More changes on the way for Texas financial aid

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The changes brought on the state’s B-On-Time Loan Program aren’t the only waves coming for state financial aid.

Beginning in fall 2014, students at community colleges and other two-year institutions will not be eligible for the TEXAS grant program, a state financial aid program for students whose families contribute $4,000 or less to their attendance. The policy is a result of SB 215, by state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, passed during the regular session of the Texas Legislature this spring. 

This may mean that UT and other four-year state universities will receive more funding for transfer students and other groups in the future. In the meantime, the Texas Higher Educating Coordinating Board has also been directed to look at the possibility of creating a state financial aid program for online colleges.

The state already partners with Western Governors College, a Utah-based university, to provide online courses in nursing, information technology and teaching certification to Texas residents.