TOP 10% SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Program Purpose

The 80th Texas legislature created the Top 10% 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) by March 15, 2014* 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 2014 semester.

This program is subject to funding availability from the state of Texas.

Award eligibility varies based on enrollment. For details, please visit the Award Proration information page.

Initial Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a Texas resident.
  • You must demonstrate financial need (to be determined by the college or university financial aid office). 
  • You must complete a 2014-2015 FAFSA or TASFA (if applicable) and file no later than March 15, 2014*. Applications must be submitted and processed without errors by this date. 
  • You must complete Recommended or Distinguished Achievement HS curriculum. 
  • You must rank in the top 10 percent (as of your 7th semester or 6th if the college uses that semester for admissions). 
  • You must graduate from an accredited high school in Texas. 
  • You must be an entering Freshman (however can come in as first time junior or senior, from high school with college credits placing you at this classification). 
  • You must be enrolled full-time at the university where you are degree-seeking (12 or more hours)
*FAFSA or TASFA must be processed and cannot be in a REJECT status; a 2014-2015 Student Aid Report (SAR) must be on file at the college or university no later than March 15, 2014.

Renewal Requirements (contingent upon available funding)

  • 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 completed at another institution may)
  • 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)1

The 83rd Texas legislature did not approve funding to support “Bonus Workforce” for the fall 2013 nor 2014. All renewal students must meet the standard 3.25 GPA renewal requirement.

1An exception may be made for a student's final semester before graduation only if fewer than 12 hours are required to complete the degree plan.

NOTE: Eligibility for a Top 10% Scholarship ends four years (time) from the start of the semester in which you received an initial award.

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.

Additional Information

For more information, access College for All Texans or call Scholarships & Financial Aid at (979) 845-3236.

Reference by College for All Texans website.

 
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