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Texas State Technical College Financial Aid Consumer Guide

IMPORTANT:  Please read and keep for your records.

The Texas State Technical College (TSTC) enrollment coaches within our Enrollment and Student Resource Centers are here to assist you with your financial aid questions and concerns. We want to help you take advantage of every financial opportunity available to assist you in achieving your educational goals. The descriptions of available financial aid listed in this document are for informational purposes and are not of contractual obligation since changes may occur before another printing is made. This document has been prepared for you, the student consumer. You should review it carefully as it describes various types of student financial aid programs which may be available at TSTC. Your quest for financial assistance should not be limited to this document, but it will provide you with a good starting point. All materials distributed by the Enrollment and Student Resource Centers should always be read thoroughly. The financial aid philosophy at TSTC is to provide financial resources to students who would otherwise be unable to pursue a post-secondary education. However, the primary responsibility of paying for the cost of a college education lies with the student and his/her immediate family. Thus, financial aid should only be expected to assist when the family is unable to meet the full cost of the student’s education. Although financial aid programs are available to help students, please keep in mind that:

  1. Not all TSTC students are eligible for grant assistance.
  2. The amount of money available for financial aid is limited and may not meet all of your financial needs.
  3. Financial aid is not always available when each term begins. Students must consider financial aid application processing time and delays that may be caused by missing documentation, official transcripts, etc.

Since financial aid may not pay for the entire cost of your education, we suggest that you plan ahead and make every effort to obtain as much money as possible from other resources to help with your college expenses. This may be particularly helpful at the beginning of each term before financial aid funds are made available. The Financial Aid Office will attempt to meet the documented financial need of eligible students who meet all requirements. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis subject to financial need and availability of funds. You must complete enrollment requirements with the Enrollment Center before any financial aid can be awarded.


To receive financial aid, a student must meet the following qualifications: 

To receive financial aid, a student must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be accepted for admission to Texas State Technical College and be enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours in a program of at least six months in duration. Exception:  The Federal Pell Grant program provides funding for eligible students enrolled in less than six credit hours. Not all Pell grant students will be eligible to receive funds at this enrollment level.
  • All accepted students must have a high school diploma or a GED.
  • Have established financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Non-citizens should submit an Alien Registration Card, Immigration and Naturalization Service Departure Record or a Temporary Resident Card.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.   
  • Not be in default on a Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan (Guaranteed Student Loan), Federal Direct Student Loan, Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan for Undergraduate Students, or a Federal Supplemental Loan for Students.
  • Not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant,
  • Agree to use all federal student aid solely for educational and educationally related purposes.
  • Sign a statement of educational purpose/certification statement on refunds and defaults (included on FAFSA).
  • Male students who are 18 years of age or older, are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, and are not currently on active duty in the Armed Forces are required to be registered with the Selective Service before any federal student aid can be awarded.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined in our Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

Special Requirements Apply for:

  1. Aircraft Pilot Training (APT) and Helicopter Pilot Training (HPT) students must submit a copy of their Class II Medical Certificate before they can be admitted to the program. APT/HPT student budgets are adjusted to reflect flight costs.  Any APT/HTP student who does not fly for a term may lose the budget adjustment.
  2. Students in the Dental Assistant Program must submit proof of immunizations prior to enrollment.

General Information

The Cost of Your Education

Information on educational costs at Texas State Technical College is readily available in the college catalog and through Enrollment Services. Educational expenses will vary depending on a student’s area of study and personal money management. Students should also include expenses such as transportation, room and board, and personal expenses when planning a budget. Information on the cost of books and supplies is available at the Texas State Technical College Bookstore.  

When to Apply for Financial Aid

Information on educational costs at Texas State Technical College is readily available in the college catalog and through Enrollment and Student Resource Centers. Educational expenses will vary depending on a student’s area of study and personal money management. Students should also include expenses such as transportation, room and board, and personal expenses when planning a budget. Information on the cost of books and supplies is available at the Texas State Technical College Bookstore. 

Fall Semester – June 1   Spring Semester – October 1   Summer Semester – March 1

Verification of Your Financial Aid Application

TSTC verifies the information of all applicants whose financial aid applications are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education along with any other students that may be selected by TSTC.  To verify data on the application, the student will be required to provide copies of records including, but not limited to, income tax transcripts, W-2 statements, child support payment information, other untaxed income payment information, medical/dental expense information, and other records as requested. If inconsistent data is discovered during the verification process, additional information may be requested. No aid will be awarded until all information has been submitted and verified. You can view the ‘Check Financial Aid Status” after clicking on “Financial Aid” tab on WebAdvisor to learn what documents must be submitted.

When a Student Withdraws from School

If a student withdraws from all classes at TSTC, they must follow the withdrawal procedures. For students who receive all F’s and do not officially withdraw, a Return of Title IV refund will be calculated based on the student’s last day of class participation. The college and/or the student may be required to return federal funds awarded to the student. The student is only eligible to retain the financial aid they have earned up to the withdrawal date. Financial Aid will use the official withdrawal date or the last date of class participation. Funds that were disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned to the appropriate programs which may result in the student owing funds to the college and/or the US Department of Education.  TSTC must return the unearned funds to the Department of Education no later than 45 days from the determination of the withdrawal date or the last date of participation.  For more information, please refer to Repayment of Federal Funds: Return of Title IV [pdf].

Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Students are notified by email when their awards are processed, so that they can view their award letter on Self Service.   This occurs shortly after the aid is awarded. In most cases, the financial aid awards are based on the assumption that the student will be enrolled on a full-time basis (12 or more credit hours). Financial aid awards may be reduced or eliminated for students enrolled in less than 12 credit hours.

Receipt of Your Financial Aid Financial aid is disbursed to the student’s TSTC account 10 days prior to the first day of class each semester.  Financial Aid refunds are disbursed by the Student Accounting department via the student's selected refund preference with BankMobile. When the student receives the Refund Selection Kit, he or she must select their refund preference. An academic year for Pell grants at TSTC is defined as 24 credit hours, two semesters or 30 weeks. Each student’s annual award will be divided into disbursements for each semester of attendance. No aid will be awarded for period of non-enrollment. You can obtain disbursement date information by referring to Important Dates and Information on the web.

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress? All students participating in financial aid programs must meet satisfactory academic progress requirements in order to continue receiving financial aid. A student must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average for each term, as well as a cumulative 2.0 GPA for all courses including developmental studies. Additionally a student must achieve a 67% completion rate each term as well as a cumulative completion rate of 67% and must also complete their program within 150% of the minimum number of hours required for their program. For more information, please refer to the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress.

Eligible Courses Covered by Financial Aid Financial aid may be used only for eligible courses. Students must declare a major in an eligible certificate or degree program and aid will only be awarded for those courses that are in the degree plan, and includes developmental studies.   Financial aid will not cover:

  • Courses taken by audit
  • Courses taken outside of your degree plan requirements
  • Courses attempted more than two times (except remedial/developmental courses)
  • Credits exceeding the 27 maximum credits for developmental courses
  • Courses previously passed, unless that course grade failed the minimum grade requirement for the program of study.  In this case we must have documentation that specifies the minimum course grade required
  • Starting July 1, 2011, only two attempts will be approved, if a course was previously passed. A third attempt will not be paid by financial aid.
  • Credit hours earned by placement tests
  • Continuing education courses
  • Courses for which you register after the official census date of the class or for which you begin attendance after the official census date of the class
  • Timeframe and/or credit hours in excess of the 150% maximum program limit
  • Courses taken without having a declared eligible program (enrolled as undeclared, undecided or non-degree seeking)

Transferring Students  Students transferring from another post-secondary institution will be treated as first-year students for purposes of determining loan amounts. Transferring students who have already received an undergraduate degree are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant or the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the right to know the following:

  • What financial aid programs are available
  • The deadline for submitting applications for each of the programs
  • How financial aid will be distributed
  • How financial aid will be determined
  • Costs of attending the institution
  • What resources are considered in the calculation of financial need
  • The institutions refund policy
  • What portion of financial aid received must be repaid and what portion is grant aid
  • The details regarding any loan offered
  • Satisfactory academic progress guidelines for aid recipients
  • That all or a portion of aid may have to be repaid if the student withdraws or changes enrollment status

Students applying for financial assistance must:

  • Complete all application and/or, if required,  all verification forms accurately and submit them electronically through Self Service or to their Enrollment Coach before the mandated deadline
  • Provide correct information
  • NOTE: Misreporting information on a financial aid form is a violation of law and may be considered a criminal offense, which could result in indictment under the U.S. Criminal Code
  • Return all additional documents requested
  • Be responsible for reading, understanding and keeping copies of all forms that require a signature
  • Adhere to the provisions of all signed agreements
  • Perform work assigned as Federal or Texas Work Study employee
  • Be aware of and comply with deadlines for applying for and renewing financial aid applications on an annual basis
  • Report any change in name and/or address to their Enrollment Coach
  • Be aware that upon withdrawing or changing enrollment status, it is possible that a portion of any aid received may have to be repaid
  • Students who received Federal Direct Student Loans must complete an Exit Loan Counseling session before leaving school

Federal Financial Aid Programs Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources might be added. Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant is based upon a student’s financial need. The student’s need is determined by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2018-19 award year is $6,095. The amount you get, though, will depend not only on your financial need, but also on your costs to attend school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. Note: The maximum award amount is given for any Pell Grant eligible student whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept.11, 2001. You must be under 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time in college at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG ) awards are given to Federal Pell Grant recipients who have exceptional financial need. FSEOG funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to those students who have complete files by the application priority deadline.

Federal Work Study (FWS)  and Texas Work Study (TWS) provides part-time jobs students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study. Eligibility is based upon a student’s financial need and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis by the Financial Aid Office. Priority is given to those students who have applied for FAFSA by the application priority deadline. Seven percent of Federal Work-Study funds are allocated to students working in community service jobs. Texas State Technical College (TSTC) also offers Federal Work-Study positions through the America Reads program. For more information, contact the Student Enrollment or Resource Office.    Click here:  to view TSTC’s work study jobs. You will find jobs that specify work study in the title or job description.  These employers are specifically looking for applicants like you.  Students may work up to 15 hours per week earning $8.25 per hour and may earn more depending on the type of work and skill that is required for the position.

Federal Direct Student Loans TSTC participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan program. Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students and parents to help pay for the cost of a student’s education after high school. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) rather than a bank or other financial institution. A student who qualifies for a subsidized loan (has demonstrated financial need) will have his/her interest expense paid by the government until repayment begins. Unsubsidized loans are loans made to eligible students, but eligibility is not based on financial need and interest expense is added to the loan while in school.  If the interest expense is not paid while the student is in school, that expense will be carried forward when repayment begins and calculated into the monthly payments. Subsidized and unsubsidized loan repayment begins six months after the student graduates, leaves school or drops below half-time enrollment.

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) This loan program may be used by a DEPENDENT student’s biological, adoptive or step parent, (dependent as defined by the federal government). The Department of Education is your lender and will perform a credit check to determine eligibility.  Eligible loan applications are certified by the Financial Aid Office.  The maximum amount of a PLUS loan is the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received. For information on how to apply, please refer to Parent Loans.

Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG) Eligibility is based upon a student’s financial need. Funds are limited and awarded on first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to those students who have complete files by the application priority deadline.

Valedictorian Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to every valedictorian of an accredited high school by the Texas Education Agency. This scholarship is accepted at any state-supported college or university, including Texas State Technical College. The scholarship provides exemption from tuition payment for the first year after graduation from high school. For additional information, contact the Student Accounting Office.

Other Scholarships Other scholarships such as industry sponsored, Tech-Prep or private scholarships are honored at Texas State Technical College. Anyone who has accepted a scholarship must comply with the requirements of the sponsoring organization or individual and be accepted to the college.

Tuition and Fee Loans This short term loan is for students who have demonstrated an inability to pay tuition and fees. Students must apply for Financial aid, be in good academic standing, be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours, not be delinquent on loans or have account balances with TSTC, and not be on financial aid suspension.  Book loans are also available and have separate requirements.  Please see Student Accounting for assistance on both of these programs.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) The Private Industry Council or the Council of Governments in your area may offer payment of tuition and/or other services to students who qualify for this program. Interested applicants should contact the nearest agency as far in advance of registration as possible.

Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) Awards are made to cover tuition and fees for students who are Texas residents, show financial need and do not have an Estimated Family Contribution of more than $5,609. They must be enrolled in a TSTC certificate or degree-seeking program (Gen Ed and non-degree seeking students are not eligible). Students must be within the first 30 credit hours for consideration. TEOG funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) DARS may offer payment of tuition and/or other services to students who qualify for this program. Interested applicants should contact their nearest DARS Office as far in advance of registration as possible. For additional information, contact the DARS office at TSTC at 254-867-3750.

Hazlewood Act Honorably discharged veterans who were residents of Texas at the time of enlistment in the armed forces, who are Texas residents at the time of registering at Texas State Technical College, who served more than 180 days of active duty service (not including training time) and who are no longer eligible for VA to cover tuition and certain fees, may apply for an exemption from payment of tuition and certain fees through the Hazlewood Act. An applicant may obtain information and assistance from the Veterans Certification Officer in the Veteran Services office.

Benefits for Veterans (or Veteran Dependents) Texas State Technical College is approved by the Texas Education Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs to educate and train veterans and other eligible persons. This approval includes most academic, technical and vocational certificate and degree programs. Veterans and dependents whose veteran parent is deceased or was totally and permanently disabled, either while on duty or as a result of service, may be eligible for educational allowances.  An applicant may obtain information and assistance from the Veterans Certification Officer in the Veteran Services office.

Misrepresentation No employee may make statements indicating that any program or degree offered by the college will result in employment, promotion in existing employment, increases in salary or other benefit.  No employee will make statements such that completion or attendance at Texas State Technical College will result in admission to any other institution nor to any program at TSTC.  The College’s catalog contains the requirements for admission and completion of all degrees and the costs associated with such degrees. No employee may make representation that any of these policies may be waived without written permission from the appropriate administrative official.

Availability of Employees for Information Dissemination Purposes Requests for information by students about the college should be directed to appropriate administrative office. Employees such as enrollment coaches will provide information regarding their specific areas of responsibility. If a student needs a paper copy of any information they can contact the appropriate administrative office.

If you have questions about your financial aid, your enrollment coach will be happy to assist you.

About the College 

Texas State Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate of Applied Science degrees and Certificates of Completion. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of TSTC. Equal opportunity shall be afforded within Texas State Technical College to all employees and applicants for admission or employment regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. TSTC complies with the Texas Equal Opportunity Plan. For more information, contact Human Resources at 956-364-4042 or 254-867-4810.

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