General Correspondence

August 13, 2020
Loan Processing Schedule Update 2020AUG12 Memo

The Texas Comptroller’s office payment system USAS, will be down from Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, 2020 for year-end processing. Note: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 is the last day for borrowers to accept a Loan Approval Disclosure (LAD) in order for funds to arrive at the institution prior to Aug. 28, 2020.  

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Tags: Loan Processing Schedule Update 2020AUG12 Memo, THECB
August 13, 2020
Blind or Deaf Student Exemption Fact Sheet Memo

Financial Aid Services (FAS) announces the release of a new resource for public institutions: Exemption for Blind or Deaf Students - Fact Sheet. FAS developed the fact sheet to help institutions assist students who are blind or deaf that qualify for an exemption of tuition under Texas Education Code, Section 54.364, and are attending a public college or university in the state of Texas. 

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Tags: Blind or Deaf Student Exemption Program Fact Sheet Memo, Blind/Deaf, THECB
August 13, 2020
Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program FY 2021 Award Amount Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announces the maximum award amount for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) for the 2020-21 academic year: the annual amount for initial and continuing awards is $10,000.

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Tags: Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) 2020-21 (FY 2021) Award Amount Memo, THECB
August 13, 2020
Bilingual Education Program Guidelines Update FY 2021 Memo

Enclosed are the updated 2020-21 Bilingual Education Program Guidelines that include clarification regarding eligibility requirements for the program. One of the requirements to receive an award of program funds is that qualified students must successfully pass the State Board for Educator Certification Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test.

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Tags: Bilingual Education Program Guidelines Update 2020-21 (FY 2021) Memo, THECB
July 28, 2020
Texas College Work Study 2018-19 Data Request Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) compiles an annual Financial Aid Report (FAR) concerning student financial aid at Texas public and private/independent institutions of higher education. The report is created in accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC) section 56.082, which calls for the THECB to report the number of Texas College Work-Study (TCWS) students employed by for-profit or nonprofit employers.

To comply with reporting requirements, the institutions on the enclosed list must provide employer status of “for-profit” or “nonprofit” for each TCWS student for the 2018-19 (FY 2019) year.

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Tags: Texas College Work-Study (TCWS) 2018-19 (FY 2019) Data Request Memo, THECB
July 1, 2020
Authority to Transfer Funds FY 2020 Deadline Reminder Memo

As a reminder, the deadline for institutions to move any unexpended Texas College Work-Study (TCWS) or Work-study Student Mentorship Program (WSMP) allocations to state grant programs is July 1, 2020.

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Tags: Authority to Transfer Funds 2019-20 (FY 2020) Deadline Reminder Memo, THECB
July 1, 2020
Tuition Equalization Grant FY 2019 Engagement Report Deadline Reminder Memo

As a reminder, the deadline for institutions to submit their 2018-19 (FY 2019) Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) Engagement Report to Financial Aid Services is June 30, 2020.

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Tags: Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) Engagement Report 2018-19 (FY 2019) Deadline Reminder Memo, THECB
July 1, 2020
Tuition Equalization Grant FY 2020 Engagement Guide Memo

The FY 2020 Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) Engagement Guide is available on the Student Financial Aid Programs webpage under Program Resources. Private and independent institutions participating in the TEG program are required to have their operations of the program audited on an annual basis by an independent auditor or by an internal audit office that is independent of the financial aid and disbursing office.

The purpose of the engagement is to confirm that awards are made only to eligible students and that the institution has an adequate system of internal controls to ensure adherence to program laws and regulations.

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Tags: Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) 2019-20 (FY 2020) Engagement Guide Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
Texas Educational Opportunity Grant FY 2021 Revised Allocation Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announces the enclosed 2020-21 (FY 2021) revised allocation amounts for fiscal year 2021 for the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) program.

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Tags: Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) 2020-21 (FY 2021) Revised Allocation Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
Tuition Equalization Grant FY 2021 Revised Allocation Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announces the enclosed 2020-21 (FY 2021) revised final allocation amounts for fiscal year 2021 for the Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) program.

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Tags: Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) 2020-21 (FY 2021) Revised Allocation Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
Toward EXcellence, Access, and Success Grant FY 2021 10-Day Allocation Data Review Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announces the 10-day allocation data review for the 2020-21 (FY 2021) TEXAS Grant program for public institutions.

