Stephen F. Austin State University



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Location & Facilities
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Overview

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) is a publically-funded university. Founded as a teachers' college in 1923, the university was named after one of Texas' founding fathers, Stephen F. Austin. Stephen F. Austin University is ranked #71 in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report edition of Best Colleges. Stephen F. Austin is one of four independent public universities in Texas. During the 2007-08 academic years, there were 1,732 degrees awarded. Of those degrees, 1,416 (82%) were undergraduate, 301 were post-graduate (17%), and 15 (1%) were doctoral. Since 2007, Stephen F. Austin has served as the headquarters of the Association for Business Communication. It is also the home of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops, which in 2011 discovered a potential cancer-fighting agent from the extract of giant salvinia, one of the world's most notorious invasive species

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location & Facilities

Stephen F. Austin State University is located in Nacogdoches, Texas, United States. In addition to the main campus which is located on 430 acres, the university maintains a 642-acre (2.60 km2) agricultural research center for beef, poultry, and swine production and an equine center; an observatory for astronomy research, an 1,072-hectare (approximately 2,649-acre) experimental forest in southwestern Nacogdoches County and a 25.3-acre (102,000 m2) forestry field station on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Stephen F. Austin State University is a comprehensive institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, and service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


List of Departments / Schools / Faculty / College

Stephen F. Austin offers more than 120 areas of study, including more than 80 undergraduate majors, nearly 60 graduate degrees, and three doctoral programs. Stephen F. Austin offers classes through six colleges, and houses one of only two schools of forestry in the State of Texas (and the only forestry college in the timber-producing East Texas region).


Courses Offered

Majors and areas of study offered at SFA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Scholarships

Financial aid programs are available to assist families who do not have the financial resources to meet the full cost of attendance. Financial aid is provided through the federal government (the largest provider of aid) as well as state governments, schools, and a variety of other public and private sources.

Grants
Eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

FEDERAL GRANTS
Federal Pell Grant - offered to qualified undergraduates who have not earned a bachelor's degree. Amounts range from $582 - $5,645, annually, based on the estimated family contribution and the number of hours enrolled per semester. The lifetime Pell Grant limit has been reduced to 12 semesters (or its equivalent) beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year. To find out more information regarding major program changes, click on Federal Pell Grant.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) - offered to qualified undergraduates who are Pell grant eligible, and registered in at least six hours.
TEACH Grant - Beginning Fall 2008 a new federal grant program, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant will be available for students majoring in “high-need” fields of study with the intent to teach. This grant provides up to $4000 per year to undergraduate and graduate students who intend to teach in schools that serve students from low-income families.

STATE GRANTS
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) - a state grant for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. Awarded to students who are enrolled for at least six hours per semester and who are Texas residents.
Top 10% Scholarship Program – a state program for undergraduate students. Students must be a Texas resident and graduate from an accredited Texas high school. Students must complete the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement HS curriculum, rank in the top 10% of the HS graduating class and submit the FAFSA or TASFA in time to generate the results in a non-rejected status by March 15. Students must demonstrate financial need, register with the Selective Service, or be exempt, and enroll full time in the fall. 

NOTE: Renewal students have priority funding.
Texas Grant - A state grant awarded to students with financial need (funding awarded to neediest students first) and who enroll full time for the fall. Students must be a Texas resident and graduate of an accredited Texas high school. The FAFSA or TASFA must be submitted by the priority deadline of March 15. Students must register with Selective Service, or be exempt and also meet 2 out of the 4 following areas for priority consideration:

Area

Requirement(s)

 

Advanced Academic Program

12 hours of college credit (dual credit or AP courses), complete the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), or complete the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).

TSI Readiness

Meet the Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) assessment thresholds or qualify for an exemption.

Class Standing

Graduate in the top one/third of the HS graduating class or have a B average.

Advanced Math

Complete at least one math course beyond Algebra II.

If funds remain after all eligible priority students who met the priority deadline have been awarded, the balance of allocated funds can go to those students who met just the basic Texas Grant requirements. NOTE: Renewal students have priority funding.

