Disbursement Rules and Pell Grants
All students receiving financial aid must meet the disbursement requirements of each aid program awarded in order for aid to be disbursed. Enrollment is verified on census date for each semester. Dropping classes, withdrawing, or registering for fewer hours once awarded and financial aid is released will result in a change in the amount of your financial aid for the semester or complete cancellation of your financial assistance. Below is a chart explaining the disbursement requirements for each aid program. (The Pell grant is listed separately due to its unique and very specific requirements).
Federal Pell Grant
The amount of Pell grant you may receive is based on the number of hours indicated on your Financial Aid application.
12 hours or more is full-time enrollment
9-11 hours (3/4 time) or
6-8 hours (1/2 time)
The Pell grant is federally funded "gift" aid and is not normally repaid, however, if a change in your enrollment status occurs prior to the census date (full-time to 3/4 time or less), you will be responsible for repayment of the difference between the amount you received and the amount specified for the new status. Withdrawal from all courses after the census date may also necessitate repayment.
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|Type of Aid||Minimum number of enrolled hours to be eligible||Can dropping classes change my eligibility?||Can withdrawing from the university require repayment?|
|SEOG GRANT||6 HOURS||YES||YES|
|TPEG GRANT||Full Time||YES||YES|
|TEXAS GRANT||9 credit hours/Complete 24 credit hours in academic year||YES||YES|
|DIRECT SUBSIDIZED LOAN||6 HOURS||YES||YES|
|DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED LOAN||6 HOURS||YES||YES|
|FEDERAL PARENT PLUS LOAN *||6 HOURS||YES||YES|
FEDERAL PERKINS LOAN
|COLLEGE ACCESS LOAN||6 HOURS||YES||YES|
|BE ON TIME LOAN||12 HOURS||YES||YES|