Important Dates Summer and Fall 2024




Grants are considered gift aid and do not require repayment unless the student reduces his/her course load, never attends class, quits attending class, or withdraws from school prior to the completion of the semester.  Any repayment due would be calculated in accordance with appropriate regulations governing the particular grant program. Grants are offered based on financial need. There are several types of grants available for students.   

  • Federal Pell Grant (PELL)
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)
  • Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG)

Federal Pell Grant (PELL) 

The Federal Pell Grant is a federal program for undergraduate students obtaining their first bachelor’s degree and is designed to provide eligible students with a foundation of aid to help defray the cost of education. It is always the first program considered for each applicant. Although the Financial Aid Office determines the amount of each student’s Pell Grant, eligibility is determined on the basis of a formula developed by the U.S. Department of Education. The Pell Grant amount depends on the student’s Student Aid Index (SAI), the cost of attendance at VC and the number of hours for which the student is enrolled (full-time, three-quarter time, half-time, less than half-time). A student may be ineligible for a Federal Pell Grant; however, he or she may qualify for other financial assistance. The Federal Pell Grant is to be used solely for educational purposes, which includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, transportation, personal, and miscellaneous expenses.

In order to receive a Pell Grant, the Department of Education must have processed a valid FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS) (which is the result of filing the FAFSA form) with an official SAI while an eligible student is enrolled for the award year. Verification documents (if applicable) must be received and be accurate no later than 120 days after the last date of enrollment or the Department of Education's published deadline, whichever is earlier. To allow for accurate processing, the student must provide any requested documents prior to the deadline. If the student does not complete verification by the deadline, he/she forfeits financial aid for the award year. A student’s duration of Pell eligibility is limited to the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters. 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is offered to first time undergraduate students with the lowest SAI who are also receiving Federal Pell Grants. The applicant must be enrolled at least half-time during the term or terms for which the grant is offered and have financial need greater than the amount of the grant. Amounts are based on the student’s enrollment and are made in accordance with program regulations in date order based on the student's validation complete date until the allocation is depleted.  

Texas Public Educational Grant Program (TPEG)

The TPEG program is funded from tuition paid by credit students attending VC.  The applicant must be enrolled at least half-time during the term or terms for which the grant is offered, have financial need greater than the amount of the grant, and be registered with Selective Service, or be exempt. Amounts are based on the student’s enrollment and are made in accordance with program regulations in date order based on the student's validation complete date until the allocation is depleted.

Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG)  

The TEOG Grant is offered to Texas students in date order based on their validation complete date until allocation is depleted who are enrolled at least half-time. Recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements: have financial need and an SAI that is below the cap as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; are registered with selective service (if required); not been convicted of a felony crime involving a controlled substance; and are not more than 30 days delinquent in the obligated payment of Child Support.

Initial recipients must be enrolled in the first 30 hours of an associate's degree or certificate program and must meet Vernon College's satisfactory academic progress standards. Preference for initial recipients is given to recent Texas public high school graduates who earn a Distinguished Level of Achievement under the Foundation Program. To receive a renewal award through the TEOG program, a student must be enrolled at least half-time as a student who previously received a TEOG offer, and have not been granted an associate's degree or baccalaureate degree. Continuing renewal eligibility requires the student to have a financial aid cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and a 75% successful completion rate in his/her most recent academic year. The maximum time frame for receiving the grant is the first of: 4 years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first offer through the program; 75 semester credit hours attempted while receiving the grant; or completion of an associate's degree. 

The maximum TEOG Grant is determined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In order for eligible recipients to receive a renewal offer, they must complete their financial aid file by the published TEOG deadline. Students who fail to meet this deadline cannot be guaranteed a renewal offer.



