Eagle Promise Program

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Spring 2019 high school graduates who live in the Houston Community College’s taxing district may qualify to earn an eligible degree or certificate free through the Eagle Promise Program!

HCC's PROMISE 
If qualifying students' federal and state grants and scholarships don’t cover the cost of an eligible degree or certificate at HCC, Eagle Promise scholarship dollars will.

Through the HCC Eagle Promise Program, qualifying students' tuition, fees and a book allowance of up to  $500 are covered each semester! Eagle Promise students will also receive:

  • Support from financial coaches to help them complete their degree or certificate program debt free.
  • Priority registration beginning the second semester of attendance.
  • Academic, career and transfer counseling to help them reach their career and educational goals.
  • Access to activities, support services and events to help them finish strong.

 

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Steps to Apply

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Review Eagle Promise qualifications below.

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Submit a Houston Community College admissions application.

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Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Undocumented students who are eligible for state financial aid funds should submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) – not the FAFSA.

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Complete Eagle Promise application and commitment form.

Qualifications

High School Requirements

  • Graduate high school in Spring 2019.
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.0 or higher. 

 

Residency Requirements

  • Be a Texas resident who resides in an HCC taxing district. 
  • Once you apply to HCC, your residency will determine if you are an in-district student who resides in an HCC taxing district. Students must apply for admissions to HCC before Eagle Promise Program Application can be processed. If you haven't applied, please visit hccs.edu/apply.

 

Financial Aid and Financial Need Requirements

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Undocumented students who are eligible for state financial aid funds should submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) – not the FAFSA.
  • Complete all requested forms and documents for financial aid. 
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $10,000. Your EFC is not the amount of money you or your family will have to pay for college, nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number determined by a federal formula that schools use to calculate how much financial aid you are eligible to receive.  Please check your Student Aid Report (SAR) to view your EFC. After filling out the FAFSA, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access an online copy of your SAR. Your EFC will display in the upper right-hand corner of your SAR. Click here for a quick video about the EFC. 

 

Credit Hours and Degree Requirements

  • Start classes for an eligible program the Fall semester after high school. All associate degree programs (AA, AS, AAT ans AAS) and certificate programs over 30 credit hours are eligible.
  • Enroll in at least 9 semester credit hours each semester by the Official Enrollment date.
  • Commit to complete an eligible certificate or degree program within 3-5 years at HCC. All associate degree programs (AA, AS, AAT ans AAS) and certificate programs over 30 credit hours are eligible.

 

Student Success Requirements

  • Attend academic advising session once a semester.
  • Attend financial coaching session once a year.

 

Requirements to Stay in Program

Credit Hours and Degree Requirements

  • Enroll in 9 or more credits by September 30, 2019 for the fall semester, and ensure that you enroll in 9 or more credits each fall and spring semester.
  • Attend fall and spring semesters, take 9 or more credits each semester, and have no breaks in enrollment until degree is completed (summer not counted as break). If you take a break from classes, the HCC Eagle Promise program will no longer be available. However, you can continue applying and receiving federal and state financial aid assistance as long as I meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and meet all other eligibility requirements. 
  • Remain in an eligible degree program. All associate degree programs (AA, AS, AAT ans AAS) and certificate programs over 30 credit hours are eligible.

 

Academic Requirements

  • Maintain an HCC cumulative grade point average of 2.3 or higher*Any dual credit courses will be included in your cumulative GPA at HCC. 
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress at the end of each semester.

 

Financial Aid and Financial Need Requirements

  • Complete the FAFSA or TASFA application each year and submit all required paperwork. *Undocumented students who are eligible for state financial aid funds should submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) – not the FAFSA.

 

Advising and Student Success Requirements

  • Attend academic advising session once a semester.
  • Attend financial coaching session once a year.
  • Adhere to all college policies related to academic progress, financial aid and other requirements.
  • Abide by the attendance requirement of the college and its instructors, understanding that there are consequences for excessive absences and class tardiness.

 

Residency

Continue residing in HCC taxing district. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Eagle Promise Program make earning a degree at HCC free?

If your federal and state grants and scholarships don’t cover the cost of an eligible degree or certificate at HCC, Eagle Promise scholarship dollars will. Through the HCC Eagle Promise Program, your tuition, fees and a book allowance of up to $500 are covered each semester!

 

How do I know if I am in-district?

Once you apply to HCC, your residency will determine if you are an in-district student who resides in an HCC taxing district.

 

Is there a deadline to apply?

During peak times, it takes up to four weeks to process a financial aid award. The Eagle Promise program requires that you submit a FAFSA or TASFA, so students must allow enough time for processing of their application.

 

What are eligible degree and certificate programs?

All associate degree programs (AA, AS, AAT ans AAS) and certificate programs over 30 credit hours are eligible.

 

How do I know I qualify?

Once you submit an Eagle Promise application, the financial aid department will communicate with you by using the email provided on your FAFSA or TAFSA application.

 

Will this cover Summer and Mini-sessions?

Yes, Eagle Promise Scholarship will cover your Summer or Mini-session courses. However, you are not required to take courses during Summer or Mini-sessions.

 

What if I'm a Spring 2019 high school graduate who had dual credit courses?

Spring 2019 high school graduates who took dual credit courses are eligible, if they meet the other requirements. 

If you qualify for the program, you must maintain a 2.3 cumulative GPAYour dual credit courses will be included in your cumulative GPA at HCC. 

 

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