Types of Financial Aid Programs
In order to be considered for federal student aid you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
If you are eligible to pay in-state tuition due to Senate Bill 1528, and wish to be considered for certain types of state financial aid, you must complete a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) and submit it directly to the UT Dallas Office of Financial Aid.
Availability of each program is based on program appropriations each fiscal year.
Below are the basic criteria for qualifying for the various types of assistance. Additional program requirements may apply.
For access to scholarship information, see our Scholarships page.
The addition of any scholarship, grant, exemption, waiver, or outside funding toward your educational expenses may result in a reduction of aid. If you have received any of the aforementioned types of aid that are not represented on your award letter, please contact the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible.
Federal Financial Aid
To be eligible for federal aid a you must:
*Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid, except under the following circumstance:
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grant awards are based on level of enrollment and expected family contribution (EFC). Students must meet all eligibility criteria for receiving federal financial aid and must be pursuing their first bachelor's degree. The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2014-2015 academic year is $5730. The Pell Grant program is limited to six years of eligibility.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program provides funding for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contribution (EFC), as measured using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA are the first to be offered a FSEOG. Annual award amounts vary.
FSEOG is offered to students as a result of completing the FAFSA. There is no separate application.
TEACH Grant Program
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is available to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Recipients of the TEACH Grant must serve as a full-time highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school for at least four academic years within eight calendar years after completing or withdrawing from the academic program for which the grant was received. If the teaching requirement is not met, the TEACH Grant funds received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that must be repaid, with interest charged from the date of the TEACH Grant disbursement(s). To be eligible you must:
The maximum annual award amount is $4,000. This maximum however can be reduced, based on the availability of federal funding.
To be considered for a TEACH Grant the student must contact his financial aid counselor. Because of the service committment, the TEACH Grant is not automatically included in the financial aid award.
More specific information regarding the TEACH Grant can be found at the TEACH Grant Program Fact Sheet.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
A student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
Additional Student Eligibility Requirements
The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year - not to exceed the cost of attendance for that award year.
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need. Students who are eligible for the FWSP program have a portion of their wages paid by the federal government. Students are paid hourly at a rate set by the student's employer. Employment can be on-campus or off-campus. Off-campus employers are private non-profit organizations or public agencies who have established an agreement with UT Dallas. Students are notified of their eligibility for Federal Work-Study as part of their financial aid package.
Federal Work-Student earnings are paid directly to the student and are not applied to the student's account in the Bursar's Office.
Job placement assistance is provided by the UT Dallas Career Center.
Federal Direct Stafford Loan
Under the Direct Stafford Loan Program, the federal government is the student's lender.
There are two types of Federal Direct Stafford Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. You must demonstrate financial need to qualify for the subsidized loan. When the loan is subsidized the federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is in school. If the loan is unsubsidized it accrues interest while the student is in school; a student may choose to pay the accruing interest while in school. Repayment of both types of loans begins six months after graduation or when the student ceases attending school at least half-time. The interest rate for subsidized Direct Stafford Loans disbursed between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 is fixed at 4.66 percent. Loans disbursed in previous years have different rates. The current interest rate for unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans is fixed at 4.66 percent for undergraduates; 6.21 percent for graduate students. An origination fee of 1.072 percent is deducted from the loan proceeds when it is disbursed. To accept a Direct Stafford Loan you must follow the steps on our Direct Lending (DL) website.
Dependent undergraduate students can borrow up to:
If a dependent student's parent is not eligible to borrow from the PLUS loan program the student may borrow from the Direct Stafford Loan program at the independent student levels.
Independent undergraduate students can borrow up to:
Graduate students can borrow up to:
The maximum aggregate loan limits are:
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
Parents can borrow a PLUS Loan through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program to help pay your education expenses if you are a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time in an eligible program at an eligible school.
To apply for a Direct PLUS loan your parent must follow the steps on our Direct Lending (DL) website. Parents must pass a credit check or have a cosigner who will pass a credit check in order to borrow the funds.
The annual borrowing limit is equal to your cost of attendance budget, as determined by UT Dallas, minus any other financial assistance you receive. For loans disbursed between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 the interest rate is fixed at 7.21 percent. Repayment begins 60 days after the last disbursement of the loan. An origination fee of 4.288 percent is deducted from the proceeds of the loan when it is disbursed. Borrowers may contact the Direct Loan Servicing Center for deferment options.
Federal Grad PLUS Loan
Graduate students are eligible to borrow under the PLUS Loan Program up to their cost of attendance, as determined by UT Dallas, minus any other financial assistance received. Before you can borrow under this program, you must have borrowed the maximum annual amount allowed under the unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan Program.