INSTITUTIONAL GRANTS
Purple Promise – An institutional grant that will cover the remaining balance of any tuition and mandatory fees (for 15 hours) that are not covered by other grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits or waiver programs received by the applicant.
Lumberjack Grant - An institutional grant awarded to both undergraduates and graduates who are Texas residents and enrolled for at least six hours per semester. This grant is created by using institutional funds set aside from tuition and fees and is offered to students with less financial need.
Fund availability will determine if students receive multiple grant awards.

Enrollment Requirements
All financial aid offers are based on full-time enrollment. However, most of the financial aid programs we offer require students to be registered at least half-time. Students considering reducing the number of semester credit hours enrolled should contact our department to determine the effect on scholarship and financial aid eligibility. A reduction in hours may result in an adjustment to the aid offered and may also affect a student's compliance with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. Budget adjustments are made at the beginning of the semester based on the number of hours in which each student is enrolled. Refund checks may therefore be affected by these adjustments. If there are any questions regarding enrollment and the student's financial aid package, contact your financial aid counselor.
Please keep in mind that enrollment status for financial aid purposes may or may not match enrollment status as defined by the Registrar.

Full-Time


Classification

Fall

Spring

Summer

Undergraduate

12

12

12

Graduate

9

9

9

Half-Time


Classification

Fall

Spring

Summer

Undergraduate

6

6

6

Graduate

6

6

6

Note: *Pell Grant/TEACH awards are prorated based on hours enrolled.
Federal Work-study Programs
The Program
The Federal Work-Study Program was established by Congress as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Its purpose is the promotion of part-time employment for students with financial need in order to achieve three main goals:

  1. to assist students in earning money to meet their educational costs
  2. to provide work experience related to the student's chosen academic major or career field
  3. to improve relations between the University and the community.

Work-Study is a federally-subsidized program in which wage costs are shared by the federal government and the university. Because of its federal funding, the Federal Work-Study Program must adhere to strict regulations enacted by Congress and enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.

Relationship with the Financial Assistance Office
Eligibility
Participating in the Work-Study Program is determined by the student's financial need (total cost of attending SFA, minus family contribution) and is awarded as part of a financial aid package. If you are interested in receiving Work-Study in your aid package, please answer "yes" to question #31 on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Earning Limits
When work study is awarded, students are granted a work-study earnings limit. This is the maximum amount which may be earned by the students during the academic year.
A student hired through the Work-Study Program is responsible for monitoring his earnings to ensure compliance with this prescribed limit. Students should therefore arrange their work schedules to avoid either under-earning or prematurely reaching their limits. The student is responsible for earning the entire award that has been calculated into his financial aid package. If the student does not reach his limit and requires the full award to meet his expenses, the balance must be made up through family or other resources.
Students should be aware that their limits may be decreased during the academic year if unanticipated resources (e.g., scholarships) affect their aid packages. Both the student and the employer will be notified if an award is changed. Students should note that if a change in the financial aid package is necessary, it may be possible to decrease the loan amount instead of the earnings limit. If interested in the possibility, students should contact a financial aid counselor for further information.

Work-Study Jobs
Work-Study positions are hourly-wage jobs in which a student works for an employer according to a mutually agreed-upon schedule and is paid by check on a bimonthly basis for the hours worked. The maximum number of hours a student may work per week is 20. Work-Study awards are not grants automatically applied towards one's tuition bill, nor is the amount of the award guaranteed. An award simply authorizes a student to participate in the program and sets a limit as to the amount of income a student can earn during the academic year. It is the responsibility of the student to work enough hours to reach the earnings limit and to budget the money wisely throughout the year to meet necessary college costs.
The Financial Assistance Office is only responsible for awarding Work-Study; we do not place students in jobs, nor can we guarantee a job. This responsibility rests with the student; however, the Human Resources Office will be happy to assist you in your search for a job.
There are many different jobs available through the Work-Study Program ranging from clerical to musical, laboratory to day care. There are many categories from which to choose, varying in areas of interest, degree of difficulty, and wage rate. With such a variety of positions available, it is hoped that students will find jobs which are both interesting and related to their career goals.

Finding a Job
Available job positions on- and off-campus can be found on our employment board, located in the Human Resources office on the second floor of the Austin Building, or by logging onto the HR website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Intake

Fall and Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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