UT Tyler Grants: Funding Your Success
Federal Pell Grant Program
Federal Pell grants are gift aid sources based on exceptional financial need. These grants are available to undergraduate students at The University of Texas at Tyler who have not earned their first bachelor's or professional degree.
Students do not have to be registered full-time to receive the Pell Grant. The amount of federal grant is determined by the minimum and maximum amounts set by the Department of Education, your enrollment status, estimated cost of attendance and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
Your EFC must be less than $5,328 to be eligible for a Pell Grant award. Federal Pell Grant amounts for the 2016-17 academic year range from $593 to $5,920.
In December 2011, the president signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). The new law significantly impacts the federal student aid programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Public Law 112-74 amended HEA section 401(c)(5) to reduce the duration of a student's eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant from 18 semesters (or its equivalent) to 12 semesters (or its equivalent) or equal to 600%. This provision applies to all Federal Pell Grant eligible students effective with the 2012-13 award year. The calculation of the duration of a student's eligibility will include all years of the student's receipt of Federal Pell Grant funding.
Supplemental Grant Programs
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal SEOG awards are limited gift resources available to UT Tyler undergraduate students with exceptional financial need, who have not earned their first bachelor's or professional degree.
To qualify for disbursement, undergraduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of six undergraduate credit hours per semester. Annual award amounts range from $400 to $2,000 and are based on the availability of funds.
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
The TPEG program provides limited state financial aid for UT Tyler undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need.
To qualify for disbursement, students must be enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours per semester. Annual award amounts range from $100 to $1,500 and are based on the availability of funds.
Education Affordability Grant (Ed Aff)
UT Tyler provides limited, need-based grant funding of up to $1,500 per semester to assist undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need. To qualify for disbursement students must be classified as Texas residents and must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at UT Tyler.
Pathway to Success Grant
Program Updated 7/2014 to begin Fall 2014
Pathway provides a financial aid package, which includes federal and state grant funding, that covers full tuition and mandatory fees for up to 15 credit hours per semester. UT Tyler also offers other financial aid programs that will help students pay for other educational expenses.
Estimated tuition and fees for 15 semester credit hours at UT Tyler are $7,602.
- Meet UT Tyler Admissions Requirements
- First-Time Freshman
- Texas Resident
- Annual Family Income of $25,000 or Less
- Meet Pell and Texas Grant Eligibility Requirements
- Renewal Requirements: At the end of the initial year awards, students must meet the school's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy to receive the award for the second year.
- In subsequent years, students must successfully complete at least 24 credit hours and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
Patriot Promise Grant
The Patriot Promise Grant works in conjunction with other grant programs to cover the cost of all tuition and fees for qualifying students. Students who receive this grant will be awarded funds in the amount of remaining tuition and fees after all other grants and scholarships are accounted for.
To qualify a student must file a FAFSA or TASFA and meet the following criteria:
- Have an EFC of 0 as determined by the application on file.
- Have an SAT score of 1030-1170 or an ACT of 20-23.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
This need-based grant is awarded to undergraduates. The grant doesn't have to be repaid. However, if you withdraw from the university or stop attending classes, you may be subject to the university’s repayment policy.
The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that award year.
Due to sequestration, award amounts for any Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2014, and before Oct. 1, 2015, must be reduced by 7.3 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been entitled. Any Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, and before Oct. 1, 2016, must be reduced by 6.8 percent. For example:
- For any 2016–17 Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, and before Oct. 1, 2016, the maximum award of $5,815 is reduced by 6.8 percent ($395.42), resulting in a maximum award of $5,419.58.
- For any 2016–17 Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2016, and before Oct. 1, 2017, the maximum award amount of $5,815 is reduced by 6.9 percent ($401.23), resulting in a maximum award of $5,413.77.
For more information about the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant please visit studentaid.ed.gov.
You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:
- You are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution, but
- Meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
- Your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
- You were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.
Students must maintain at least half-time enrollment in most cases, continue to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and continue to demonstrate financial need.
Money is applied to student account once each semester.
This is based on university repayment policy.
