Grants

Grants are need-based awards from the Federal and State governments. Unlike loans, grants do not have to be paid back. Eligibility for need based grants is determined by information collected from the FAFSA https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa or the TASFA http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/index.cfm?objectid=a3119543-cbf8-c202-f1b0eefd5f4b9805 . 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 Pell who are enrolled less than full time are entitled to receive a portion of their Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The SEOG grant is a need-based grant from the Federal government to help undergraduate students who display financial need, pursuing their first undergraduate degree, pay for college. Eligibility is determined by information collected on the FAFSA, maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP), and being enrolled full time. Students must have a $0 EFC to receive this grant. Funds are limited for this grant, the sooner a student files a FAFSA the higher their chances are to receive this grant.

*SEOG for returning students will be included in the Simmons Exchange Grant. A portion of your Simmons Exchange Grant that would have been your SEOG amount could be swapped for SEOG on your award package if there are SEOG funds remaining. The amount of aid on your award package will not change, swapping Simmons with SEOG just changes how your award is funded.

Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a need-based grant from the Federal government to help students who display financial need and are pursuing their first undergraduate degree pay for college. Eligibility is determined by information collected on the FAFSA including your estimated family contribution (EFC). If you are eligible for the Pell grant, you will receive the full amount you qualify for based on the number of hours you are enrolled and your EFC. Pell eligible students who take summer courses are entitled to receive Pell funds during the summer based on hours enrolled.

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 grant funded by the State of Texas to help Texas residents who display financial need, pursuing their first undergraduate degree, pay for college. Eligibility is determined by information collected on the FAFSA or TASFA, maintaining SAP, being enrolled full time, as well as information on the Texas Residency Form.

*Students receiving full tuition scholarships or pursuing a major or minor leading to religious ministry will not be eligible for need based awards funded by the state of Texas.

*TEG for returning students will be included in the Simmons Exchange Grant. A portion of your Simmons Exchange Grant that would have been your TEG amount could be swapped for TEG on your award package if there are TEG funds remaining. The amount of aid on your award package will not change, swapping Simmons with TEG just changes how your award is funded.

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 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 awarded additional endowed scholarships and/or other grants will see their Simmons Exchange Grant decrease as it is replaced with specific grants or the names of generous donors who gave sacrificially to help lower your tuition cost.

*Applicable to students paying block tuition only.
*Renewable for a maximum of four years of undergraduate study.