UTPA awarded $8.5 million for TEXAS Grant program
Posted: 07/20/2001
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For the third year in a row, The University of Texas-Pan American was awarded the largest amount of funding for the Toward Excellence Access & Success (TEXAS) Grant program of any university or community college in Texas.

The Texas State Legislature allotted $8.5 million total for the TEXAS Grant, which helps incoming freshmen and transfer students with associate's degrees pay for school tuition and fees at UTPA.

"We will be able to assist all eligible entering freshmen with this large an allocation plus assist eligible transfer students," said Michelle Alvarado, director of Student Financial Services and Scholarships. "We are hopeful that this program will increase UTPA's retention rates by alleviating one barrier to our students' success such as financial need."

The TEXAS Grant program enables well-prepared qualified students to attend public and nonprofit institutions of higher education in Texas. The grant is awarded to students based on the total number of hours enrolled during the fall or spring semester.

For the 2001-2002 academic year, approximately 2,100 freshmen and a maximum of 1,050 continuing students are eligible to receive $1,344 per semester based on financial need. The grants will be awarded in late July and early August to help students pay for fall semester courses.

"Again, it is extremely important that students apply for financial aid and ensure the Office of Admissions and Records has their final high school transcript as soon as possible." said Eva Salinas-Nava, UTPA student financial aid officer. "This is the only way we can identify students eligible for the TEXAS Grant program."

Starting freshmen may receive the TEXAS Grant award for up to 150 credit hours or six years, whichever comes first. Transfer students with an associate's degree may be awarded for up to 90 credit hours or four years, whichever comes first.

To qualify, a student must be a Texas resident; complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); graduate from a public or accredited private high school in Texas no earlier than May 2000; complete the "Recommended," "Distinguished" or "Advanced" honors high school program; receive the first TEXAS Grant award within 16 months of high school graduation; enroll in at least three-fourths time in an undergraduate degree program; and not have been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance.

The same qualifications apply for transfer students with the exceptions of transferring with an associate's degree received on or after May 2001 and receiving the first TEXAS Grant award within 12 months of receiving an associate's degree.

For more information about the UTPA TEXAS Grant program, contact Salinas-Nava at 956/381-2514 or e-mail at