Expanding Financial Aid to Make UT More Affordable for Texans

The Texas Advance Commitment is a game-changing program for both current UT students and generations of Longhorns to come. It represents our university's fundamental belief in the talent that our great state has to offer. We want to make sure that the best and brightest from across Texas — from the Panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley and from El Paso to Tyler, and everywhere in between — have the opportunities and support they need to thrive on the Forty Acres. This commitment does exactly that for many UT students and families each year and our university is stronger because of it. I am forever grateful to Chairman Kevin Eltife and the Board of Regents, who expanded this program in 2019 and increased its reach and impact in profound ways.

- Jay Hartzell, President

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.

Starting Fall 2020


Up to $65,000
adjusted gross income


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 Texas resident students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree

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Have a family adjusted gross income (AGI) between

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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
**For students entering 2020 and beyond

Learn More About the Texas Advance Commitment

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 undergraduate or first time in college transfer students, grants and scholarships are used first to cover the costs of tuition. If needed, university funds are added to either cover tuition or provide financial assistance.

In fall 2020 UT expanded its commitment to 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.

As of Fall 2020, tuition is covered through grants, scholarships or additional UT financial aid for eligible students with family adjusted gross incomes of up to $65,000. For eligible students with family adjusted gross incomes between $65,000 and $125,000, students receive additional financial assistance to help offset the cost of tuition. These minimum additional awards are between $300 and $2,000 per year depending on financial need.

The Texas Advance Commitment is designed for Texas resident students who meet all the eligibility requirements. Only students who meet all of the TAC requirements, 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, and up to three years for full-time transfer students. To renew the award and remain eligible, you must be a full-time Texas resident student, submit a FAFSA or TAFSA every year, and maintain a 2.0 GPA and remain in good standing.

Beginning in fall 2020, new and continuing eligible Texas resident students who are working toward their first undergraduate degree, whose FAFSAs indicate family adjusted gross incomes of up to $125,000, and have financial need will be eligible for the Texas Advance Commitment. Tuition will be covered for Texas resident 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.

No, you will not see the words "Texas Advance Commitment" on your financial aid offer, as the university considers all sources of tuition funding, including grant and scholarship assistance to meet the commitment. For example, if an eligible student receives a federal Pell grant, or a Texas state grant, these resources are totaled. The university then covers the gap to tuition for eligible students with family adjusted gross incomes of up to $65,000 and provides some tuition assistance for those eligible students with family adjusted gross incomes of up to $125,000.

Effective fall 2020, with the additional funding support from the Board of Regents, the university will expand the Texas Advance Commitment to include new and continuing students who enter the university either as freshman or transfer students. The FAFSA is used to determine student eligibility at the beginning of the academic year. Continuing student eligibility each year will be based on an annual review of the FAFSA. Students who enrolled at the university as freshmen will be eligible for Texas Advance Commitment consideration for up to four years. Students who enrolled at the university as transfer students will be eligible for Texas Advance Commitment consideration for up to three years.

Important note for continuing students: Current, continuing, Texas resident students who were not previously eligible for the Texas Advance Commitment, will be packaged for financial aid according to the expanded Texas Advance Commitment guidelines for the 2020–2021 academic year by the end of July. Awards are currently being updated to include additional Texas resident students whose 2020–2021 FAFSA indicate they are now eligible for the Texas Advance Commitment.

Full-time Texas resident undergraduates earning their first degree who have submitted their FAFSA and meet eligibility requirements at the beginning of each academic year are eligible. Continuing students must be making satisfactory academic progress to receive financial aid from The University of Texas at Austin. Effective fall 2020 Texas Advance Commitment is also offered to transfer students pursuing their first bachelors degree.

Yes. Students are considered for the Texas Advance Commitment at the beginning of each academic year. Your eligibility will be considered each year when you apply for financial aid and your family income and assets are considered. Transfer students may benefit from the Texas Advance Commitment for up to three years, based on each student’s annual eligibility.

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.

Texas Excellence

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.

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.

UT for Me — Powered by Dell Scholars

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

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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