Program Purpose

The Texas Legislature established the TEXAS (Towards EXcellence, Access and Success) Grant to make sure that well-prepared high school graduates with financial need could go to college.

Eligibility Requirements

To receive a basic initial award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:

*  Be registered with Selective Service, or be exempt;

*  Have a 9 month EFC of no more than $4,800;

*  Be classified by the institution as a Texas resident ;

*  Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance;

*  Be enrolled at least three-quarter time as: 

A Baccalaureate student who: 

  • graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas;
  • completed the Foundation, Recommended, or Distinguished Achievement high school program (or the equivalent); and
  • enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program at an approved institution within 16 months from high school graduation having not accumulated more than 30 SCH’s (excluding credits for dual enrollment or by examination); OR   

A Baccalaureate student who:  

  •   earned an associate’s degree from a public or private nonprofit institution of higher education in Texas, and
  •   enrolled in an eligible institution within 12 months after receiving the associate’s degree; OR 

A Baccalaureate student who:

  • graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas May 1, 2013 or later;
  • completed the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program (or its equivalent); and
  • enlisted in military service within 12 months of high school graduation and enrolled in an eligible GATI within 12 months of receiving an honorable discharge; OR

A Baccalaureate student who:

  • transferred into a public university in Texas with at least 24 SCH’s and a minimum 2.5 GPA; and
  • received an initial year (IY) Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) in Fall 2014 or later;


To receive priority consideration for an initial award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:

  • Meet the basic initial year (IY) student eligibility requirements (see section above);
  • Meet the state priority deadline of March 15; and
  • Meet the requirements in at least 2 of the following 4 areas:

Advanced Academic Program
12 hours of college credit (dual credit or AP courses), complete the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), or complete the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
TSI Readiness
Meet the Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) assessment thresholds or qualify for an exemption.
Class Standing
Graduate in the top one/third of the HS graduating class or have a B average.
Advanced Math
Complete at least one math course beyond Algebra II as determined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).


To receive an RY award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:

  • Be enrolled at least three-quarter time as an undergraduate student who previously received a TEXAS Grant award and has not yet been granted a baccalaureate degree;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance. 
  • Have a calculated financial need;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress:

                 2.5 Cumulative GPA
                 24  Semester Credit Hours in an Academic Year

Award Amount

The maximum award amount (including state and institutional funds) is equal to the student's tuition and required fees.

For 2014-2015, the maximum amount is:

  • Institution Type
    Awd Max/Year
    Awd Max/Sem
    Target Awd/Year
    Target Awd/Sem
    Public Universities, Health-Related Institutions, and State Colleges
    Public Community Colleges
    Public Technical Colleges



Application Process

You apply when you complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). Funding is limited, so you need to submit your application as soon as possible after January 1st. The financial aid office at each college and university will determine your eligibility.

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