Types of Aid
(Financial Aid Programs)
(do not require repayment)
Federal Pell Grant: Need must be established by filing the FAFSA. Awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree or professional degree (such as pharmacy or dentistry). Pell Grants provide a foundation of financial aid to which other aid may be added. Additional information is available at http://studentaid.ed.gov.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant: Not need-based but FASFA application is required; awarded to eligible students majoring in designated MSU Education programs. Student must commit to a 4-year service obligation within 8 years of program completion and be a full-time teacher in a high-need field at a low-income school; failure to complete the service obligation will require repayment of the TEACH Grant under the auspices of the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program. Additional information is available at http://www.mwsu.edu/finaid/teach-grant.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): Need must be established by filing the FAFSA. Available to eligible undergraduate students who have maximum need and are eligible for funds in addition to the Federal Pell Grant. Additional information is available at http://studentaid.ed.gov.
Toward Excellence, Access, & Success Grant (TEXAS): Need must be established by filing the FAFSA. A state grant program available to Texas residents who graduated from a Texas high school no earlier than Fall 1998 and completed the recommended or advanced high school curriculum or its equivalent. Priority is given to students who apply for financial aid by March 15th and meet requirements in at least 2 of the following 4 areas: Advanced Academic Program – 12 hours of college credit (dual credit or AP courses), complete the Distinguished Achievement Program, or complete the International Baccalaureate Program. TSI Readiness – Meet the Texas Success Initiative assessment. thresholds or qualify for an exemption. Class Standing – Graduate in the top 1/3 of the HS graduating class or have a B average. Advanced Math - Complete at least one math course beyond Algebra II. Refer to the TEXAS Grant Fact Sheet for additional details regarding this program; the Fact Sheet is typically updated annually in April.
Mustangs Guarantee Tuition Program: Need must be established by filing the FAFSA. The Mustangs Guarantee Tuition Program is available to beginning freshmen students OR undergraduate transfer students new to MSU who have not already received a degree; students must be accepted for admission to MSU in a Summer, Fall or Spring term and be Texas residents, Pell Grant eligible, and whose family’s combined annual Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $50,000 or less. Student must have a complete financial aid file on/before May 31, which includes the submission of all required documents if chosen for verification by the federal processor or the MSU Financial Aid Office, including but not limited to a complete and signed Verification Worksheet, copy of student’s Tax RETURN TRANSCRIPT and/or copy of parent’s Tax RETURN TRANSCRIPT. The Mustangs Guarantee Program will cover the remaining balance of any tuition and mandatory fees (for 15 or more credit hours each semester for up to four academic years – summer terms and non-MSU enrolled hours are not included) that are NOT covered by other grants, scholarships (all sources), exemptions, benefits, and/or waiver programs received by the student. Additional information is available at http://finaid.mwsu.edu/m-guarantee.asp.
Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG) for Resident and Non-Resident Students: Need must be established by filing the FAFSA. Available to eligible students who have need and meet other eligibility requirements; may be received in addition to, or in place of, the Federal Pell Grant.
Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG) for International Students: Not need based per FAFSA requirements but need must be determined via MSU application process. Interested students should contact the International Program department or the MSU-FAO; selections are made by the TPEG International Grant Committee.
Top 10% Scholarship: Need must be established by filing the FAFSA. Need must be established by filing the FAFSA. Provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Top 10% Scholarship encourages 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 March15 and have financial need are entitled to receive a $2000 scholarship if they enroll fulltime in a Texas public college or university. Students who submit their FAFSA after March 15 will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds have been spent. Additional information is available here.
Other Federal, State and Institutional Grants/Scholarships: Need must be established by filing the FAFSA. Available to eligible students in accordance with program and institutional requirements; may be received in addition to, or in place of, the Federal Pell Grant. These grants include:
*Student Property Deposit Grant
*5th Year Accounting Grant/Scholarship
*Texas Coordinating Board Nursing Scholarships
*MSU Gold Grant
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan: Need must be established by filing the FAFSA prior to processing the loan's Master Promissory Note (MPN). The loan funds are obtained and disbursed through the FAO in cooperation with the federal government who serves as the lending institution. Student must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the loan; student is responsible for the repayment of principal and interest which begins after the student ceases to be enrolled on at least a half- time basis and a six-month "grace period" has expired. Additional information regarding the Direct Subsidized Loan program is available here.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Not need based but eligibility must be determined by filing the FAFSA prior to processing the loan's Master Promissory Note (MPN). The loan funds are obtained and disbursed through the FAO in cooperation with the federal government who serves as the lending institution. Student must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the loan. Student is encouraged to repay accrued interest during enrollment period(s); otherwise, repayment of accrued interest and principal begins after the student ceases to be enrolled on at least a half- time basis and a six-month "grace period" has expired. Additional information regarding the Direct Unsubsidized Loan program is available here.
Federal Direct PLUS Loan: Not need based but eligibility must be determined by filing the FAFSA prior to processing the loan's Master Promissory Note (MPN). Available to the parent of an enrolled, dependent student; graduate and professional students are eligible to apply as well. The loan funds are obtained and disbursed through the FAO in cooperation with the federal government who serves as the lending institution. Student must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the loan. Parent is responsible for the repayment of interest which begins within 60 days from the date the loan funds are fully disbursed each year; principal repayment can be deferred under certain conditions. Additional information regarding the Direct PLUS Loan program is available here.