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Tags: Toward EXcellence, Access, and Success (TEXAS) Grant 10-Day Allocation Data Review 2020-21 (FY 2021) Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
Texas College Work-Study FY 2021 10-Day Allocation Data Review Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announces the 10-day allocation data review for the 2020-21 (FY 2021) Texas College Work-Study (TCWS) program at public and private/independent institutions. The Texas College Work-Study Program appropriation supports the TCWS, the Work-Study Student Mentorship, and the Texas WORKS Internship Programs. This allocation data review is specifically for the TCWS Program.

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Tags: Texas College Work-Study 2020-21 (FY 2021) 10-Day Allocation Data Review Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
Bilingual Education Program FY 2021 Proposed Allocation Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announces the enclosed 2020-21 (FY 2021) proposed allocation amounts for fiscal year 2021 for the Bilingual Education Program.

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Tags: Bilingual Education Program 2020-21 (FY 2021) Proposed Allocation Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
Educational Aide Exemption FY 2021 10-Day Allocation Data Review Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announces the 10-day allocation data review for the 2020-21 (FY 2021) Educational Aide Exemption (EAE) program for public institutions.

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Tags: Educational Aide Exemption (EAE) Program 2020-21 (FY 2021) 10-Day Allocation Data Review Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
Work-Study Student Mentorship Program FY 2021 10-Day Allocation Data Review Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announces the 10-day allocation data review for the 2020-21 (FY 2021) Work-Study Student Mentorship Program (WSMP) at public and private/independent institutions. The Texas College Work-Study Program appropriation supports the Texas College Work-Study, the WSMP, and the Texas WORKS Internship Programs. This allocation data review is specifically for the WSMP.

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Tags: Work-Study Student Mentorship Program (WSMP) 2020-21 (FY 2021) 10-Day Allocation Data Review Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
State Financial Aid Programs FY 2021 Comprehensive Guidelines Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announces the release of the comprehensive 2020-21 (FY 2021) program guidelines, a resource that combines all guidelines in one PDF for ease of use. The enclosed comprehensive guidelines are also posted on the Student Financial Aid Programs (SFAP) Program Resources webpage. 

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Tags: State Financial Aid Programs 2020-21 (FY 2021) Comprehensive Guidelines Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
Tuition Equalization Grant FY 2019 Need Survey Review Reminder Memo

Reminder: Institutions have until  June 24, 2020 to send a confirmation through CONTACT US (select “Financial Aid Question” as the Contact Reason) for the FY 2019 Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) Need Survey - Review.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is required to present the result of its most recent annual need survey for Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) funds as part of its biennial appropriations request to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the governor. The request includes an estimate of the amount needed to fully fund the TEG program in the coming biennium. 

Enclosed is the spreadsheet that lists calculated TEG Need for each institution. Steps for completing the review process is documented within this memo.

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Tags: Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) 2018-19 (FY 2019) Need Survey Review Reminder Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
College Access Loan 2020 Interest Rate Change

Effective July 1, 2020, the interest rate on all College Access Loans (CAL) will be 4.20%.

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Tags: College Access Loan (CAL) 2020 Interest Rate Change Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
Financial Aid Database FY 2020 Reporting Cycle Two Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) will begin accepting files June 22, 2020 for the 2019-20 (FY 2020) FAD Reporting Cycle Two.

Enclosed is the updated FY 2020 FAD manual, which is also available on the Student Financial Aid Programs website under Online Resources. Please replace all previous copies of the FY 2020 FAD manual to ensure that financial aid administrators submit all files accurately.

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Tags: Financial Aid Database (FAD) 2019-20 (FY 2020) Reporting Cycle Two Opening Memo, THECB
June 30, 2020
Tuition Equalization Grant FY 2019 Need Survey Review Memo

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is required to present the result of its most recent annual need survey for Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) funds as part of its biennial appropriations request to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the governor. The request includes an estimate of the amount needed to fully fund the TEG program in the coming biennium. 

Enclosed is the spreadsheet that lists calculated TEG Need for each institution. Steps for completing the review process is documented within this memo.

 

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Tags: Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) 2018-19 (FY 2019) Need Survey Review Memo, THECB