Graduate Student Aid

Financial aid is available for students who already hold a bachelor's degree. Students in any post bachelor's program must be enrolled in at least 6 hours to be eligible for financial aid.

Texas Graduate Tuition Set-Aside Grant Programs for Master’s and Doctoral Students

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM FOR 2017-2018 AWARDS HAS NOT KEPT PACE WITH THE GROWING NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE STUDENTS.  AWARDS ARE PREDICATED ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING.  WE WILL KEEP THIS PAGE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.  

These grants are available for Texas residents and have limited funding. Eligibility is based on financial aid need as determined by completion of the FAFSA. Awards vary based on funding levels for the academic year and student’s financial need.  The student must be enrolled in no less than 6 graduate credit hours. Early application is recommended.

Students pursuing a Master’s Degree

The Grant may pay up to $1,000 per semester, provided all eligibility is met each year, for up to 2 years or graduation, whichever comes first.

Students pursuing a Master’s Degree in a STEM field

The Grant may pay up to $1,500 per semester, provided all eligibility is met each year, for up to 2 years or graduation, whichever comes first.

Students pursuing a Doctoral Degree

The Grant may pay up to $1,500 per semester, provided all eligibility is met each year, for up to 4 years or graduation, whichever comes first.

Eligibility

  • Texas Resident
  • Fully or conditionally admitted to the Graduate School
  • Pursuing a degree, Master's or Doctoral
  • Financial need as determined by completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Must be enrolled in 6 credit hours each long semester and summer session(s)
  • Students must meet Financial Aid Standards of Progress requiring 3.0 GPA for each semester and institutional cumulative GPA.
  • This grant is renewable provided a FAFSA is completed each academic year, financial need is demonstrated each year and Financial Aid Standards of Progress are met at the end of each payment period.
  • Funds are limited and will be awarded on a 1st come-first served basis after all financial aid requirements are met.

Other helpful hints for students looking to receive financial aid

Graduate students (Masters, Doctoral)

  • Must be fully admitted into an eligible program. Provisional admitted students are not eligible.
  • Contact the Graduate School to confirm full admission

Certification

  • Students must submit a copy of their Certification/Deficiency Plan to the financial aid office. (Non-degree programs not eligible).
  • Students in these programs may have limited loan eligibility due to loans borrowed to complete their undergraduate degree(s).
  • Certification students should contact the Graduate school and/or the Certification office to confirm full admission.
  • Pell grants are not available for certification students at A&M-Commerce.

2nd Bachelors Degree

  • Students must contact Undergraduate admissions to confirm full admission.
  • Students in these programs may have limited loan eligibility due to loans borrowed to complete their undergraduate degree(s).

GRE Fee Reduction Certificate

Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), makes available to colleges and universities yearly, a limited supply of fee reduction certificates for the GRE, based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Individuals meeting the eligibility requirements will be required to pay 50 percent of the full test fee. 

General eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien who is a college senior or an unerolled college graduate.

College seniors must be:

  • receiving financial aid through an undergraduate college in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, and
  • a dependent, who has a FAFSA that shows parental contribution (EFC) of no more than $2,500 for the senior year, or
  • self-supporting and has a FAFSA that shows a contribution (EFC) of no more than $3,000 for the senior year.

Unenrolled college graduates must:

  • have applied for financial aid, and
  • have a FAFSA that indicates self-supporting status and a contribution of no more than $3,000.

To apply for a GRE Fee Reduction Certificate:

The ETS GRE Fee Waiver process has changed. Schools are no longer directly involved as in years past. The student interested in applying for a GRE Fee Reduction Waiver will need to complete the Reduction Waiver and attach a copy of the 18-19 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).

To view more information on the GRE test or GRE Fee Reduction Certificate click here.