Gator Assistance Program
The Gator Assistance Program (GAP) is designed to lessen the financial burden on qualifying Health, Workforce, or Technical students who show a financial need and an ability to benefit from post-secondary education.
Types of assistance include, but are not limited to, Day Care Assistance, Transportation Assistance, and Tools & Equipment Assistance. The GAP is funded through the Carl D. Perkins Grant.
GAP Eligibility Requirements:
- Majoring in a Health, Workforce, or Technical Studies Program
- Eligible for the PELL Grant
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA
- Enrolled in a minimum of six semester hours
- Must qualify under one or more of the following circumstances:
- Individual with a disability
- Individual from an economically disadvantaged family
- Individual preparing for a non-traditional field (female welder, male nurse, etc.)
- Single parent, including single pregnant woman
- Out-of-workforce Individual
- Individual receiving and/or needing housing assistance
- Individual who is in, or has aged out of, the Texas foster Care system
- Individual with a parent who is a member of the armed forces and is on active duty
- Individual with other barriers to educational achievement, including limited English Proficienc
Awards are based on the Carl D. Perkins-Grant funds budgeted each semester as approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Gator Assistance Program Application Process:
- Apply and be accepted to Lamar State College Orange and be registered for the semester that assistance is being requested for the semester that assistance is being requested for.
- Complete the current FAFSA online selecting LSCO as attending institution.
- Submit the GAP application for the specific assistance needed.
- GAP begins accepting applications 30 days prior to the first-class day of each semester. The priority deadline for applications is the first day of classes.
- An acceptance or denial letter will be sent to your student e-mail no later than 15 business days after the first day of classes.
Day Care Assistance Details:
- Day Care Assistance is designed to lessen the financial cost of day care.
The 2022-2023 rates are:
Infants through Age 1 - $60.00 weekly
Age 2 through Age 6 - $50.00 weekly
Age 7 through Age 12 - $40.00 weekly
- The student is responsible for selecting a day care provider. Students may choose to utilize a family member, friend, or day care center. Please Search Texas Child Care to find licensed child care providers and review their history.
- GAP is limited to three dependents per family; infant to 12 years old
- School Holidays will not be covered by GAP. The child must attend a minimum of one day per week, for that week to be paid by GAP.
- Payments are made by direct deposit to the day care provider by LSCO once per month after the invoice is submitted by the student. Students will need to be prepared to pay for their first month of day care services while applications are being reviewed. The student will be responsible for paying any remaining weekly cost to the provider.
- Day care funding from other sources must be Day care funding cannot be awarded from another source and Gator Assistance Program (Perkins funds) at the same time.
- If you do not qualify for Day Care Assistance through Lamar State College Orange, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance through Texas Child Care Solutions.
- Apply for Day Care Assistance
Transportation Assistance Details:
- Transportation assistance is designed to lessen the financial burden of gas through mileage reimbursement at $0.10 per mile.
- Limited to students who drive 20 or more miles to attend clinicals and/or class on 20 mile minimum is based on a round trip calculation from home address to clinical/campus.
- Requires mileage log sheets to be completed and submitted monthly by the due date.
- Failure to turn in log sheet by the due date will forfeit payment for that month.
- Students will receive funds through Direct Deposit once mileage log has been submitted.
- Apply for Transportation Assistance
Tools & Equipment Assistance details:
- Tools & Equipment Assistance is designed to lessen the financial burden of purchasing costly equipment required for a program.
- Limited to the number of tools available or available funds.
- Requires signing of the Tools Assistance Policy.
- Tools will be checked out upon approval of participant eligibility.
- Participants will return tools to LSCO after final exams are completed.
- If participant drops the class or withdraws from their program, the tools will be immediately returned to LSCO.
- Contact Abbie Skinner to request Tools & Equipment Assistance.
For additional information call (409) 882-3393, E-mail Abbie.Skinner@lsco.edu, or see Abbie Skinner in the Advising Center, Office 116 of the Ron E. Lewis Library.