Texarkana College participates in several need-based grant programs that provide funds that do not have to be repaid. Students who wish to apply for any grant or loan must submit a FAFSA. Proceeds from grants and or loans are intended to provide assistance with tuition & fees, books & supplies, and living expenses.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant program is regulated by the federal government and is an important source of financial assistance for eligible students. The amount of the Federal Pell Grant award will vary with the number of financial aid eligible semester hours carried and the financial need demonstrated by the student. Students who have demonstrated eligibility and have completed any required verification with the Financial Aid Office may use Federal Pell Grant funds after enrolling. Any credit balance due the student will be paid later in the semester in the form of a refund. If students are enrolled in courses that do not count toward their degree/certificate, those hours cannot be included in determining their financial aid.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Federal SEOG is a federally funded program that provides additional grant funding for students receiving Federal Pell Grants. Students who have completed the application for financial aid by the priority deadlines and who have a zero EFC will be given first consideration for these funds. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students who have an acceptable SAP status until all monies are exhausted.
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
The TPEG is a tuition set-aside grant funded by Texarkana College. Awards are made to students who have completed their application for financial aid. Funds collected during the academic year will be awarded subject to determination of financial need by the institution’s Financial Aid Office. Priority is given to students with unmet educational costs and making satisfactory academic progress. This grant is also used for “tuition matching” for students receiving the Texas Equal Opportunity Grant (TEOG).
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board funds the TEOG Grant. Eligible students must have financial need and be enrolled at least half-time at an eligible institution. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional eligibility requirements.
For more information about any Texas grants, go to collegeforalltexans.com.
Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) Hardship Provisions Policy
State regulations require students to maintain eligibility while receiving the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG). A student who is ineligible for a continuing TEOG award based on ineligible status (19 TAC, Section 22.257) may be deemed eligible under the hardship provision (19 TAC, Section 22.259). It is the student’s responsibility to check their account on the TC Online Financial Aid System (https://finaid.texarkanacollege.edu) to confirm their continued eligibility and to request an appeal form if applicable. Reason for loss of eligibility may be a result of a student falling below the minimum allowed grade point average (GPA), completion rate, enrolled for less than half-time credit hours, enrolled in credit hours in excess of attempted hour limit, or enrolled beyond the time limit restrictions.
All hardship provisions request must be submitted with documentation as it relates to the hardship conditions described in (19 TAC, Section 22.259): “A severe illness or other debilitating condition that affected your academic performance; or an indication that you are the responsible party for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person and that your provision of care affected your academic performance; or you are enrolled for less than half-time because that is all the hours needed in order to complete your degree plan.”
TEOG Appeal Process
- Request for a “Hardship Provision Appeal” form from the Financial Aid Office.
- Type/write a letter requesting and detailing the hardship circumstance.
- Attach all supporting documentation.
- Submit form, letter, and documentation to the Financial Aid Office for review.
The Director/Assistant Director will review the students Hardship Provisions Appeal once all documentation has been submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Review will take place within 1-5 business days from receipt of appeal. Once the appeal has been reviewed by the Director/Assistant Director and a decision has been made of approval or denial, the student will be notified via email.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
HEERF Funds are a form of emergency grant made to students by Congress as a response to the economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants are meant to assist students and keep college more affordable in a time of general economic downturn and in response to conditions that required students to complete more of their studies online. “HEERF I” was first passed by the CARES Act of March 2020, was renewed by the CRRSAA Act of December 2020 (HEERF II) and the American Rescue Plan (HEERF III), and could be renewed by Congress again in the future. Each version of HEERF has its own eligibility requirements, and interested students should consult the college website for details on the current iteration. To apply, students must submit a current-year FAFSA application and complete an institutional application at https://www.texarkanacollege.edu/helpdesk/cares-act-emergency-aid/.