To receive the Federal Grad PLUS Loan you must complete a Master Promissory Note, which is found at www.studentloans.gov. You must pass a credit check or have a cosigner who will pass a credit check in order to borrow the funds. The 2014-2015 interest rate is fixed at 7.21%. You will have an in-school deferment status until you graduate or cease attending at least half time (5 hours). Interest is charged from the date the loan is disbursed. Repayment begins 45 days after your deferment end date. An origination fee of 4.288 percent is deducted from the proceeds of the loan when it is disbursed. If you qualify you can request that the Grad PLUS loan be added to your financial aid award by contacting your financial aid counselor.
Federal Perkins Loan
The Federal Perkins Loan is a low-interest (5%) loan for both undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need. The school is the lender and awards are made through the Office of Financial Aid. Awards are based on financial need and funding availability. For undergraduate students at UT Dallas the maximum annual award is $4000; the aggregate limit is $27,500. For graduate students at UT Dallas the maximum annual award is $6000; the aggregate limit is $60,000. Repayment begins nine months after graduation or after you cease attending at least half-time.
Because funding is limited to what is repaid by previous borrowers annually, the Federal Perkins Loan is not usually offered as part of a student's initial financial aid award.
State Financial Aid
To be eligible for state student financial aid you must:
Top 10% Scholarship Program
As of the 2015-2016 academic year, the Texas state legislature has discontinuned funding new awards. Students who meet the program's renewal requirements will continue to receive the scholarship.
Renewal Requirements (contingent upon available funding)
Toward EXcellence, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant
To receive an initial award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a baccalaureate student must:
Graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas no earlier than the 1998-1999 school year; completed the Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program (or the equivalent); and enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an approved institution within 16 months from high school graduation, having not accumulated more than 30 semester credit hours (SCH) (excluding credits for dual enrollment or by examination); or
Earned an associate's degree from a public or private nonprofit institution of higher education in Texas and enrolled in an eligible institution within 12 months after receiving the associate's degree; or
Graduated from an accredited public or private high school in Texas on May 1, 2013 or later, completed the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program (or its equivalent), and enlisted in military service within 12 months of high school graduation and enrolled in an eligible GATI within 12 monthis of receiving an honorable discharge; or
Transferred into a public university in Texas with at least 24 SCH's and a minimum 2.5 GPA and received an initial year Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) in fall 2014 or later.
To receive a TEXAS Grant-Renewal award through the TEXAS Grant Program, a student must:
Recipients entering the program as high school graduates are limited to a maximum of five (5) years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award in a degree plan of four (4) years or less; 150 semester credit hours (SCH) attempted while receiving the grant; or completion of a baccalaureate degree (whichever occurs first).
Recipients entering the program with an associate's degree are limited to a maximum of three (3) years from the start of the semester in which the student received the first award in a degree plan of four (4) years or less; 90 SCH attempted while receiving the grant; or completion of a baccalaureate degree (whichever occurs first).
The TEXAS Grant award amount (including state and institutional funds) is equal to the student's tuition and required fees.
Please see www.collegeforalltexans.com for additional information regarding the TEXAS Grant priority awarding model.
Texas B-On-Time Loan Program
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. If this loan is offered to you, the Office of Financial Aid will instruct you to complete an application and promissory note online. To be eligible you must:
Persons who have earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible for B-On-Time loans.
The maximum award amount for 2014-2015 at UT Dallas is $4000 per semester.
A 3% origination fee will be deducted from the loan proceeds.
To maintain eligibility for future disbursements, you must:
A student may not receive B-On-Time loans for more than 150 hours.
Forgiveness Requirements for the B-On-Time Loan
At 4-year universities a Texas B-On-Time Loan shall be forgiven if you receive an undergraduate degree from an eligible institution and either:
Forgiven B-On-Time loans are reported to the IRS as taxable income.
Institutional Financial Aid
To be eligible for institutional grants offered by the Office of Financial Aid you must:
Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid, except under the following circumstance:
**Undergraduate students admitted to UTD are considered for the University's Academic Excellence Scholarship Program through the Office of the Undergraduate Dean. For additional information contact the Undergraduate Dean's Office.
Texas Public Education Grant
The Texas Public Education Grant is need based gift aid available to Texas residents, non-residents and students who qualify under SB 1528. You must be enrolled at least half-time and must register for Selective Service unless you are exempt. Annual award amounts vary.
Undergraduate/Graduate Educational Assistance Grant
The Educational Assistance Grant is need based gift aid available to bona fide Texas residents. You must be enrolled at least half-time and must register for Selective Service unless you are exempt. Annual award amounts vary.
The UT Dallas Tuition Promise provides resources to cover the tuition and mandatory fees for newly-enrolling students whose families earn $25,000 or less annually and meet other qualifications. These resources include federal and state grants.
Other Types of Financial Assistance