Grants are gift funds provided by the Federal Government or by the State of Texas. Students do not repay these funds and they are awarded on the basis of financial need. To apply for these grants, students must establish financial eligibility for student aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application Some financial aid has a limited amount of funding. Students are awarded once all of their financial aid requirements are complete and their file is complete in Admissions. Financial aid with limited funding is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to students who meet the various grant criteria. Students do not need to take any additional steps to be reviewed for their eligibility for these grants. All grants are awarded with the expectation that the student is going to attend full time. Other than the Federal Pell Grant, the amount disbursed is prorated based on the student’s actual enrollment at time of disbursement:
12 or more hours: 100% awarded
9-11 hours: 75% of awarded amount
6-8 hours: 50% of awarded amount
The Federal Pell Grant program is the largest federal grant program and is the foundation upon which other forms of aid are added. Undergraduate students who have not received a bachelor’s degree, meet eligibility requirements, and have not already received 600% of an annual pell grant award will be awarded a Federal Pell Grant. The grant is based upon the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated by the Department of Education from the information provided by the student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application. The amounts vary based on the EFC and the students enrollment level in the semester(s) of the award.
SEOG, a federal grant, is available on a limited basis to undergraduate Pell Grant recipients with a large financial need. Blinn College’s allocation from the U.S. Department of Education is limited and this award is prorated based on enrollment.
TPEG, a state grant, is available for undergraduate students with financial need. Blinn College’s allocation is limited and this award is prorated based on enrollment.
The TEOG was established to provide grant money to enable well-prepared students to attend public community colleges, technical colleges or public State Colleges in Texas. To be eligible, the student must be a Texas resident, show financial need, enroll in at least a minimum of 6 hours in a certificate or associate degree plan at a two year institution, and show financial need with an EFC of no more than $5233. Blinn College’s allocation is limited and this award is prorated based on enrollment.
The grant can be awarded in future award years. More information is available at College for All Texans.
The Carl D. Perkins Basic Grant
Perkins Grant provides assistance to students who are Technical Education majors, including pre-Allied Heath majors. Assistance is provided on a first come first serve basis to students who meet eligibility requirements. Resources provided include limited assistance in the form of textbook lending, child care vouchers, and bus passes.