Graduate Students

The following are types of financial aid available to graduate students:

TEACH Grant

If you are completing course work needed to begin a career teaching full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families, you may be eligible to receive this grant.

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Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

This is a state grant for students with exceptional financial need. Funds are limited and are awarded based on the student's eligibility and the availability of funds.  You must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 hours as a graduate to receive this grant.

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Work Study

Work study provides part-time employment to students with financial need, allowing you to earn money to help pay education expenses.  You must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 hours as a graduate as well as meet other eligibility criteria to qualify.

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Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

This federal loan is not based on financial need, however we will determine the amount you can borrow based on your cost of attendance and other financial assistance you are receiving.  You are responsible for paying the interest on this loan during all periods.  You must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.5  credit hours for the semester as a graduate as well as meet certain eligibility requirements. 

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Federal Graduate PLUS Loan

You may apply for this loan to help pay for education expenses up to the Cost of Attendance minus all other financial assistance you are receiving.  You must have a completed FAFSA on file for eligibility to be determined for this loan.  You must be enrolled in at least 4.5 credit hours as a graduate.  You may apply for this loan at www.studentloans.gov, please note that this loan is subject to a credit check of "adverse" credit history by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Federal Perkins Loan

This is a low interest (5%) loan for students with exceptional need. You must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 credit hours as a graduate as well as meet other eligibility criteria.  Due to limited funding our office will not be awarding any new Federal Perkins Loan recipients beginning Fall 2015.

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Exemptions and Waivers

These specialized types of financial aid are available in certain circumstances.

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