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Grants

The colleges of DCCCD administer the following grant programs:

Federal Pell Grant (PELL)

This grant is designed to help undergraduate, pre-baccalaureate students continue their education. The purpose of this program is to provide eligible students with a “foundation” of financial aid to assist with the cost of attending college. All students applying for financial assistance through a college of DCCCD must apply for a Federal Pell Grant first, through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. Department of Education uses the data reported on the FAFSA in a formula established by Congress to determine a student’s financial need for the Pell Grant. Students who are in default or overpayments with any federal financial aid program are not eligible to receive a Pell Grant until the default/overpayment is resolved. Pell Grant recipients within the colleges of DCCCD must be enrolled in at least one credit hour and must comply with the satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy for federal aid.


Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

This grant is awarded to students with exceptional financial need. SEOG funds are limited, and priority for the award is given to students who receive a Federal Pell Grant with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero. Eligibility for SEOG is determined with the data reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who are in default or overpayments with any federal financial aid program are not eligible to receive a Pell Grant until the default/overpayment is resolved. SEOG recipients within the colleges of DCCCD must be enrolled in at least one credit hour and must have a Pell Grant award.


Texas Public Education Grants (TPEG)

These grants have limited funding and are awarded to eligible students who:

  • are Texas residents, nonresidents or foreign students
  • show financial need
  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • are enrolled in six credit hours (half-time enrollment)

Note: TPEGs are also available for eligible continuing education students. See Financial Aid for Continuing Education for details.

TEXAS Grant (TxGrant)
 
The purpose of this program is to provide a grant of money to enable well-prepared, eligible students to attend public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education in Texas. The priority in making awards is to provide continued funding to recipients already enrolled in the program who are in college and are making progress toward their degrees. For the past several years, state funding has not been adequate to make new awards to all entering freshmen who are otherwise eligible for the grant. Eligibility does not guarantee that a grant will be awarded.


For additional information about these or other grants, contact the Financial Aid Office.