Navigating Financial Aid at Tarleton State, Midlothian Higher Education Center

Navigating Financial Aid at Tarleton State in Midlothian Higher Education Center

Oftentimes, the first step to determining whether or not going back to school is possible, is answering the question: Is it affordable? Despite finding the flexibility at work, time during the day or night classes, or finding the right degree path, finding an affordable option may be the most important factor.

We’re here to make the process of navigating the paperwork, regulations, and funding options at manageable. At Midlothian Higher Education Center, our partners at Navarro College and Tarleton State have a variety of grants, loans, and scholarships available to students.


According to Ms. Nancy Perez, Tarleton State, financial aid counselor:

Should I fill out the FAFSA?

Yes, you won’t receive any aid if you don’t apply for.

What’s the best advice a financial counselor could share?

Students tend to over borrow student loans. Take out the amount that you NEED for school to avoid an intimidating debt after school.

What are the most common financial aid options student apply for?

Scholarships. I have some students who don’t apply for scholarships because they think they won’t receive anything. I always respond, “You won’t receive scholarship money if you don’t apply for it.”

What’s one of the best underrated opportunities for financial aid?

The Tuition Rebate programs that employers may offer. Ask your boss or HR rep about it! Local scholarships are also great opportunities that vary at each school.

What’s the most valuable aspect of MHEC’s financial aid?

Face-to-face time. I am in Midlothian on Wednesdays. Students can set up appointment to meet with me here, and do not have to drive to Stephenville.

What determines how much financial aid I’m allotted?

According to Federal Student Aid, the financial aid staff starts by deciding upon your cost of attendance (COA) at that school.

  • They then consider your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • They subtract your EFC from your COA to determine the amount of your financial need and therefore how much need-based aid you can get.
  • To determine how much non-need-based aid you can get, the school takes your cost of attendance and subtracts any financial aid you’ve already been awarded.


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Tarleton State Financial Aid Options

Federal Pell Grant

Unlike a loan, Federal Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. These usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. The amount of Pell Grant that you receive is based on the number of hours you are currently taking.

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SFEOG)

In order to receive the SFEOG grant, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), in order to determine how much financial need you have. Students who receive Federal Pell Grants and have the most financial need will receive FSEOGs first.  At TSU, students with zero effective family contributions (EFC) receive priority consideration for FSEOG.

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Toward Excellence, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant

The TEXAS Grant is gift aid awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and have completed an advanced curriculum in high school. See details link for eligibility:

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Texan Tuition Guarantee (TTG)

The Texan Tuition Guarantee is a needs-based program that can pay tuition and fees for undergraduate students who meet specific initial and continuing eligibility criteria. Students can potentially receive TTG for up to 8 consecutive, long semesters.

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Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

If your parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11, you may be eligible for an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. To learn more about the specificity of eligibility, see details link.  

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Texas Public Assistance Grant (TPEG)

Texas Public Assistance Grant is a needs-based grant supported by the state of Texas; however Tarleton State University determines the student awarding priorities. To be considered, students must: ( 1 ) File the FAFSA annually and ( 2 ) be registered with Selective Service unless exempt.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH)

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at a school(s) that serve students from low-income families.

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First understanding what options are available will give ease to going back to school. Your MHEC resources are always available, so feel free to reach out to the Financial Aid counselors with any concerns or questions—that’s what they’re there.

Tarleton State University:

Nancy Perez |