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Texas launches two new programs for graduating seniors

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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Back to school is just around the corner and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has new opportunities for Texas families to save on college costs. 


Two new exciting programs top the list for this fall – Texas First Diploma and the Texas Leadership Scholars.


With the Texas First Diploma program, our state’s top students can accelerate their path to Texas universities. Eligible students can graduate early and receive a scholarship for one or two semesters of tuition, fees, and other costs toward their first year at a participating Texas university.


Students eligible for the Texas First Diploma must demonstrate the following:  

  • Texas residency    
  • FAFSA or TASFA completion    
  • At least 22 high school credits and a final GPA equivalent to 3.0 or higher   
  • Additional academic requirements, including college readiness test scores, STAAR exam participation, and demonstration of mastery in various subjects 


The Texas Leadership Scholars program is a premier new opportunity for our Texas students. The program gives high-achieving students a free ride to a top Texas university while providing a peer network, mentoring, and other opportunities to help them unlock their potential. The program is open to just 250 students each year and parents can learn more about the nomination process through their school counselor.   


Selected students will join a group of peer scholars who have access to: 

  • Peer and professional networks and mentors
  • Leadership development
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research
  • Essential skill-building for resume writing, social media branding, communication, and much more!  


In addition to these two new programs, the THECB has additional tools to support Texans in their college planning, including a net price calculator, application tools for exploring optionsapplication assistance, and paying for college.

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