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
$626 to $5,775
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.
Students who receive Pell Grants may have funds available to them for books during the first week of classes each semester. The student may either choose to charge the cost of their books to their student account through the University-sponsored bookstore, or if their aid results in a credit on their account, funds will be given to the student to purchase their books.
FED. SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG)
$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. SEOG is awarded to students who are also eligible for Federal Pell Grant funds. Students must complete the FAFSA by March 15 to be guaranteed receipt of this award.
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 grant, a student must establish eligibility through the FAFSA or TASFAA, be a Texas resident, not be a recipient of an athletic scholarship, and not be enrolled in a theological or religion 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.