TEXAS B-On-Time Loan: Need must be established by filing the FAFSA. Provides eligible Texas students with ZERO- INTEREST loans; if the student meets specified goals, the entire loan can be forgiven upon graduation. Student must be a Texas resident, enrolled full-time and has graduated under the recommended high school program from a public or accredited private high school in Texas OR have graduated in the 2002-03 academic year or later from a high school operated by the U.S. Department of Defense OR have earned an associate's degree from an eligible institution no earlier than May 1, 2005. Refer to the BOT Fact Sheet for additional details regarding this program. the Fact Sheet is typically updated annually in April.
Federal Perkins Loan: Need must be established by filing the FAFSA. At MSU, priority for the Perkins Loan will be given to students who maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and is seeking a Teaching or Nursing degree. Student must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the loan. Following a grace period, repayment of principal and interest begins after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. The interest rate is 5% and is processed and collected through Panhandle Plains Higher Education Authority (PHEAA) in conjunction with the MSU FAO.
College Access Loan (CAL): Not need based but eligibility must be determined by filing the FAFSA. Student must be a Texas resident and enrolled at least half-time. The loan plus other financial aid may not exceed the Cost of Attendance (COA) as determined by the University. Interest rate is determined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Refer to the CAL Loan Fact Sheet for additional details regarding this program; the Fact Sheet is typically updated annually in April.
Alternative Private Loan: Not need based. Offered as an alternative loan program when the student/parent is no longer eligible to receive the above-mentioned loans. Eligibility criteria varies among lenders; peruse these four tips which will help guide you when navigating the private loan market. Visit http://www.mwsu.edu/finaid/alt_loans or contact the MSU-FAO for additional information.
MSU PAYMENT PLANS
Installment Plan: a short-term payment plan which is administered by the MSU Business Office and can be used to defer payment of tuition and fees and/or on-campus room and board. Repayment is due as scheduled during the semester or terms in which it is borrowed or upon official withdrawal from the university. A $22.50 service charge is added to this payment. The Installment Plan contract can be accessed and submitted on-line at http://www.mwsu.edu/busoffice/paymentplans. Students who do not meet the required first payment by the fourth class day of the semester will be invalidated from their classes. Students invalidated for non-payment and who are registered in their classes will be assessed a $25.00 reinstatement fee and a $25.00 late registration fee.
Emergency Tuition and Fee Loan (ETFL): A short-term loan which is administered by the MSU Business Office and allows the student to defer up to 100% of required tuition and fee expenses only (excludes on-campus room and board expenses and Property Deposit fee). A $22.50 loan origination fee and a 1% service charge are added to this loan. Repayment is due as scheduled during the semester or summer term(s) in which it is borrowed, or upon official withdrawal from the university. After completing the ETFL Contract ONLINE http://www.mwsu.edu/busoffice/paymentplans, you will be able to print and sign a promissory note which must be delivered to the MSU BUSINESS OFFICE.
Book Loan: is available to students whose financial aid refund check is less than $600 - OR - the student is not receiving financial aid but needs additional assistance with purchasing books. Repayment is due as scheduled during the semester or summer terms(s) in which it is borrowed or upon official withdrawal from the university. Book Loan forms must be submitted online (available athttp://www.mwsu.edu/finaid/bookvoucher) and a copy of the completed form taken to the MSU BOOKSTORE (Clark Student Center) for additional processing. Faxed copies will NOT be accepted unless you are a Distance Education student. (NOTE: DISTANCE EDUCATION STUDENTS -if you selected Financial Aid as the payment option for your textbooks but your refund check is less than $600 and, thereby, you want to use the Book Loan, you MUST submit the Book Loan online (available at http://www.mwsu.edu/finaid/bookvoucher) to secure your textbook purchases. Remember to fax your completed Book Loan Voucher form to the MSU BOOKSTORE at 940:397-4683 at which time your textbook purchase will be processed; you will receive an email confirmation from the MSU Bookstore that your textbooks have been processed and are ready to ship or ready for pick up.)
College Work-Study:Need must be established by filing the FAFSA.Federal and state programs offer up to 20 hours per week of on-campus/off-campus employment. Early applicants have the maximum opportunity to receive college work-study funds as part of an overall financial aid package. Additional information regarding Work-Study jobs is available at http://www.mwsu.edu/finaid/cwsjobs.asp.
Off-Campus/On-Campus Employment: Not need based. Interested students should contact the MSU Career Management Center at 940:397-4473, located in room 108 of the Clark Student Center for additional information. Additionally, the Career Management Center offers the Mustangs HIRE job announcement system (http://www.mwsu.edu/career/mustangshire)
ACADEMIC AND/OR ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Academic Scholarships: University scholarships are available in recognition of a student's academic achievement, special abilities as indicated by the applicant's academic transcript, entrance exam scores, participation in extracurricular activities, and other criteria as defined by specific scholarship programs. Students should seek information about scholarship applications and deadline dates through the academic departments at http://academics.mwsu.edu/, MSU Admissions Office at http://www.mwsu.edu/admissions/scholarships and University Donor Services at http://mwsu.edu/donations/scholarship-apps. Scholarship recipients may be held responsible for repayment of all scholarship funds awarded if the student's academic and/or enrollment status changes during the term in which the scholarship is received. NOTE: Scholarships offered through the MSU Admissions Office have a March 1 deadline date.
Athletic Scholarships: Generally awarded based on the student's athletic ability. Information regarding athletic scholarships can be obtained from the Head Coach of the particular sport.
Community and service organizations also offer scholarships, but students should apply early and know the deadlines! With a little work, a student can obtain scholarships to help fund his/her college education. Many websites are available to help students search for scholarships.