*All awards will be applied to students’ account prior to the first class day.  Additionally, all institutional charges due to Howard College /SWCID will be deducted before remaining aid balances are refunded.

Federal PELL Grants

Federal PELL Grant Website for More Information 

The purpose of the Federal Pell Grant Program is to provide eligible students with a “floor” of financial aid to help defray some of the costs of post-secondary education. Student eligibility is based on financial need determined on the basis of a formula, developed by the Department of Education and reviewed by Congress annually, which is applied uniformly to all applicants. Howard College participates in the Federal Pell Electronic Data Exchange (EDE) system. This allows the college to correct information on the Pell Grant Student Aid Report electronically for those students who list Howard College as their college choice.

  • The Pell Grant will be determined based upon a student’s full time enrollment (12 semester hours) for a full academic year.  If you do not plan to enroll full time, your award WILL be reduced.

Federal Pell Grant Duration of Eligibility – Public Law 112-74 amended HEA section 401(c)(5) to reduce the duration of a student’s eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant from 18 semesters (or its equivalent) to 12 semesters (or its equivalent). This provision applies to all Federal Pell Grant eligible students effective with the 2012-13 award year. The calculation of the duration of a student’s eligibility will include all years of the student’s receipt of Federal Pell Grant funding.

If a student is awarded Federal Pell Grant funding, and it is later determined that the student has exceeded their lifetime eligibility, the pell grant will be removed from the student’s account.  In such a case, the student will be required to repay those funds to Howard College. 

A student’s lifetime eligibility used may be viewed by logging into the National Student Loan Data System at www.nslds.ed.gov.

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) - FEDERAL GRANT

An eligible student may receive an Academic Competitiveness Grant (AC Grant) of up to $750 for the first academic year of study and up to $1,300 for the second academic year of study. To be eligible for each academic year, a student must: be a U.S. citizen; be a Federal Pell Grant recipient; be enrolled full-time in a degree program; be enrolled in the first or second academic year of his or her program of study at a two-year or four-year degree-granting institution; have completed a rigorous secondary school program of study (after January 1, 2006, if a first-year student, and after January 1, 2005, if a second-year student); if a first-year student, not have been previously enrolled in an undergraduate program; and if a second-year student must have completed 30 semester hours and must  have at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the first academic year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

A limited number of Supplementary Grants are available to students with exceptional need each year. Student eligibility and amount of grant is determined by the income level of the student and his parents.

College Work Study - FEDERAL & STATE PROGRAM

If awarded Federal or State Work Study, the amount awarded is an estimate of earnings and means that you are eligible to be employed under the FCWS at Howard College/SWCID. These funds will NOT be disbursed unless you obtain employment; you should report to the Office of Financial Aid during the first week of classes for job placement opportunities. If your aid preference included work, and you were not awarded work study, you must contact your financial aid representative and schedule an appointment.


The following loan programs provide assistance to students who have additional financial need to cover the cost of attending college. The FAFSA must be completed to determine eligibility for the Federal Direct Loan. The amounts awarded indicate the amount you are eligible to borrow through the Federal Direct Loan Program.  

There are two types of Federal Direct Loans that you may be eligible for – subsidized and unsubsidized. Both types of loans have a variable interest rate. You are neither required nor encouraged to borrow these funds.  However, if you do feel you will need additional money to pay expenses while in school, refer to the loan information request and lender information form for additional information

  • Federal Direct Subsidized Student Loans – Students who demonstrate need may borrow through the subsidized loan program.  If you qualify, the government pays the interest due on the loan while you are in school and during your grace and deferment periods. These are low-interest loans available through the Federal Government., Those who do not qualify for the subsidized loan (in whole-part) may be considered for the unsubsidized loan.
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans – The unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan is for students who don’t qualify for a subsidized Federal Direct Loan or who qualify for less than the annual maximum amount.  You are responsible for all interest that accrues on an unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan. 
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan – The Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is available for parents of dependent undergraduate students.

Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program (LEAP) / Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP) - STATE GRANT

The purpose of these two programs is to provide grant assistance to financially needy students.  To be eligible a student must be a Texas resident; attend a public or private university; are undergraduate students; show financial need based on federal methodology; are not in default on a federal loan and do not owe a refund on a federal or state grant; are a United States citizen; have not borrowed in excess of federal student aid limits; and register for the Selective Service, unless exempt.

Toward EXcellence, Access, & Success (TEXAS) GRANT PROGRAM - STATE GRANT

The purpose of the program is to provide a grant of money to enable well prepared eligible students to attend public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education in Texas. To be eligible a student must be a Texas resident; graduated from a public or accredited private high school in Texas no earlier than Fall 1998; completed the Distinguished or Recommended high school curriculum; has financial need; has applied for any available financial aid or assistance; enrolls for hours determined by state regulations in an undergraduate degree or certificate program; and has not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance. A student receiving the Texas Grant must maintain satisfactory academic progress as required by the state of Texas; a minimum 2.5 grade point average is required. *Note: must enter program within 16 months of graduation from high school.

Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) PROGRAM - STATE GRANT

The purpose of this program is to provide grant aid to financially needy students enrolled in Texas public two-year colleges.  A student must be a Texas resident; show financial need; if applying for a first-time award, have a family contribution of no more than $2,000; register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement; are enrolled at least 1/2 time (6 semester credit hours) in the first 30 hours (or their equivalent) in an associate’s degree or certificate program at a public two-year college in Texas; Have not been granted an associate’s or a baccalaureate degree; and have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance.*Students who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 75 semester credit hours, for four years, or until they receive an associate’s degree, whichever comes first. The academic requirements for continuing in the program are: At the end of the first year, the student must meet the school’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. At the end of the second year, the student must complete at lease 75 percent of the hours attempted in the prior academic year and have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Summer Aid - (PELL AND LOANS)

Summer — Complete a Summer Application (check it is for the correct year) located on the Financial Aid Resources page.

  • Priority Deadline: May 1. This date ensures that we will have your financial aid file competed and awarded for summer classes when payment is due.
  • Failure to provide ALL required documents by the deadline could and will result in your aid not being ready to pay your bill on the deadline for payments This means, you will need to make other financial arrangements such as a payment plan, cash, etc. with the business office or use the online payment system located in Campus Connect.
  • Simply completing the FAFSA by the deadline is NOT considered a complete file because there is more information required beyond the FAFSA application.
  • Complete a Summer Loan Acceptance Form located on the Financial Aid Resources page (Other Documents tab)

State Student Incentive Grant Program (SSIG) and Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)

These grant funds are available from a combination of Federal, State, and College sources to assist deserving students who have additional financial need. These grant funds are limited and generally range from $200 to $600 per academic year.

State Exemptions and Waivers

Students may view a complete list of exemption and waiver eligibility requirements on the College for all Texans website, www.collegeforalltexans.com