The 80th Texas Legislature created the Top 10 Percent Scholarship to encourage students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class to attend a Texas public institution of higher education. Typically, if funding is available, qualifying students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) by a specific deadline**, have financial need, and enroll fulltime in a Texas public college or university in the fall semester may be eligible to receive an award. Students who submit their FAFSA after this deadline will not be awarded in the next academic year due to limited funding.
Initial Eligibility Requirements (contingent upon available funding):
Be a Texas resident
Be registered with Selective Service or be exempt from registration
Demonstrate financial need (to be determined by the college or university financial aid office)
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to generate the CPS results in a non-rejected status by March 15 or submit the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) to the financial aid office by March 15* ** if ineligible to complete a FAFSA.
Complete Recommended or Distinguished Achievement High School curriculum
Rank in the top 10 percent of the high school graduating class (as of his/her 7th semester or 6th if the college uses that semester for admissions)
Graduate from an accredited high school in Texas
Enroll fulltime in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year College or University in fall through the census date of the semester.
Renewal Eligibility Requirements (contingent upon available funding):
Complete 30 semester credit hours (SCH) in the previous year
Maintain cumulative 3.25 GPA
Complete at least 75% of hours attempted
Year of Need: College Freshman,
Type: Needs Based
Num Awards: Varies
Min Award: Varies
Max Award: Varies
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Division of Student Services 1200 E. Anderson Lane, P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 787112788
Phone: 512-427-6101 / 512-427-6455