programs Education

Abbreviations Used in the Compendium

Abbrev. Program or Description
ACT American College Testing Program
ACG Academic Competitiveness Grant
CAL College Access Loan
CLEP College-Level Examination Program
CLT Classic Learning Test
COA Cost of Attendance
CR+M Critical Reading + Math (Old SAT section scores)
EFC Expected Family Contribution
EHS Early High School Graduation Scholarship
ERW+M Evidence Based Reading, Writing + Math   (Revised SAT section scores)
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FDSLP Federal Direct Student Loan Program (also William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program)
FFEL Federal Family Education Loan Program
FSEOG Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
FWS Federal Work-Study Program
GED General Educational Development Test
GPA Grade Point Average
HELP Health Education Loan Program
HHCSLP Hinson-Hazlewood College Student Loan Program
IASG Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
IB International Bacculaureate
LEAP Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program
LPI Licence Plate Insignia Scholarship
ORSRP Outstanding Rural Scholar Recognition Program
PNRS Professional Nursing Scholarships
PSAT/NMSQT Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
PSIG Texas Public Student Incentive Grant
SAR Student Aid Report (generated from FAFSA application)
SASE Self Addressed, Stamped Envelope
SAT® Scholastic Assessment Test
SDS Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
SLEAP Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program
SMART National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant
SNS State Nursing Scholarship
SSIG State Student Incentive Grant
TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
TASP Texas Academic Skills Program
TASSP Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program
TCWSP Texas College Work-Study Program
TEACH Texas Higher Education Assessment (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education)
TEG/LEAP Tuition Equalization Grant/LEAP
TEOG Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program
TEXAS Toward EXcellence, Access & Success Grant
THEA Texas Higher Education Assessment
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
TPEG Texas Public Education Grant
TSI Texas Success Initiative
VA Veterans Assistance (Chapter 35 Educational Benefits for Dependents)
VNRS Vocational Nursing Scholarships

Key to college descriptions

  • (Junior, Public) = 2 year college
  • (Junior, Level II, Public) = 2 year college offering limited baccalaureate programs
  • (Senior, Public) = 4 year college/university
  • (Upper Level, Public) = 3rd and 4th year college/university (to enroll, usually requires over 50 semester hours previously earned)

NOTE: Before continuing into the list of financial aid sources, you may wish at this time to carefully read:

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