|(a) Funding. Funds awarded through this program may
not exceed the amount of appropriations, grants and other funds that
are available for this use.
(b) Award Amounts.
(1) The amount of a Texas Educational Opportunity Grant
award 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 received exceeds the student's cost of attendance.
However, no student's award shall be greater than the amount of the
student's financial need.
(2) The Board shall determine and announce the maximum
amount of a Texas Educational Opportunity Grant award in a given state
fiscal year by January 31 of the prior fiscal year. The calculation
of the maximum amount will be based on the mandates contained in Texas
Education Code, §56.407. To ensure the program has sufficient
funds to make awards to all eligible returning recipients, institutions
may not decrease award amounts per student in order to provide grants
to a larger number of applicants. If an otherwise eligible student,
due to hardship, enrolls for less than a half-time course load, his
or her award is to be prorated. The amount he or she can be awarded
is equal to the semester's maximum award for the relevant type of
institution, divided by 12 hours and multiplied by the actual number
of hours for which the student is enrolled.
(3) Beginning with awards for fall 2014, the value
of an individual's award in a given term is to be based on the share
of a full-time course load in which the student is enrolled as of
the census date of the term, in accordance with the following table:
(A) 12 or more semester credit hours = 100% of the
semester's maximum award for a full-time student;
(B) 9 to <12 semester credit hours = 75 percent
of the semester's maximum award for a full-time student;
(C) 6 to <9 semester credit hours = 50 percent of
the semester's maximum award for a full-time student; and
(D) <6 semester credit hours = $0, unless granted
an award under hardship conditions in accordance with paragraph (2)
of this subsection.
(4) An approved institution may not charge a person
receiving a Texas Educational Opportunity Grant through that institution,
an amount of tuition and required fees in excess of the amount of
the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant award received by the person.
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
Educational Opportunity Grant award. If an institution's tuition and
fee charges exceed the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant award amount,
it may address the shortfall in one of two ways:
(A) It may use other available sources of financial
aid, other than a loan or Pell grant to cover any difference in the
amount of a Texas Educational Opportunity Grant award and the student's
actual amount of tuition and required fees at the institution; or
(B) it may waive the excess charges for the student.
However, if a waiver is used, the institution may not report the recipient's
tuition and fees in a way that would increase the general revenue
appropriations to the institution.
(c) Uses. A person receiving a Texas Educational Opportunity
Grant award 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
disbursed 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 in Case of Low Balance of Eligible
Hours. 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 enrolled for 12 or more hours - 100% of the
(2) If enrolled for 9-11 hours - 75% of the maximum
(3) If enrolled for 6-8 hours - 50% of the maximum
(4) If enrolled for fewer than 6 hours - 25% of the
|Source Note: The provisions of this §22.260 adopted to be effective November 28, 2005, 30 TexReg 7871; amended to be effective May 21, 2008, 33 TexReg 3954; amended to be effective May 26, 2010, 35 TexReg 4161; amended to be effective February 26, 2014, 39 TexReg 1148