TEXAS ADVANCE
COMMITMENT

Expanding Financial Aid to Make UT More Affordable for Texans

College affordability is one of the most critical issues affecting all Texans. This new endowment will go a long way toward making our university affordable for talented Texas students from every background and region.

— President Gregory L. Fenves

We want our students to take advantage of all the opportunities UT has to offer and experience the exceptional education of our “University of the First Class.” We are committed to help lessen student debt and make a UT education affordable for Texans from middle- and low-income families. This new long-term investment will help more students succeed and become the future leaders of tomorrow for our state, nation, and the world.

Starting in fall 2020, the expanded program will increase funding to include both first-time-in-college and transfer students. Details on Texas Advance Commitment are listed in the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Current

TUITION COVERED

Up to $30,000
adjusted gross income

TUITION SUPPORT

Up to $100,000
adjusted gross income

Starting Fall 2020

TUITION COVERED

Up to $65,000
adjusted gross income

TUITION SUPPORT

Up to $125,000
adjusted gross income

Eligibility Requirements

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Be a Texas resident

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Submit a FAFSA or TASFA

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Have demonstrated financial need*

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Enrolled full-time first-time-in-college under current program and also transfer students starting fall 2020

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Have family AGI up to $100,000 or up to $125,000**

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Maintain 2.0 GPA and remain in good standing for renewal eligibility

*As determined by information provided on the FAFSA or TASFA
**Up to $100,000 AGI for students entering 2018 and 2019; up to $125,000 AGI for students entering 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

UT System announced an investment in financial aid that will expand the Texas Advance Commitment in fall 2020. See the announcement to learn more.

Developed in 2018, the Texas Advance Commitment is UT Austin’s commitment to making a UT education even more affordable for Texas students. By making financial aid more transparent, the Texas Advance Commitment makes it easier for middle- and low-income students who have financial need to understand that they will receive assured financial aid assistance. Beginning in fall 2020, Texas Advance Commitment is expanding to provide additional financial support to Texas students through a new endowment created by The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

For eligible students, grants and scholarships are used first to cover the costs of tuition. If needed, University funds are added to either cover tuition (for students with a family adjusted gross income up to $30,000) or to provide financial assistance (for students with a family adjusted gross income between $30,000 and $100,000).

In fall 2020 UT is expanding its commitment and making a UT education more affordable for even more Texans. Eligible students with family adjusted gross incomes of up to $65,000 will have tuition covered and students with family adjusted gross incomes between $65,000 and $125,000 will receive some financial assistance to help offset the cost of their UT education.

Students who submit either the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid) will automatically be considered for financial aid assistance under the Texas Advance Commitment. There is no separate or additional application.

For eligible students with family adjusted gross incomes of up to $30,000 ($65,000 beginning in fall 2020), tuition is covered through grants, scholarships or additional UT financial aid. For eligible students with family adjusted gross incomes between $30,000 and $100,000 ($65,000 and $125,000), students receive additional financial assistance to help offset the cost of tuition. The minimum additional awards are between $300 and $2,000 per year depending on financial need.

The Texas Advance Commitment is designed for students who meet all the eligibility requirements. Beginning in 2018 students with family adjusted gross incomes of up to $100,000, with financial need, received some assured financial aid assistance. Beginning in fall 2020, through an additional investment by the Board of Regents, eligible students with family adjusted gross incomes of up to $125,000 will be eligible to receive financial assistance.

Yes. They are renewable for up to four years for full-time, new freshman students to support timely graduation. To renew the award and remain eligible, you must be a full-time student, submit a FAFSA or TAFSA every year, and maintain a 2.0 GPA and remain in good standing.

Beginning in fall 2020, eligible Texas students with an adjusted gross income of up to $125,000, with financial need, will be eligible for the Texas Advance Commitment. Tuition will be covered for students with financial need who have family adjusted gross incomes of up to $65,000. Financial assistance to support educational success will be available for students with financial need whose family adjusted gross income is between $65,000 and $125,000. With this expansion of the Texas Advance Commitment beginning in fall 2020, both new freshman and transfer students will be eligible.

Beginning in fall 2020, transfer students will be eligible for the Texas Advance Commitment. This expansion to provide financial assistance to even more Texans, including both new freshman and transfer students, is made possible through an additional, significant investment in financial aid by the Board of Regents.

As an incoming freshman, I believed there was no possibility for me to continue my education without any financial aid. The scholarships I received from UT have allowed me to follow my passions and pursue the degree I always wanted without worrying my family about paying tuition or my expenses.

— Kellen Rios, Class of 2021

Investing in Texas Students:
Other Signature Scholarship Programs

These additional scholarship programs recognize our high-achieving students and support student success and timely graduation.

Presidential Scholars

Incoming freshmen with excellent academic credentials and high financial need are selected for the prestigious Presidential Scholars program. Presidential Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year) over their four years at UT and may be eligible to receive additional funding to participate in an enrichment opportunity during that time.

University Leadership Network (ULN)

ULN is a nationally recognized incentive-based scholarship program. Each year, 500 freshmen with demonstrated financial need are selected to receive up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year) and participate in ULN’s four-year program, which is focused on academic and leadership skills to facilitate timely graduation.

Completion Grants

As part of the university’s commitment to student success, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and Student Success Initiatives award completion grants of varying amounts to current students who are close to graduating but have unmet financial need that otherwise would delay graduation or prevent them from completing their degree.

Impact Scholarships

Impact Scholarships recognize high-potential students from across the state who are making an impact in their local community, who will make an impact on the Forty Acres, and who will make an impact in their communities when they graduate. More than 30 incoming 2018 freshmen were surprised with a $48,000 scholarship ($12,000 per year) to cover the cost of their tuition for their four years at UT.

Texas Advance Partner Schools

In order to make a UT Austin education affordable for more Texans, we have partnered with more than 100 high schools across Texas. These Texas Advance Partner (TAP) schools are schools with a majority of students that are low income and/or traditionally underrepresented students. Each partner school is guaranteed at least two scholarship offers each year for students from their high schools who are admitted to UT Austin. The offers may include Presidential Scholar awards, University Leadership Network awards, or Impact Scholarships. Offers are non-transferable in cases where students from a TAP school decide not to enroll at UT Austin.

In addition to the guaranteed scholarship offers, all UT Austin applicants from TAP schools receive automatic waivers for both their admissions and housing application fees and automatic deferments for their admissions enrollment deposit and their housing advance payment. These guarantees result in more than $600 in savings to upfront costs for students from TAP schools.

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