Grants

Grants are need-based awards from the federal government, the state government, and your university. Unlike loans, grants do not have to be paid back. Eligibility for grants are determined by information reported on the FAFSA https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa or the TASFA http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/index.cfm?objectid=a3119543-cbf8-c202-f1b0eefd5f4b9805 . Such need-based awards are automatically awarded to you if eligibility requirements are met, so no additional application is required. To receive need-based grants, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), be pursuing their first undergraduate degree and be enrolled full-time*.

*Students receiving the Federal Pell Grant and are enrolled less than full-time may be entitled to receive a portion of their Pell Grant based on the guidelines set by the Department of Education.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The SEOG grant is a need-based grant from the federal government that assists students with the most financial need and are pursuing their first undergraduate degree pay for college. Funds for this grant are limited, so the sooner a student files a FAFSA the higher their chances are to receive this grant.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • File a FAFSA
  • Have exceptional financial need
  • Must be Pell eligible
  • Undergraduates only
  • Full-time enrollment required
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA requirement
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Students with the most financial need will be given priority

*Limited funds available

*SEOG for returning students will be included in the Simmons Exchange Grant. A portion of the Simmons Exchange Grant could potentially be exchanged for SEOG on your award package if SEOG funds are available and you meet the eligibility requirements. Exchanging the Simmons Exchange Grant with SEOG only changes the name of the award.

Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a need-based grant from the federal government that assists students who display exceptional financial need and are pursuing their first undergraduate degree pay for their education. Students will be considered for the Federal Pell Grant by filing a FAFSA. If you are eligible, you will receive the full amount you qualify for based on your enrollment status and your expected family contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. Pell eligible students taking summer courses may be entitled to receive Pell funds during the summer term depending on the number of hours they are enrolled.

Eligibility requirements:

  • File a FAFSA
  • Have exceptional financial need
  • Have a qualifying expected family contribution (EFC) as calculated by the FAFSA
  • Award amounts subject to enrollment status. Full-time (12+hours), Three-Quarter-time (9-11 hours), Half-time (6-8 hours), Less than-half time (1-5 hours).
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Undergraduates only
  • Eligibility is subject to Lifetime Eligibility Used percentage calculated by the Department of Education

*Lifetime eligibility for Pell grant funds is limited to six years, the equivalent to 12 full time semesters. Since the amount of a scheduled Pell Grant award, you can receive each award year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%. Students can use up to 150% of their Pell grant each year if are enrolled in summer courses. The Department of Education keeps track of your Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) by adding together the percentages of your Federal Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year. Once your total reaches 600%, you have reached your Federal Pell Grant eligibility limit and will no longer be eligible to receive Pell grant funds. Students can view their Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) by logging into “My Aid”  using your Federal Student Aid ID to view your LEU.

*Initial financial aid packages for new students are based on the previous year’s Federal Pell chart. Pell grant amounts and other need-based awards could be adjusted to correctly correspond to the Federal Pell chart for the current academic year once it is released by the Federal government.

Federal Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship (CFHS)

Under the CFHS, beginning with the 2018-2019 award year, A Pell-eligible student whose parent/guardian* died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer** is eligible to receive the maximum Pell grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made. To qualify for this scholarship a student must:

  • Be otherwise Pell-eligible
  • Have a Pell-eligible EFC
  • Be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death

In subsequent award years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship, if the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student.

All Title IV aid awarded to such eligible student must be based on an EFC of zero without regard to the student’s calculated EFC. Thus, the student is eligible for the maximum Pell grant for his or her enrollment status and cost of attendance. In addition, the student’s eligibility for Direct Loans and for Campus-Based program aid must be based on an EFC of zero.

*The definition of “parent/guardian” for purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship is broader than that used for purposes of the FAFSA.  For scholarship purposes, parent/guardian includes non-custodial parents, step-parents, and parents of independent students.  In all cases, the parent/guardian status at the time of death is the qualifying eligibility criterion.  This may be different from the current parent/guardian status.

**The definition of “public safety officer” for purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship is:

  • An individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or chaplain;
  • An employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who is performing official duties of the agency, if those official duties—
    • are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and
    • are determined by FEMA to be hazardous duties;
  • An employee of a state, local, or tribal emergency management or civil defense agency who is performing official duties in cooperation with FEMA, if those official duties—
    • are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and
    • are determined by the agency to be hazardous duties;
  • A member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew who, as authorized or licensed by law and by the applicable agency or entity, is engaging in rescue activity or in the provision of emergency medical services; or
  • A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with state or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned, special event.

Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG)

The TEG is a need-based grant funded by the State of Texas that assists Texas residents who display financial need and are pursuing their first undergraduate degree pay for their education. Eligibility is determined by information reported on the FAFSA or TASFA as well as information reported on the Texas Residency Form https://www.hsutx.edu/tuition-aid/financial-aid-checklist/statement-of-texas-residency/

Eligibility Requirements:

  • File a FAFSA or TASFA
  • Full-time enrollment required
  • Have financial need
  • Be registered for the Selective Service, or be exempt
  • Not majoring or minoring in theology or religious degree program
  • Not receiving a ministry grant or theology scholarship
  • Not receiving a full tuition scholarship
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Must complete 24 hours (18 graduate hours) in an academic year with a 2.5 GPA renewal
  • Limited to four years of undergraduate study
  • A Texas Residency Affirmation form must be filed to receive funds from any Texas financial aid program. This is a one-time, state-mandated regulation.

*Limited funds available

*TEG for returning students will be included in the Simmons Exchange Grant. A portion of the Simmons Exchange Grant could potentially be exchanged for TEG on your award package if TEG funds are available and you meet the eligibility requirements. Exchanging the Simmons Exchange Grant with TEG only changes the name of the award.

TEG Hardship Policy

In the event of a hardship or for other good cause, the Financial Aid Office may allow an otherwise eligible person to receive a TEG while enrolled less than full time or if the student’s grade point average or number of hours completed falls below the satisfactory academic progress requirements. Such conditions may include, but are not limited to:

  1. a showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student’s academic performance;
  2. 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 his or her academic performance, or
  3. a student’s need to complete fewer than the required minimum number of hours in a given term in order to complete a degree, in which case the award amount should be determined on a pro rata basis for a full-time award.

Simmons Exchange Grant

The Simmons Exchange Grant is unique to Hardin-Simmons University and is funded by various sources. The Lord has blessed HSU with donations from many alumni, parents, friends, and foundations who generously give to HSU each year. These gifts plus grant programs make up what we call the Simmons Exchange Grant, which lowers the tuition cost of an HSU education. Students who receive additional endowed scholarships and/or other grants will see their Simmons Exchange Grant decrease as it is replaced with specific grants, like TEG & SEOG, or the names of generous donors who gave sacrificially to help lower your tuition cost. Initial financial aid packages for new students are based on the previous year’s Federal Pell chart. Students could see their Federal Pell Grant amounts and their Simmons Exchange Grant be adjusted to correctly correspond to the Federal Pell chart for the current academic year once it is released by the Federal government.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • File a FAFSA or TASFA, amount is determined by the student’s financial need
  • Have financial need
  • Full-time enrollment required
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA requirement
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Applicable to students paying block tuition only
  • Undergraduate students only

*Exchanging the Simmons Exchange Grant with TEG, SEOG, additional Pell, and/or any endowed scholarship only changes the name of the award.