Types of Grants Offered

Federal Pell Grant Program

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. For many students, Pell Grants provide a foundation of financial aid to which other aid may be added.  Although your pell grant may be disbursed to you on or around 10 days prior to first class day, your enrollment as of census day (12th class day) will ultimately determine the amount of your grant.  Student’s who receive a pell grant based on full-time enrollment, and then subsequently drop a class before census day,  will have their pell grant adjusted down to reflect the decrease in credit hours.  The reverse will be true as well;  students who enroll in less-than full-time credit hours, who subsequently add classes, will receive an increase in their pell award to reflect the higher rate of attendance.                       

In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law has significantly impacted the Federal Pell Grant Program.  Beginning in Fall 2012, students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Federal Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime.  Because the new Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) includes all awards received prior to the 2012-2013 year, some students will be ineligible at the start of the 2012-2013 year.  Others will have some eligibility but not enough to receive 100% of their award.   There are no exceptions and you cannot appeal.

Students are notified of this limit on their Student Aid Report (SAR) after they complete the current year’s FAFSA.  Students can find and track their financial aid history at the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). You will need your federal PIN to access your history (it’s the same one you use to sign your FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This grant is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need, who are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, and who enroll in greater than full-time status at UTHSCSA.   You do not have to repay an FSEOG award.  Awards are given out after the census day of the term when enrollment has been “locked” for the term.

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

The TPEG program provides state funds for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need who plan to attend UTHSCSA.   To qualify, students must be enrolled at least half-time per semester they are scheduled to receive an award.  A student that received an award, who does not enroll at least half-time will have their award cancelled and offered to applicants on the waiting list.

TPEG awards are offered on a first come, first serve basis while funds are available for awarding.  A wait-list is maintained by Veteran Services and Financial Aid and students can request their name be placed on the list by phone or email.    Students who do not accept this offer within 45 days of their awarding of this fund may have their award cancelled and re-allocated to a waiting applicant.


UTHSCSA does not receive an initial allocation for this program and can only assist students who have previously received a grant from another school.  Students must meet the academic requirements shown below in order to qualify for a renewal award.


  1. At the end of the first year, a student entering the program must be meeting the school’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
  2. At the end of the second year in the program or later years, all students must complete at least 75% of the hours attempted in the prior academic year (Fall + Spring), have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 24 semester credit hours per year.
  3. Maximum time frame for recipient entering the program as a High School graduate is 5 years. Maximum time frame for a recipient entering the program with an Associate’s Degree is 3 years.

UTHSCSA’s Hardship Policy allows for exceptions to the enrollment requirements and year limits on a case by case basis if mitigating circumstances exist such as but not limited to:

  • Severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student’s academic performance.
  • An indication that the student is responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person in the household that the student’s provision of care may affect his or her academic performance.
  • The requirement of fewer than nine hours to complete one’s degree plan.

A written request from the student to VFSA and supporting documentation is needed to evaluate the conditions and determine if a Hardship exists.

Click here for more information about all Texas state grants.

Work-Study Program (Federal)

The purpose of the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program (formerly called the College Work-Study Program) is to give part-time employment to undergraduate and graduate students who need the income to help meet the costs of postsecondary education.

This need-based program encourages community service work and work related to each student’s course of study. The work-study program provides an opportunity for students with financial need to earn money to help pay their educational expenses. Not all students with financial need are guaranteed to receive work-study. Students are generally awarded work-study based on availability of funding and on a first-come, first-serve basis if they indicate their interest on the FAFSA form.  Eligible students must be enrolled in at least six semester credit hours and demonstrate financial need.

Work-study provides the student an opportunity to “earn as you learn.” Individuals on the work-study program are paid on a monthly basis for hours worked. Students can work no more than 19.5 hours per week.   Employment in UTHSCSA’s work-study program is not a right but a privilege, and as such you are expected to take your work seriously. Students accepting a “work-study” award are not placed into employment but rather are expected to secure a work-study position fitting their skills and schedules. Acceptance of a “work-study award” does not guarantee a work-study job.   Please view our work-study web page for full details and job postings.