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  • Vernon Campus
    4400 College Drive
    Vernon, TX 76384
  • Century City Center
    4105 Maplewood
    Wichita Falls, TX 76308
  • Skills Training Center
    2813 Central Expressway East
    Wichita Falls, TX 76302
1970 marked the beginning of Vernon College. Throughout this decade the College continued to grow and more students enrolled in both on- and off-campus courses. On January 20, 1970, a majority of the citizens of Wilbarger County voted to create the Wilbarger County Junior College District. Following that decision, Vernon Regional Junior College was established and on April 9, 1970, the newly elected Board of Trustees appointed Dr. David L. Norton as the College’s first president. Campus construction began in May 1971, and included an Academic Science Center, Administration-Fine Arts Center, Applied Arts Center, Library, and Student Center. The following year, on September 5, 1972, classes met for the first time on the Vernon campus with a total of 608 students. On August 1, 1974, Dr. Jim M. Williams became the College’s second president. In the fall semester of that year, combined on- and off-campus enrollment exceeded 800 students. During the 1975-76 academic year, the College expanded its services to include a learning center on Sheppard Air Force Base. During this year, enrollment in credit courses, both on- and off-campus, rose to a level of 1,199. The scope of the Vocational Nursing Program was enlarged during the 1976-77 academic year with the assumption of the Bethania School of Vocational Nursing in Wichita Falls. In August 1976 the Physical Education Center was dedicated in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. King longtime benefactors of Vernon College. Growth and changes continued during the 1980s. In August 1980 a Student Residence Center, designed to house 128 students, opened for occupancy. Further expansion of program offerings in the Wichita Falls area was accomplished through absorption of an existing proprietary school that was renamed the Vernon College Technical Center and the integration of the nursing program from the Wichita Falls Independent School District. On March 22, 1982, Dr. Joe Mills took over the leadership of the College as the third president. That fall, the College fielded its first intercollegiate rodeo team. During 1983-84, the Department of Cosmetology and the Career Development Center (previously known as the North Texas Skills Center) were established in Wichita Falls. On the Vernon campus, the Chaparral Center was completed, and the Pease River farm purchased through a state land trade. The following academic year, 1984-85, Vernon College reached a record credit enrollment of 1,863 and a record continuing education enrollment of 7,056 registrations. A Vocational Nursing Program opened in Seymour, and the Board of Trustees established a college foundation and approved an agreement to allow construction of the Red River Valley Museum on the Vernon campus. In February 1987 the College played its first intercollegiate baseball game on the Vernon campus. During May of that year, the new Natatorium was opened in the King Physical Education Center. A newly constructed Athletic Dormitory opened to house 28 athletes in August 1988. In October, Trustees voted to add women’s volleyball as a varsity sport, effective with the fall 1989 semester. In May 1989 Vernon College moved all Wichita Falls programs to one centralized location—Century City Center. Since the College opened its doors 38 years ago, many individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations have made an investment in our students through the creation of endowed and annual scholarships. As of this year, more than 100 scholarship funds are available to help students pursue their educational dreams.VERNON COLLEGE PHILOSOPHY: Vernon College is a constantly evolving institution, dedicated primarily to effective teaching and regional enhancement. With this dedication to teaching and to the community, the College encourages open inquiry, personal and social responsibility, critical thinking, and life-long learning for students, faculty, and other individuals within its service area. The College takes as its guiding educational principle the proposition that, insofar as available resources permit, instruction should be adapted to student needs. This principle requires both flexibility in instructional strategies and maintenance of high academic standards. Strong programs of assessment and accountability complement this educational principle. VC accepts the charge of providing a college atmosphere free of bias, in which students can exercise initiative and personal judgment, leading to a greater awareness of personal self-worth. It strives to provide every student with opportunities to develop the tools necessary to become a contributing, productive member of society. Vision VERNON COLLEGE VISION: Vernon College will promote a culture of success for our students and communities through learner-centered quality instructional programs and exemplary services. Values VERNON COLLEGE VALUES: Vernon College promotes a culture of success through our shared values and commitment to: Accessibility Accountability Building Relationships Diversity Inclusion Innovation Leadership Quality Student Success Teamwork Our values define who we are and guide us in conducting our business every day. Our values are our morals – what is important to us at our college. Mission VERNON COLLEGE MISSION The mission of Vernon College is teaching, learning, and leading. Vernon College is a comprehensive community college that integrates education with opportunity through our instructional programs and student support services by means of traditional and distance learning modes. Therefore, to fulfill its mission, the College will provide access, within its available resources, to: Career technical/workforce programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates; Career technical/workforce programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations; Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees; Ongoing adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment; Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students; ; A continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals; Career technical/workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs; Support services for educational programs and college-related activities; Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and Other To help prospective and current students, faculty, and staff locate important information about Vernon College, this webpage provides links to helpful information on a variety of government mandated and consumer information. Examples are academic programs, cost of attendance, financial aid, safety and security, and institutional financial reports. Vernon College’s presentation of this information complies with the Higher Education Act, as amended, and implementing regulations.