PVAMU Panther Promise Program


Prairie View A&M University has a long history of providing access to residents of the State of Texas, regardless of the economic means of their families. The University is committed to ensuring that students can afford to choose Prairie View A&M University.  Prairie View A&M University has committed 100% of its available resources to cover fall and spring mandatory in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate Texas residents who have an annual family income of $60,000 or less. This commitment is known as the “Panther Promise.”The Panther Promise is designed to reassure academically talented students from low- and middle-income families in Texas who may not feel that a university education is possible. The Panther Promise expands upon an already robust aid program that awards more than $110 million dollars in student financial assistance.

To be eligible for the Panther Promise, students must:

    • be a Texas resident
    • be an undergraduate student starting enrollment at PVAMU in the Fall semester
    • submit all required verification documents by the verification deadline
    • meet all PVAMU admission requirements
    • meet eligibility requirements for a Federal Pell Grant
    • enroll and complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours (SCH) per semester
    • maintain satisfactory academic progress
    • have a family income of $30,000 or less. In some cases, family size will increase this amount
    • student must be degree seeking

To continue to be eligible for the Panther Promise, students must:

  • have a family adjusted gross income of $30,000 or less
  • must have a complete financial aid file by the University’s priority deadline, March 15th
  • maintain Federal Pell Grant eligibility
  • maintain a minimum of 2.50 GPA in all semesters of eligibility
  • enroll in a minimum of 15 semester credit hours per eligible semester Students that choose to enroll in greater than 15 hours will be expected to pay the difference in the amount owed
  • have completed a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in the previous eligible semester (Transfer Renewals) or 30 semester credit hours in the preceding academic year
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • eligibility is for a period of eight (8) consecutive semesters at the undergraduate level only (the Panther Promise is not available during the summer terms)
  • if the student meets all of the criteria, hardship situations may be considered on an individual basis. Hardship situations include a showing of severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the person’s academic performance or that the person is responsible for the care of a sick, injured, needy person and that the person’s provision of care may affect the person’s academic performance to receive the Panther Promise Award: (1) while enrolled in a number of semester credit hours less than the number required for eligibility; (2) if the student’s grade point average or the student’s completion rate or number of semester credit hours completed, as applicable, falls below the satisfactory academic progress requirements for initial or continuing eligibility, or (3) if the student fails to enroll in consecutive semesters

Students who apply for financial aid after March 15 and meet the aforementioned conditions, will be awarded grant assistance on the basis of available funds. Students may be eligible for additional funds through loans and the Federal Work-Study program to cover additional educational expenses such as textbooks, lab fees, as well as, room and board.

Students who do not meet the economic qualifications for the Panther Promise may instead qualify for other grant and scholarship programs at Prairie View A&M University that are based on academic performance. Please review our Scholarship web page, http://www.pvamu.edu/scholarships, for more details about these funding opportunities.

Important to Know

  • Students must reapply for financial aid and scholarships each year.
  • Funds awarded for the Panther Promise will only cover up to the calculated financial need and may be reduced if the student receives private scholarships or other privately funded resources.
  • In accordance with NCAA Bylaws, current and prospective student-athletes will be awarded on an individual basis. In some cases, certain forms of financial assistance may not be accepted or awarded.


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