Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid provides financial assistance to students who might otherwise be unable to attend the University. Financial aid awarded through the office may include grants, scholarships, loans or work-study. Most financial aid is determined based on documented financial need, which is the difference between the cost of attending the University, the Expected Family Contribution and the financial resources available to the student.

To apply for financial assistance, students must complete a need analysis form each year. The office requires students to complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). The FAFSA should be completed by students who are U.S. citizens or eligible resident aliens. The TASFA should be used by non-citizens who are classified as Texas residents; the Apply page of the Texas One Stop website has more information on the TASFA. The information submitted through these applications helps the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid assess family resources and determine eligibility for specific aid programs.

Students who are admitted as transient/non-degree-seeking and attend the University are not eligible for financial aid through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Estimated Costs. Pursuant to state law, The University of Texas System Board of Regents (the Board) is authorized to set tuition. Please visit Tuition Rates on the Texas One Stop website for up-to-date information regarding Fall 2021 rates.

Estimated costs for tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation, and personal and miscellaneous items for a typical student (both undergraduate and graduate) living in University-owned housing for the 2021-2022 long sessions (fall and spring semesters) and summer session are available on the Cost of Attendance page of the Texas One Stop website. The tuition amounts included in these figures are based on an average course load of 12 or more semester hours for undergraduates and nine or more semester hours for graduate students.

Application dates. The University strongly recommends that all students complete their financial aid applications by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's priority filing date. More information about the priority filing date and financial aid is published by Texas One Stop

A student may apply for financial aid before being officially admitted to the University, but the awarding of aid is contingent upon admission. Aid cannot be disbursed until the student is officially enrolled.

Prospective freshmen apply for scholarships by completing the ApplyTexas application. Continuing and transfer students may apply for annually awarded scholarships by completing the UT Austin Continuing and Transfer Student Scholarship Application. For more information, including deadlines, see Scholarships on the Texas One Stop website.

Course load requirements. Most financial aid programs are based on a minimum full-time enrollment of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students and from nine to 15 credit hours for graduate students, depending on the student’s academic program. Students may receive financial aid for less than full-time enrollment, but the amount of aid awarded may be adjusted based on the student’s final enrollment status. Some financial aid programs require that award amounts be reduced proportionally for less than full-time enrollment. To receive financial assistance for summer session, students (except those admitted as transient/non-degree-seeking) must enroll for classes in a designated summer session.

Changes in financial circumstances. Students are responsible for reporting to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid any change in their financial resources that occurs after the initial application for aid is submitted. A documented decrease in resources may make a student eligible for an increase in financial aid, if funds are available; an increase in resources may result in a reduction or cancellation of financial aid funds or a requirement to repay awards already released to the student. Students can submit a Reduction in Income Appeal Form to report changes in student or parent income.

Satisfactory Academic Progress. Federal law requires that institutions of higher education monitor the academic progress of students who receive federal financial aid. In order to remain eligible for federal, state, and some institutional financial aid, students must comply with The University of Texas at Austin's standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP); requirements for satisfactory progress are: 

  1. Minimum GPA: An undergraduate student must maintain a cumulative University grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00. A graduate student must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
  2. Minimum Pace: A student must successfully complete at least 75% of the credit hours they attempt. 
  3. Maximum Timeframe: A student may attempt no more than 134% of the credit hours required by their degree program.

Undergraduate students who have received financial aid will be evaluated for SAP at the end of every semester. Graduate students will be evaluated annually at the end of the spring semester. For more specific information about the policy and the appeal procedure, see Maintaining Eligibility on the Texas One Stop website.


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