University description (as per official university website)
The provision for quality education and care for young children has been a vital aspect of the academic program at Stephen F. Austin State University for many years. In l969, The Early Childhood Laboratory started as The University Kindergarten and consisted of one classroom. This classroom was used as a laboratory for Elementary Education students who planned to teach in the newly funded state kindergartens. Located in the Manse of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, the SFA University Kindergarten operated on a half-day basis.
The following year the program moved on the SFA campus. From l970 until l975, this classroom was housed in an old church building on Baker Street behind Wilson Dormitory. During this period, the kindergarten was expanded to two, half-day kindergarten sessions.
Also operating on this campus during the same time period was a Home Economics Nursery School which started in l936. This school served infants through four-year-olds in a half-day format.
The Early Childhood Laboratory which opened in l975 was designed to serve infants through five-year olds. This new facility met the educational needs of a growing demand for early childhood students in both Elementary Education and Home Economics. The new facility provided the community with provisions for all-day, childcare in an educational setting that was to serve as a model in the field. The Home Economics Nursery School continued to operate until l979, when the programs merged. At this time the space in Home Economics became the new primary or first grade classroom expanding the age of children served from infants to first grade.
To receive federal, state, or institutional funds you must:
* be enrolled in an eligible degree-seeking or certificate programs at least half-time (six credit hours)
* be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
* have a valid Social Security Number
* be registered with Selective Service (if required)
* be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a degree or certificate
* not owe a refund on a Federal grant or be in Default on a Federal educational loan
* demonstrate a financial need, except for some loan programs
Parent income will be required unless the student meets one of the following criteria:
* will be 24 years old before January 1
* is a graduate or professional student
* is married as of the application date
* has legal dependents who receive more than half of their support from the student
* was a ward of the court before turning 18 or both parents are deceased
* is a veteran
* has documented exceptional circumstances