Tuition and Financial Aid

Types of Financial Aid

The following is a summary of the types of assistance that are available to students at The University of Texas at Dallas.  The student should be aware that many of the programs are subject to change without notice by the state or federal government. Information on all programs may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office unless otherwise noted.

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and National SMART Grant

Students must meet the following requirements for both programs:

  • Pell Grant eligible
  • U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Enrolled at least half-time

Academic Competitiveness Grant Information

Up to $750 will be awarded to eligible first-year students and up to $1,300 for second-year students.

Students must have completed a rigorous secondary school program of study as established by a state or local educational agency and recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Students must be first-year or second-year undergraduate students in a degree program at a two-year or four-year degree-granting institution.

First-year students must not have been previously enrolled in a program of undergraduate education and must have graduated from high school after January 1, 2006.

Second-year students must have graduated from high school after January 1, 2005, and have at least a cumulative 3.00 grade point average (GPA) as of the end of their first year of college.

National SMART Grant Information

Up to $4,000 will be awarded to eligible students.

Students must be enrolled in the third or fourth year of an eligible program (or fifth year of a five-year program).

Students will be eligible if they are pursuing a major in mathematics, science (including physical, life, and computer sciences), technology, engineering, or a critical foreign language while maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

A listing of eligible SMART Grant majors can be found at financial-aid.utdallas.edu.

B-On-Time Loan

The purpose of the Texas B-On-Time Loan program is to provide eligible Texas students no-interest loans to attend colleges and universities in Texas. If the student meets specified goals, the entire loan amount can be forgiven upon graduation. Students need to complete a FAFSA and be eligible to receive federal financial aid. Students must be enrolled full time in an undergraduate degree program and have graduated in the 2002-2003 academic year or later from the recommended high school curriculum. Students who have earned an associates’ degree from an eligible institution no earlier than May 1, 2005 may also be considered. Due to limited funding, previous recipients will receive first priority, followed by students who qualify for, but are not receiving a TEXAS Grant due to a shortage of funds for that program.

Education Assistance Grant

This program was established to provide financial assistance to students by an act of the Texas Legislature. The program is funded through appropriation of a portion of the designated tuition charge for resident and non-resident students. Students completing a FAFSA will automatically be considered for this grant. Awards are based on availability of funds and the student’s financial need.

Federal College Work Study Program

College work study employment is available to students on the basis of demonstrated financial need. The acceptance of employment reduces the amount of loan assistance a student will be permitted to accept in order to meet financial need to cover educational expenses.

Compensation depends on the type of job, qualifications, and classification. The number of hours and work schedule will vary depending on the position. For information on job availability, students should contact the Career Center at (972) 883-2943.

Federal Pell Grant

Students wishing to apply for this federal program must complete a “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA). Applications are available at the Student Financial Aid Office, high schools, and local libraries, or through the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov, selecting the “Applying for Financial Aid” option. Applications are processed by the U.S. Department of Education. The amount of the grant for undergraduate students is based on the family contribution, the amount of funds available for the program, number of hours enrolled per semester, and the cost of education, not to exceed one-half of educational cost. This grant is available to undergraduate students only who are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree.

Federal Perkins Loan Program

This loan program provides a combination of federal and institutional funds to students who qualify on the basis of financial need. High priority is given to those students who demonstrate exceptional need.  Due to the limited amount of funding through the Federal Perkins Loan program, priority is also given to students who are not able to borrow through other federal educational loan programs as a result of reaching the aggregate borrowing amount through those federal educational loan programs. Students completing a FAFSA will automatically be considered for this program.

An undergraduate student may borrow up to a maximum amount of $4,000 per academic year with an aggregate undergraduate loan limit of $27,500.

A Federal Perkins loan bears a modest interest rate. Borrowers are required to begin repayment of principal and interest nine months after they cease to be at least half-time students. Repayment may extend over a ten-year period; however, there is a minimum rate of repayment.

Federal Stafford Student Loan Program

Funds from this program are made available to the student from lending institutions such as banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions. Students must qualify for a Federal Stafford Subsidized Student Loan on the basis of need. The U.S. Government will pay the interest on a Federal Stafford Subsidized loan as long as the student remains enrolled in school at least half-time. The Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan Program is available for students who do not demonstrate financial need. Students are responsible for payment of interest while they are enrolled in school. Students interested in this program should contact the Financial Aid Office for further information.  Students completing a FAFSA will automatically be considered for this program.

The loans are made at a modest interest rate and there exists a maximum amount that can be borrowed for a given academic year. See the Financial Aid Office concerning the maximum loan amount. The borrower will be required to begin repayment of principal and interest 6 months after graduation or after he or she ceases to be at least a half-time student. Repayment may extend over ten years, but the program requires a minimum monthly payment.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Through this federally funded program a limited number of grants are available to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Students completing a FAFSA will automatically be considered for this grant. Awards are based on availability of funds and the student’s financial need.

