TX College Guidebook - Spring Semester 2019 - Page 99



FREE TUITION PROGRAMS
Free tuition programs are also known by other names, including Assured Tuition.
These programs offer free tuition -- through financial aid without loans -- to help
middle class families afford college. Typically, the program pays for 15 credit hours per
semester to new entering freshmen with a family adjusted gross income that does not
exceed a specific threshold. They may be renewed for a total maximum of four years.
See the Assured Tuition page for more information about the 18 public universities in
Texas that offer Assured Tuition programs. Rice University also has one. To learn more
about a particular college’s program, click on the link we provide on their Campus
Guide page.
Prepare for early deadlines!
Typically, the deadline for these programs is much
earlier than the school’s application date. Many require
your FAFSA to be submitted in late fall or January.
If you graduate in 2019 . . .
It is not too late! Check page 13 to find schools with
spring deadlines. For example, West Texas A&M’s Buff
Promise deadline is 4/15. If your family’s AGI is $40k or
less, and you meet their requirements, you can save
over $32,000 in tuition and fees over 4 years!
SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships, like grants, do not need to be repaid. Scholarships are usually
awarded based on academic merit or talent, while grants are usually provided
because of economic need.
We provide a link to each university’s scholarship list on their Campus Guide page.
It is very important to consider a school’s available institutional scholarships when
selecting a college.
Many Texas colleges offer outstanding scholarships to highly-qualified students.
While SAT and ACT scores do not factor into an admission decision for students in
the Top 10%, they are a significant factor in determining merit scholarships. Some
schools have “automatic scholarships” (including full-rides) for students with
exemplary scores. High SAT and/or ACT scores can earn thousands in scholarships.
A family’s financial status does not affect eligibility for merit scholarships.
RESOURCES
National Merit Scholarship - Most celebrated scholarship (begins with PSAT)
Terry Scholars - Largest TX private scholarship program (apply via university)
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - Multi-million dollars awarded/yr - Statewide
Dell Scholars - For students in the academic middle from low-income households
QuestBridge - Matches high achieving, low income students to elite colleges
Texas Foster Children - Texas program for children in foster care
NCAA Guide for Athletes - Comprehensive 40-page booklet (must read for athletes)
ROTC Programs - Overview of ROTC programs for all Service branches

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