The 80th Texas legislature created the Top 10 Percent Scholarship to encourage students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class to attend a Texas public institution of higher education. Qualifying students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) before March 15, 2017** and have financial need are entitled to receive a scholarship if they enroll full-time in a Texas public college or university in the fall 2017 semester.
This program is subject to funding availability from the state of Texas. Award eligibility varies based on Enrollment Status
. For details, please visit the Award Proration
Funding for Initial (new) Recipients is not available for 2017-2018.
Renewal Requirements (contingent upon available funding)
- You must have been previously awarded and met all Initial Requirements
- You must complete a 2017-2018 FAFSA or TASFA (if applicable) and file before March 15, 2017.**
- You must demonstrate financial need (to be determined by the college or university financial aid office).
- You must complete 30 semester credit hours each academic year- Fall, Spring, and the following Summer (credits by exam/AP credits do not count toward completion; however, hours taken within your undergraduate program completed at another institution may be considered).
- You must maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA.
- You must complete at least 75% of hours attempted.
- You must be enrolled full-time at the university where you are degree-seeking (12 or more hours)
Program requirements can be made up during a mini-mester and or summer terms therefore students are responsible for notifying our office and submitting official transcript to Admissions Processing before September 15, 2017.
Maximum Time Frame
Eligibility for a Top 10 Percent Scholarship ends four years from the start of the semester in which you received an initial award.
**FAFSA or TASFA must be processed and cannot be in a REJECT status; a 2017-2018 Student Aid Report (SAR) must be on file at the college or university before March 15, 2017.
Hardships or Other Proper Causes
Should you fail to meet the requirements for renewal, you may submit an appeal to the Top 10% Scholarship Program Coordinator to review your eligibility based upon extenuating circumstances. The request must be submitted in writing and must detail the reason you were unable to meet the renewal requirements.
Reasons that may be considered include:
A severe illness or other debilitating condition that affected academic performance;
An indication that you are responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person and that your provision of care affected your academic performance; or
Other extraordinary circumstances
A financial aid advisor or administrator will respond to your request through your Texas A&M email account. Additional supporting documentation may be requested. A copy of all correspondence will be placed in your financial aid file. Submitting an appeal does not guarantee any adjustments can or will be made.
For more information, access College for All Texans
or call Scholarships & Financial Aid at (979) 845-3236.