Designated Tuition Set Aside

Senate Bill 1304, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature, directs institutions of higher education to provide notices to students (Texas Education Code, Section  56.014 Notice to Students Regarding Tuition Set Aside for Financial Assistance) who pay designated tuition of the amount of the tuition that is set aside for financial assistance.  Therefore, Prairie View A&M University is required by law (Texas Education Code, Sections 56.011, 56.012, and 56.465) to set aside a certain portion of a student’s tuition for financial assistance programs.

  • Notifications are sent to students each semester they are enrolled via e-mail after the 20th class day for Fall and Spring terms and the 15th class day for Summer terms.
  • The set aside does not affect your student financial aid and it does not guarantee that you will personally receive financial assistance.  The financial assistance that you receive is determined by the information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Examples of the Financial Assistance Programs funded from tuition set asides are:

  1. Grants
  2. Scholarships
  3. Texas B-On-Time Student Loan Program
  4. Work-Study Programs
  5. Student Loans
  6. Student Loan Repayment Assistance
  7. For more information on the scholarship programs visit http://www.pvamu.edu/pages/5693.asp.
  8. For steps on how to apply/ receive Financial Aid please visit http://www.pvamu.edu/pages/1630.asp.
  9. If you have specific questions regarding financial aid eligibility please contact your financial aid counselor
  10. If you have any questions regarding the Texas Education Codes laws you may contact your local state representative by clicking the link below to obtain their contact information.

http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/

Set Aside Calculations

The charts below are a guide to assist the student enrolled in knowing the amount that is set aside for each resident student according to their level of enrollment and term registered.  The amount set aside is based on the number of hours a student is registered for in that term:

Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 Resident Designated Tuition Set Aside Chart:

Undergraduate

Graduate/Doctoral

Hours Registered

Amount Set Aside

Amount Set Aside

A*

B*

1

$16.75

$12.57

2

$33.51

$25.13

3

$50.26

$37.70

4

$67.02

$50.26

5

$83.77

$62.83

6

$100.52

$75.39

7

$117.28

$87.96

8

$134.03

$100.52

9

$150.79

$113.09

10

$167.54

$125.66

11

$184.29

$138.22

12

$201.05

$150.79

13

$217.80

$163.35

14

$234.56

$175.92

15

$251.31

$188.48

16

$268.06

$201.05

17

$284.82

$213.61

18

$301.57

$226.18

19

$318.33

$238.74

20

$335.08

$251.31

21

$351.83

$263.88

*References:

  1. Texas Education Code 56.011 states: “Sec. 56.011.  RESIDENT UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANCE.  (a)  The governing board of each institution of higher education shall cause to be set aside not less than 20 percent of any amount of tuition charged to a resident undergraduate student under Section 54.0513 in excess of $46 per semester credit hour.  The funds set aside under this section by an institution shall be used to provide financial assistance for resident undergraduate students enrolled in the institution. (b)  To be eligible for assistance under this section, a student must establish financial need in accordance with rules and procedures established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Priority shall be given to students who meet the coordinating board definition of financial need and whose cost for tuition and required fees is not met through other non-loan financial assistance programs. (c)  The financial assistance provided under this section may include grants, scholarships, work-study programs, student loans, and student loan repayment assistance.”
  2. Texas Education Code 56.012 states: “Sec. 56.012.  RESIDENT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANCE.  (a)  The governing board of each institution of higher education shall cause to be set aside not less than 15 percent of any amount of tuition charged to a resident student enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program under Section 54.0513 in excess of $46 per semester credit hour.  The funds set aside under this section by an institution shall be used to provide financial assistance for resident students enrolled in graduate and professional degree programs at the institution. (b)  To be eligible for assistance under this section, a student must establish financial need in accordance with rules and procedures established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Priority shall be given to students who meet the coordinating board definition of financial need and whose cost for tuition and required fees is not met through other non-loan financial assistance programs. (c)  The financial assistance provided under this section may include grants, scholarships, work-study programs, student loans, and student loan repayment assistance.”
  3. Texas Education Code 56.465 states: “Sec. 56.465.  TUITION SET ASIDE FOR PROGRAM.  (a)  The governing board of each institution of higher education shall cause to be set aside five percent of the amount of the tuition charged to a resident undergraduate student at the institution under Section 54.0513 in excess of $46 per semester credit hour.  The amount of a student’s tuition set aside under this subsection is considered a part of the amount required to be set aside from that tuition under Section 56.011. (b)  The amount of tuition set aside under Subsection (a) shall be deposited to the credit of the Texas B-On-time student loan account established under Section 56.463 or to the interest and sinking fund established by the coordinating board under Section 52.91(b) in accordance with the resolution of the board establishing such fund.”
  4. Texas Education Code 56.014 states: Sec. 56.014.  NOTICE TO STUDENTS REGARDING TUITION SET ASIDE FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.  (a)  An institution of higher education that is required by this subchapter to set aside a portion of a student’s tuition payments to provide financial assistance for students enrolled in the institution shall provide to each student of the institution who pays tuition from which a portion is required to be set aside for that purpose a notice regarding the specific amount that is required to be set aside by the institution.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is tuition set aside?

Tuition set aside is a portion of the tuition paid by resident students (those classified as citizens of the State of Texas), “set aside” and dedicated to provide need-based financial aid to students.

Why are these funds being set aside?

The university is required by law to set aside a portion of tuition charged to a resident student.  See Texas Education Code Sections 56.011 and 56.012

How much of my tuition is set aside?

Twenty percent (20%) per credit hour of designated tuition in excess of $46.00 per credit hour for an undergraduate resident and fifteen percent (15%) per credit hour of designated tuition in excess of $46.00 per credit hour for a graduate resident are set aside. See Texas Education Code Sections 56.011 and 56.012.

Is the same amount set aside from everyone’s tuition?

The amount set aside from a particular student’s tuition varies, based on the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled and the student’s enrollment level.

Am I being charged extra?

No, by state law, the University is required to put a portion of the tuition that state residents pay into a fund to support financial aid to students. The amount for each student is determined by detailed calculations based on specific credit hour enrollments. The amount being set aside for this fund does not require any students to pay any additional cost for tuition and fees.

How is this money used? Can I use it?

The financial assistance provided by these funds includes grants, scholarships, work-study programs, student loans, and student loan repayment assistance.  To be eligible for assistance, a student must establish financial need in accordance with rules and procedures established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Priority shall be given to students who meet the coordinating board definition of financial need and whose cost for tuition and required fees is not met through other non-loan financial assistance program.  In order to be considered for need based aid, the student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  For steps on how to apply/ receive Financial Aid please visit http://www.pvamu.edu/pages/1630.asp

Will this affect my financial aid?

No, tuition set aside does not affect your aid nor does it guarantee that you will receive aid.  Aid will still be determined on a case by case basis and is based on your FAFSA and aid eligibility as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

 

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