General/Endowment Scholarship Programs

Information about a variety of scholarships awarded on the basis of academic merit, achievement, and financial need is available from the Office of Financial Aid. The University of Texas at Dallas also offers a number of endowed scholarships that are administered by a school or program. Students are encouraged to contact their school dean or program office to obtain information about eligibility criteria and scholarships awarded in the student’s area of study.

In addition to any specific criteria governing awards of competitive scholarships (e.g., major field of study) the committee responsible for such awards will give primary consideration to the applicant’s academic records, both evaluating the type and nature of courses taken and the grades achieved in specific courses. The committee may also consider and give positive weight to such factors as the following in designating recipients:

  • Achievements in work experiences
  • Community service
  • Extracurricular activities; leadership
  • Surmounting obstacles to the further pursuit of higher education
  • Socioeconomic background
  • Educational level
  • Status as a first generation college student.

Scholarships typically are awarded in the spring semester for disbursement during the following academic year. A few scholarships are awarded during the fall semester. Announcements about available scholarships, application procedures and deadlines are available in the Office of Financial Aid (972-883-2941). Notices are also published on University bulletin boards, in the student newspaper (The Mercury), and on the Financial Aid Office website, financial-aid.utdallas.edu at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Hazlewood Veteran Tuition Exemption

Certain veterans who have served on active military duty, who were residents of Texas at the time of entry into the service, who have resided in Texas for the last 12 months prior to the date of registration, and whose entitlement to educational benefits under federal legislation has been exhausted, are eligible for exemption from the payment of tuition, general fees and laboratory fees. However, an individual who has “exhausted his/her federal education benefit” as a result of default on a federal or state loan may NOT receive the Hazlewood benefit. These exemptions also apply to children of members of the Armed Forces of the United States killed in action, missing in action, who die or died while in service, or whose death is documented to be directly caused by illness or injury connected with service in the armed forces; and to children of members of the Texas National Guard killed since January 1, 1946, while on active duty. Effective fall 1995, a maximum of 150 credit hours (including remedial courses) of work was established by the state for which a person may receive benefit under the Act. This accrual will begin with the fall 1995 semester. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office or www.financial-aid.utdallas.edu.

The 81st Texas Legislature passed new legislation -- SB93, SB297, and SB847 -- that amends the Hazlewood Exemption Program (Hazlewood Act) statute, TEC 54.203, for veterans, their spouses, and their children.
Changes to the Hazlewood exemption

  • Expands eligibility to include spouses of Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or Air National Guard veterans who were killed or died while serving, who are Missing in Action, or who become disabled. Spouses must be Texas residents for the term or semester for which they use the benefit. Children of these veterans remain eligible.
  • Extends eligibility to veterans who at the time of entry declared Texas as their home of record, or entered the service in Texas (even if they were not Texas residents at the time of entry), as well as veterans who are residents.
  • Allows veterans to transfer their unused hours from their Hazlewood exemption (up to 150 credit hours) to a child or dependent; the eligible child must be a Texas resident who is 25 years of age or younger.
  • Clarifies that when determining a student's eligibility to use federal and state veterans' benefits at the same time, the only federal benefits to be considered are those that can only be used for the payment of tuition and fees , such as under the Post-9/11 GI Benefits. Federal benefits that can be used for both living expenses and tuition and fees will NOT be included in the calculation. In other words, federal education benefits for housing, books, etc. will not be considered when awarding Hazlewood exemption.

The new exemption
Tuition Exemption for Children of Military Service Members Who Are Deployed. An eligible child is exempt from payment of resident tuition for every semester or academic term during which:

  1. a child demonstrates that he or she is a dependent child, including a stepchild, of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is a Texas resident or entitled to pay resident tuition, and
  2. the military service member is deployed on active duty for the purpose of engaging in a combative military operation outside of the United States.

Hinson-Hazlewood College Student Loan Program

Texas residents who meet eligibility requirements may borrow funds to meet a portion of their school expenses. The loan carries a modest interest rate. Repayment begins 6 months after graduation or withdrawal from the University.

Other On-Campus Employment

Various programs and schools of the University employ students in positions that are not work study positions and are not based on need. In accordance with appropriate guidelines, pay scales depend on the type of job, qualifications, and classification. Normally, students will be employed for a maximum of 19 ½ hours per week. Students interested in these positions should contact the Career Center at (972) 883-2943.

Property Deposit Scholarship

This is an institutionally sponsored scholarship program with limited funding. The amount of the award varies. Eligibility is based on need. Students completing a FAFSA will automatically be considered for this grant.

