Federal Programs

 

Federal Pell Grants are available to eligible undergraduate students who have not yet received a bachelors degree or a professional degree, are enrolled in a degree or certificate program, meet program eligibility requirements, and have submitted a valid Student Aid Report.

The eligibility criteria for this aid program is demonstrated by financial need. This need is determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The results of the application will produce a dollar amount that the families and students are reasonably expected to contribute toward their educational expenses. This amount is called the 'Expected Family Contribution' or EFC. It is subtracted from the estimated cost of education determined by the school resulting in what is called demonstrated NEED. The EFC, along with a student's enrollment status and the length of his or her program of study, determine the student's award. Students may receive aid up to this amount of need but may not exceed it with any and all types of aid. The funds do not have to be repaid.

 

This grant is for undergraduates with exceptional need, that is, students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) who are also Federal Pell Grant Recipients. Because FSEOG is a grant, it does not have to be repaid. FSEOG is awarded on a first come first serve basis except for dorm students and nursing students who receive priority and extra funds due to their added expense.

 

The purpose of the Federal Work Study Program is to give part-time employment to students who need the income to help meet the cost of post secondary education and to encourage FWS recipients in community service activities. A student must have 'financial need' to be eligible for a FWS job the student's cost of attendance must be more than the amount of his or her Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated by the Federal Need Analysis Methodology. A portion of Federal Work Study funds will be used to fund workers for community service employment. A small percentage of Federal Work-Study money is made available to less than full-time students.

The general conditions and terms applicable to any employment provided to a student as part of the student's financial assistance package are available for inspection in the Financial Aid Office, and a copy is given to those who apply for and/or receive Federal Work study.

All awards from financial assistance programs funded by the federal or state government are administered according to laws and regulations governing those programs. This policy is subject to change as required by federal or state guidelines and/or by the college.


State Programs

 

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
This financial aid may be available to students who are enrolled, and have established need through the Federal Methodology. These Funds are limited and are used on a first come, first serve basis.

 

The purpose of the State Work Study Program is to give part-time employment to students who need the income to help meet the cost of post secondary education. A student must have 'financial need' to be eligible for a State Work Study job. The student's cost of attendance must be more than the amount of his/her Expected Family Contribution according to the FAFSA. Any students who have athletic scholarships are not allowed to use State Work Study funds.

The general conditions and terms applicable to any employment provided to a student as part of the student's financial assistance package are available for inspection in the Financial Aid Office, and a copy is given to those who apply for and/or receive State Work Study.

All awards from financial assistance programs funded by the federal or state government are administered according to laws and regulations governing those programs. This policy is subject to change as required by federal or state guidelines and/or by the college.

 

As of Fall 2014, public community colleges, public technical institutes, and public state colleges will no longer be able to make Initial Year (IY) TEXAS Grant awards to students. 

 

To receive a renewal year (RY) award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:

  • Be enrolled at least three-quarter time as an undergraduate student who previously received a TEXAS Grant award and has not yet been granted a baccalaureate degree;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance. 
  • Have a calculated financial need;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP):

               At the end of the first year:

               Meeting Institutional SAP Policy

               At the end of all subsequent years following the first year:

               2.5 Cumulative GPA
               24 Semester Credit Hours (SCH's) in an Academic Year

 

Texas Educational Opportunity Grant

  • 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 half time (six semester credit hours) in the first 30 hours (or their equivalent) inan associate's degree or certificate program at a public two-year college in Texas

  • Have not been granted an associate's or baccalaureate degree, and

  • Have not been convicted of a felony or 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:

  1. At the end of the first year, the student must meet the school's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)requirements.
  2. At the end of the second year, the student must complete at least 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. 

*An individual convicted of a crime involving a controlled substance can compete for an award in this program two years after he/she has fulfilled his/her obligation to society.


Military Programs

Hill College will assist Veterans with obtaining their educational benefits.  Veterans will find the detailed information on our Veterans page including contact information to your Hill College veteran representative.
A veteran's DD-214 will reflect the Home of Record and discharge status.  If that Home of Record is Texas and the discharge or separation is Honorable OR a general discharge under honorable conditions, a veteran could be eligible for an exemption. More detailed information is available on our Hazlewood Exemption page.

