Top 10 Percent Scholarship

This need-based scholarship is awarded to students who met the following criteria:

  • have graduated from an accredited high school in Texas while ranked in the top 10 percent of his or her graduating class (based on the student's ranking at the end of his or her seventh semester unless an institution of higher education uses a different semester in determining eligibility for admissions),
  • have completed the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement High School Program in an accredited high school or its equivalent,
  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15th,
  • have unmet financial need when using the formula "Cost of Attendance minus EFC minus Pell Grants,"
  • enroll in an institution of higher education in Texas the fall semester immediately following high school graduation,
  • are a Texas resident, and
  • are enrolled full-time.

Award amounts through this program may not exceed $600 unless the student is classified as a junior or senior at a public institution in Texas with a declared major in a shortage field and meets the satisfactory academic progress requirements listed below. The student may then be eligible for a bonus of $2,000 if funds are available. The total award amount for students with declared majors in shortage fields may not exceed $4,000.

If funds are available, students may receive continuation awards if they meet the following:

  • complete at least 75 percent of the hours attempted in his or her most recent twelve-month academic year, as determined by institutional policies,
  • complete at least 30 semester credit hours in his or her most recent twelve-month academic year, and
  • maintain an overall grade-point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent for all coursework completed at his or her current institution of higher education. 

A recipient who does not meet the academic progress requirements of his or her institution may not receive an award until the institution has determined that the student has raised his or her academic performance and program requirements have been met.

For students with declared majors in shortage area at the end of the sophomore and junior year, each recipient of the Top 10 Percent Scholarship must meet the following progress requirements to qualify for a subsequent award if funds are available.

  • complete at least 75 percent of the hours attempted in his or her most recent twelve-month academic year, as determined by institutional policies,
  • complete at least 30 semester hours in his or her most recent twelve-month academic year, and
  • maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent for all coursework completed at his or her current institution of higher education.

A recipient who does not meet the academic progress requirement may not receive an award until the institution has determined by the student has raised his or her academic performance and program requirements have been met.

A grant recipient who is below program grade-point average requirements as of the end of a spring or summer term may appeal his or her grade-point average calculation if he or she has taken courses previously at one or more different institutions. In the case of  an appeal, the current institution (if presented with transcripts from the previous institutions) will calculate an overall grade-point average, counting all classes and grade points previously earned. If the resulting grade-point average exceeds the program's academic progress requirement, a student may receive an award in the following fall term.

Unless granted a hardship postponement in accordance with Program rules, a student's eligibility for a Top 10 Percent Scholarship award ends four years from the start of the semester or term in which the student received his or her first disbursement of an initial Top 10 Percent award.

In the event of a hardship or for other good cause, the program officer at an eligible institution may allow an otherwise eligible person to receive a Top 10 Percent Scholarship award while the student's grade-point average or completion rate or number of completed hours falls below the satisfactory academic progress requirements of Subsection 22.201(a) or (b) of this Section. Such conditions are not limited to, but include:

  • a showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student's academic performance,
  • an indication that the student is responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person and that the student's provision of care may affect his or her academic performance, or
  • the requirement of fewer than twelve hours to complete one's degree plan.