TEXAS Grant Program
(Priority Date for initial submission of FAFSA is March 15, 2017)
The TEXAS Grant program provides limited funding to undergraduate students who are
attending a public institution of higher education in Texas, graduated from an accredited
high school in Texas, completed the recommended or distinguished high school curriculum
or its equivalent, are Texas residents, have not been convicted of a felony or crime
involving a controlled substance, have financial need, and are currently enrolled
in a degree-seeking program. For the most up-to-date information on the TEXAS Grant program, visit the College For All Texans website. For initial or renewal year consideration students must submit the complete FAFSA
or TASFA (not rejected) by March 15.
High School Diploma Recipients (First Year-First Time Freshmen)
Awards must be made no later than 16 months after the month of high school graduation. Students who meet program requirements may receive a continuation of this award for up to 150 semester credit hours, a maximum of five years or until receipt of the first baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first from the start of the first award year.
At the end of the initial year of the award, students must meet the school’s Satisfactory
Academic Progress policy to receive the award for the second year. In subsequent years,
students must successfully complete at least 24 credit hours, and minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
Associate Degree Recipients (Eligibility Based on Availability of Funds)
When funding is available, students who earned an associate degree from a public or private institution of higher education in Texas may be considered for a Texas Grant Award. The program requires that the college student be a Texas resident, have financial need and be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Within 12 months after the associate degree is received.
Students who meet program requirements based on receipt of an associate degree may receive awards for up to 90 semester credit hours, a maximum of three years from the start of the first award year, or until receipt of the first baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first. For renewal of this award, students must complete at least 24 semester credit hours with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
Students with Transfer Eligibility
(Priority date for initial submission of FAFSA is March 15, 2017.)
Students transferring TEXAS Grant renewal eligibility from a previous college/university must complete FAFSA or TASFA by March 15 and notify the UT Tyler Office of Financial Aid by the deadlines listed below:
Fall: Oct. 1
Spring: Feb. 15
Awards may be made to students who transfer with at least 24 hours and a minimum 2.5 GPA. These students must have received an initial-year Texas Grant or Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) in fall 2015 or later.
Students enrolled in less than nine semester hours due to complete degree requirements must provide a written request and an official copy of their degree plan.
The 2017-18 maximum award for students attending UT Tyler is $2,500 per semester.
All transferring TEXAS Grant recipients must self-identify or sign and return this form, Texas Grant Renewal Form, to the Enrollment Services Center for review of eligibility. Students will be notified via Patriot email of eligibility.
TEACH Grant Program
AT UT Tyler, the TEACH Grant is available to students (junior/senior, post-baccalaureate or graduate) who are accepted for admission to the UT Tyler School of Education. This grant program will assist students who intend to teach full-time for at least four years in high-need subject areas at secondary or elementary schools that serve students from low-income families.
The TEACH Grant provides college financial aid up to $4,000 per academic year for full-time enrollment with a $16,000 undergraduate aggregate limit and $8,000 post-baccalaureate aggregate limit. Award amounts will be prorated for enrollment less than full-time.
Changes that began in 2015-2016: The TEACH Grant Program is subject to an across-the-board budget cut under the sequester. TEACH Grant awards that are subject to the sequester, require a percentage fee reduction to be taken out when the first disbursement happens prior to Oct. 1st of that academic year AND for those whose first disbursement will occur after Oct. 1st, the grant requires a differed percentage fee reduction to be taken out from the award amount for which the student would otherwise have been eligible, not from the Scheduled Award amount of $4,000.
Statutory Maximum Schedule Award Amount
Percentage Reduction from Statutory Award Amount
Dollar Reduction Amount
Adjusted Maximum Scheduled Award Amount
First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2015 AND before October 1, 2016
First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2016 AND before October 1, 2017
Visit the official site for additional information on the TEACH Grant Program.
Student Eligibility Requirements
- Complete the FAFSA.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate student in coursework necessary for a career in teaching.
- Have a cumulative UT Tyler or combined grade point average of at least 3.25 at the time of disbursement. New transfer students must have at least a 3.25 cumulative transfer grade point average.
- Complete an Agreement to Serve (ATS) and online entrance counseling each year the grant is received.
- Complete the TEACH Grant Application each year with Lisa Dempsey, the UT Tyler School of Education advisor.
Please note, if the commitment is not fulfilled, the grant is permanently converted to an unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan with interest calculated back to the date the funds were disbursed.
- Students must also complete exit counseling when enrollment is ceased or less than half time.
For additional information on the application process for the TEACH Grant, you may to contact the School of Education advisor, Lisa Dempsey, at firstname.lastname@example.org, BEP 247J, and 903.566.7022.