TEACH Grant Program

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides up to $4,000 per year ($16,000 total for four-year programs) in grants to students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.

Eligible students must be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. Coursework that will prepare a student to teach in a high-need subject area (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher) is acceptable.

Eligible students must meet the following academic achievement requirements of either scoring above the 75th percentile on one of the following college admissions test(s) - SAT, ACT, or graduate from High School with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.00 scale or maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 throughout the academic program for which they receive a TEACH Grant.

Eligible students must complete TEACH Grant counseling and sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve each year with the U.S. Department of Education. The TEACH Grant service agreement specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgement by the student that if the required teaching service obligation is not met, TEACH Grant funds will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that must be repaid, the interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

Teaching Obligation

To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant as a loan with interest, a student must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area at a school serving low-income students for at least four years within eight years of completing or withdrawing from the academic program for which the grant was received.

Texas Public Educational Grant

An act of the 64th Texas Legislature established a grant program to provide financial assistance to students. The program is funded though appropriation of a portion of the tuition charges for resident and non-resident students. Students completing a FAFSA will automatically be considered for this grant. Awards are based on availability of funds and the student’s financial need.

Toward Excellence, Access and Success Grant (TEXAS Grant)

This program is to provide a grant of money to enable academically prepared eligible students to attend public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education in Texas. An undergraduate student is eligible who:

  • is a Texas resident;
  • graduated from a public or accredited private high school in Texas no earlier than fall 1998. There is a time limit of 16 months after graduating from high school to be eligible;
  • completed the recommended or advanced high school curriculum or its equivalent;
  • had financial need, with an EFC of 4,000 or less for the academic year;
  • has applied for any available financial aid or assistance;
  • enrolls at least ¾ time in an undergraduate degree; and
  • has not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance.

The amount of the grant is based on the average tuition and fees charged at 4-year public institutions. Students who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 150 semester credit hours or for six years, whichever occurs first. Requirements for continued funding are completion of at least 75 percent of the hours taken in the prior semester, plus an overall grade point average in college of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. Awards will be made through the Financial Aid Office. Students completing a FAFSA will automatically be considered for this grant. Students must apply early as there is limited funding available.

Top 10% Scholarship Program

The 80th Texas legislature created the Top 10 Percent Scholarship to encourage students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class to attend a Texas public institution of higher education. Qualifying students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) by the published deadline, as set by the Texas Higher Education Board, and have financial need may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 if they enroll fulltime in a Texas public college or university in the fall semester immediately following graduation from high school. Students who submit their FAFSA after the published deadline will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds have been spent. Please see http://www.utdallas.edu/student/finaid/Programs/programs.htm for applicable deadlines and additional eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements
Initial Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a Texas resident
  • Demonstrate financial need (to be determined by the college or university financial aid office)
  • Complete FAFSA or TASFA (if applicable) and file by published deadline. Please see: www.utdallas.edu/student/finaid/Programs/programs.htm
  • Complete Recommended or Distinguished Achievement HS curriculum
  • Rank in the top 10 percent (as of his/her 7th semester or 6th if the college uses that semester for admissions)
  • Graduate from an accredited high school in Texas
  • Enroll fulltime in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year college or university in fall 2010

Renewal Requirements (contingent upon available funding):

  • Complete 30 semester credit hours (SCH) in the previous year
  • Maintain cumulative 3.25 GPA
  • Complete at least 75% of hours attempted

Short-Term Emergency Loans

Students needing emergency help with educational expenses may borrow from the short-term loan fund. Loans must be repaid within the semester during which they are borrowed or a fee will be charged of $30.00/month or a maximum of $90.00/semester. Contributions to these funds have been made by Mrs. Lloyd V. Berkner, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Castelli, the Kiwanis Club of Richardson, Rotary Club of Richardson, the Richardson Savings and Loan Association, the First Texas Savings and Loan Association of Dallas, Richardson Altrusa Club, Chaparral Steel Company, and funds set aside out of student tuition.

Students with questions about financial aid can contact a Financial Aid Counselor via the Internet at financial-aid.utdallas.edu.

Work Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time employment to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate need according to the FAFSA. In order to be considered for FWS, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Availability of this program is limited by the program appropriations each fiscal year.
Through the FWS program, you can earn money to help pay for your educational expenses but cannot exceed your total FWS award. You will earn at least minimum wage, but the amount may be higher depending on the type of work and skills required. Employment can be on-campus at the school or off-campus, which will usually be at a private non-profit organization or public agency providing services in the public interest. Award notices will indicate the amount up to which you may earn in FWS. Please see Work-Study Jobs through the UT Dallas Career Center for more details regarding the positions available and the job application process.