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 Texas resident first-time-in-college and transfer students. Details on Texas Advance Commitment are listed in the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Up to $65,000
adjusted gross income
Up to $125,000
adjusted gross income
Be a Texas resident
Submit a FAFSA or TASFA
Have demonstrated financial need*
Enrolled full-time first-time-in-college Texas resident students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
Have a family adjusted gross income (AGI) between
Maintain 2.0 GPA and remain in good standing for renewal eligibility
*As determined by information provided on the FAFSA or TASFA
**For students entering 2020 and beyond
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
These additional scholarship programs recognize our high-achieving students and support student success and timely graduation.
Incoming freshmen with excellent academic credentials and high financial need are selected for the prestigious Texas Excellence award. Students 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.
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.
As part of the university’s commitment to student success, and in partnership with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the UT for Me — Powered by Dell Scholars program offers incoming Pell-eligible students scholarship opportunities of up to $20,000, in addition to support such as laptops, textbook credit and peer advising.
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.
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.