A grant, unlike a loan, is money that does not have to be repaid. To receive a grant, you must complete the FAFSA and meet the criteria of the grant for eligibility. Grant funds are provided by UST, federal programs and state programs.
- Most grants are need based — first come, first served.
- There is limited funding within some grant programs.
- You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue receiving a grant.
UST New and Returning Student Grant
The University of St. Thomas’ need-based grants are offered to undergraduate students deemed eligible by the University.
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are offered to undergraduate students in financial need (as determined by FAFSA application) by the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity grants are for undergraduates with exceptional financial need (students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions [EFC]) and gives priority to students who receive a Federal Pell Grant.
Texas Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG)
The TEG need-based grant is offered to eligible full-time and part-time students who are Texas residents.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)
You must meet all of the following requirements in order to receive a TEACH Grant:
- You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- You must enroll in coursework necessary to begin a career in teaching in a high-need subject area or plan to complete such coursework.
- High-need subject areas include: bilingual education, English language acquisition, foreign language, mathematics, reading specialist, science and special education.
- You may not receive a TEACH grant if you are already certified in a high-need subject area.
- You must score above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
- Only juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible.
- To apply, you must complete UST’s TEACH grant application. If approved, you will then complete the TEACH Grant Counseling & Agreement to Serve (ATS). If you choose to participate in this program, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need subject area in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. This service obligation begins AFTER completion of your degree. Current employment while attending the program does not count. If you fail to meet the requirements of the service obligation, the TEACH Grant will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You will then be required to repay the loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will also be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed.