Eligibility for the following programs is based upon receipt and evaluation of the result of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
FEDERAL PELL GRANT
$605 to $5,645
This is a federally funded grant available to undergraduate students enrolled in a program leading to a degree. The actual award for each student is determined by the U.S. Department of Education through evaluation of the FAFSA application.
FED. SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT
$100 to $1,500
This grant is funded through a combination of federal and university funds and is dependent on funding levels approved by the federal government.
This is a non-need based program that provides up to $4,000 per year to students enrolled in an eligible program and who agree to teach as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school for at least 4 years within 8 years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded. Failure to complete the required teaching service results in conversion of the TEACH Grant to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest accruing from the date the grant was disbursed. Applicants must complete a FAFSA, sign an Agreement to Serve, and be completing coursework necessary to begin a career in teaching. A minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA is required. Southwestern awards this grant only to students who have been accepted to the Education Program.
TEXAS “TUITION EQUALIZATION GRANT”
$100 – $3,200
The state of Texas has established a program to help equalize tuition between state-sponsored institutions and independent universities. To qualify for this program a student must establish eligibility through the FAFSA, be a Texas resident, not be a recipient of an athletic scholarship, and not be enrolled in a theological degree program. A student must be enrolled three-quarter time and by the time of their second renewal obtain a 2.5 GPA and complete 24 credit hours each year, with at least a 75% completion rate.