 39 TexReg 1148

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