Exemptions & Waivers

  • Waiver of nonresident tuition.
  • Proof that student/family pays ad valorem taxes to school district.

Two types of adopted students meet the eligibility requirement. Those who:

  • Were in foster care and adopted on or after September 1, 2009; or
  • Were adopted, and the subject of an adoption assistance agreement with TDFPS under Subchapter D, Chapter 162, Texas Family Code.

Provide the Office of Student Information Services written proof, from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS), of eligibility. To obtain a letter of eligibility from TDFPS, contact a representative in one of the regional offices. Form K-908-1003 is the TDFPS verification of written proof.

A student is exempt from the payment of tuition and fees, including tuition and fees charged by an institution of higher education for a dual credit course or other course for which a high school student may earn joint high school and college credit, if the student:

Was under the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services:

      A.  on the day preceding the student's 18th birthday;                       
      B.  on or after the day of the student's 14th birthday, if the student was also eligible for                     adoption on or after that day; or
      C.  on the day the student graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high                 school diploma; or
      D.  the date permanent managing conservatorship (PMC) of the student is awarded to a                     person other than the student’s parent, if that date is on or after September 1, 2009.

The student must enroll in an institution of higher education as an undergraduate student or in a dual credit course or other course not later than the student's 25th birthday.

 

 

As of June 1, 2016, the following persons may also qualify for the tuition and fee exemption:

•A student whose age was 14 or older on or after June 1, 2016 and subsequently exited DFPS's permanent managing conservatorship to the legal responsibility of the parent.

  • Tuition and All Fees exempted
  • Must provide Certification of blind and deaf condition by Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Texas Commission for the Blind, Texas Commission for Deaf and Hearing Impaired.
  • Exemption on tuition and fees excluding student service fee.
  • Must have been enlisted at least 180 days beyond basic training.
  • Qualify as a Texas Resident resident at the time of entrance into the service.
  • Honorably discharged shown on copy of discharge papers (DD214).
  • Present proof of ineligibility for educational benefits from the Veteran's Administration.
  • Present proof of ineligibility for the Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

 

  • Tuition exemption Highest ranking graduate from an accredited Texas high school.
  • Must be used during the first two regular semesters after graduation.
  • To qualify for this exemption, the applicant must:
    • Be a paid firefighter employed by a political subdivision of the state of Texas
    • Be a volunteer firefighter who is an active member of an organized volunteer fire department and who holds one of these two credentials:
      • an Accredited Advanced level of certification under the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas volunteer certification program
      • a Phase V (Firefighter II) certification under the Texas Commission on Fire Protection’s voluntary certification program;
    • Be enrolled in at least one accredited fire science course;
    • Have filed a selective service statement of registration status and proof of status with their institution (not applicable if attending a public community college).

    To continue receiving an exemption after initially being awarded, the student must:

    • Meet all program eligibility requirements;
    • Meet the institution’s financial aid satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirement;
    • Not have attempted an excessive number of semester credit hours as an undergraduate student (see Texas Education Code, Section 54.014).

This award exempts an eligible person from the payment of tuition and laboratory fees for specific fire science courses.

To qualify for this exemption, the applicant must:

  • Be a peace officer employed by the state of Texas or by a political subdivision of the state of Texas;
  • Be an undergraduate student enrolled in an eligible criminal justice or law enforcement-related degree or certificate program;
  • Have filed a selective service statement of registration status and proof of status with their institution (not applicable if attending a public community college).

To continue receiving an exemption after initially being awarded, the student must:

  • Meet all program eligibility requirements;
  • Meet the institution’s financial aid satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirement;
  • Not have attempted an excessive number of semester credit hours as an undergraduate student (see Texas Education Code, Section 54.014).
  • Tuition Exemption ages 55 or older.
  • Must provide valid state issued drivers license with date of birth
  • No limit on the number of hours enrolled
  • Only for courses that the senior will receive credit.  Continuing education courses are not eligible for exemption.

 

  • Tuition Exemption for ages 65 or older.
  • Must provide valid state issued drivers license with date of birth
  • Only exempts 6 credit hours and must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • Only for courses that the senior will receive credit.  Continuing education courses are not eligible for exemption.