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Grants

Grants are state or federal monetary awards that the student does not have to repay. 

To apply, you must show eligibility on the FAFSA and have an acceptable major.  Unless otherwise specified, students must also meet the institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards regarding grades and hour completion.  (See Application Information for more details.)

Federal Pell Grant

Pell is a federally funded program for undergraduate students obtaining their first bachelor's degree.  Funds are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need with a FAFSA and who meet federal eligibility requirements.  The award amount is based on expected family contribution (EFC), the cost of education at OC and the number of hours enrolled.  Students enrolled less than half time may qualify.  Pell is the foundation of financial aid and serves as the starting point in the aid process.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

SEOG is a federally funded program established to help students with exceptional need as determined by the FAFSA.  The amount received may vary depending on availability of funds and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  A student must be enrolled in at least 6 semester hour.  Priority is given to students who have no other aid besides Pell.

Texas Public Education Grant


TPEG is a state grant for students with financial need as determined by the FAFSA.  Funds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis and the amount received may vary depending on availability of funds.  Students must be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours and priority is given to students who have no other aid besides Pell. 

TEXAS Grant

The Texas Grant is for Texas residents who completed the recommended or distinguished curriculum and graduated from a Texas accredited high school within the past 16 months. Applicants must be entering freshmen with less than 30 credit hours, enroll in at least nine credit hours, and demonstrate need through the FAFSA or the state application, TASFA with an EFC less than 4000.  To maintain eligibility, a student must be meeting the school's normal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements at the end of the first year on the program.  For ongoing years, a student must complete at least 75% of the hours attempted in the prior academic year, have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 and complete at least 24 semester credit hours per year.  Students who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 150 semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree from a Texas university, or for five years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or six years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first. 

Beginning with the 2010-2011 year, institutions are required to collect a statement from each TEXAS Grant recipient prior to the disbursement of funds confirming eligibility in regards to the controlled substance restrictions of the program. 
If a student was denied a TEXAS grant because of less than three quarter time enrollment or failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Standards, the student mail file an appeal in the event of a hardship or for other good cause. The request must be submitted in writing and must explain the reason for the request.  Supporting documentation may be required. A financial aid officer will respond to the request in writing and a copy of all correspondences will be placed in the student’s financial aid file.  Submitting an appeal does not guarantee any adjustments can or will be made.  Reasons that may be considered include:

  • Showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect academic performance
  • An indication that the student is responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person and that the student’s provision of care may affect academic performance
  • The student requires less than 9 hours to complete their degree plan

Texas Educational Opportunity Grant

TEOG is for Texas residents who are entering freshmen, demonstrate need through the FAFSA, have an EFC of 2000 or less and enroll in at least six credit hours.  Funds are limited and are awarded on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to students who have no other aid besides Pell.  To maintain eligibility, the student must meet the school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements at the end of the first year.  For ongoing years, the student must complete at least 75 percent of the hours attempted in the prior academic year and have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5.  Students who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 75 semester credit hours, for four years, or until they receive an associate's degree, whichever comes first.

Beginning with the 2010-2011 year, institutions are required to collect a statement from each TEOG recipient prior to the disbursement of funds confirming eligibility in regards to the controlled substance restrictions of the program.

 
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