programs Minnie Stevens Piper Compendium

Abbreviations Used in the Compendium

Abbrev. Program
ACT American College Testing Program
ACG Academic Competitiveness Grant
BYRD Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
CAL College Access Loan (HHCSLP)
CLEP College-Level Examination Program
COA Cost of Attendance
EFC Expected Family Contribution
EHS Early High School Graduation Scholarship
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FDSLP Federal Direct Student Loan Program (also William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program)
PLUS Federal Parent Loan Program for Undergraduate Students
Pell Grant Federal grant program named after Senator Pell
Perkins Loan Federal Perkins Loan
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
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
TCWSP Texas College Work-Study Program
TEG/LEAP Tuition Equalization Grant/LEAP
THEA Texas Higher Education Assessment
TEACH Texas Higher Education Assessment (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program)
TEOG Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program
TEXAS Toward EXcellence, Access & Success Grant
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 already earned)

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