Students Meet With State Reps About Impact of Tuition Equalization Grant

April 3, 2019

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On March 22nd, Esmeralda, Benitez, Elijah Hatfield, Kristin Hayter, Monique Sierra and Jose Torres-Luna accompanied Associate Dean Kyle Wych to Austin for a conversation with the students’ state representatives and senators about the Texas Equalization Grant (TEG). The TEG provides grant aid to eligible students with financial need to enable them to attend private, nonprofit colleges or universities in Texas. During the spring 2019 semester, 598 TLU students received this grant as part of their financial aid package. To qualify for TEG funding, a student must:

  • Be a qualified Texas resident meeting the conditions for paying public Texas resident tuition;
  • Establish financial need as required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
  • Be enrolled at least three-quarter time at an approved Texas independent institution of higher education;
  • Earn 24 semester credit-hours per year while maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA; and
  • Not receive any form of athletic scholarship while receiving TEG.

According to Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT),  in 2015, 27,314 Texas students received $96.2 million in TEG funding. That same year, 59% of TEG recipients also received Federal Pell Grants. Pell Grant recipients demonstrate the most financial need in higher education. TEG recipients broadly represent the racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic diversity of Texas.

The students also met with a member of Texas House District 44 John Kuempel, who serves TLU, and Luis Moreno, TLU graduate and Chief of Staff for Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa. In addition to these two offices, each student stopped by their own Texas House and Senate District to talk with a member of the staff and tell their story about what TEG has done for our students. 

While at the Capital, they heard from ICUT members Ray Martinez and Elizabeth Puthoff. ICUT is a nonprofit association, is the voice for Texas' fully accredited private colleges and universities. For over 50 years, it has fulfilled its mission of helping policymakers recognize the importance and value of the independent sector of higher education by successfully articulating the sector's needs and aspirations.They reported some good news that both the House and Senate currently are looking to increase TEG funding for the next budget cycle.

Pictured above L-R: Elijah Hatfield, Monique Sierra, Kristin Hayter, Jose Torres-Luna, and Esmeralda Benitez

L-R: Monique Sierra, Elijah Hatfield, Jose Torres-Luna, Kristin Hayter, and Esmeralda Benitez

L-R: Jose Torres-Luna, Kristin Hayter, Monique Sierra, Esmeralda Benitez, and Elijah Hatfield

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