Expanding on UT Austin’s long-standing commitment to reducing student debt and making a UT Austin education possible for Texans from low- and middle-income families, the university will now ensure that all new, incoming freshmen with family adjusted gross incomes (AGI) of up to $100,000, and who have financial need, will receive guaranteed need-based aid through the Texas Advance Commitment.
Eligible students with a family AGI of up to $30,000 will receive enough aid to completely cover their tuition costs.
The Texas Advance Commitment ensures college access and upward mobility for promising students across the state. This commitment supports student success and timely graduation, as the awards are renewable for the four years of a student’s UT Austin education.
Awards leverage state and federal funds as well as university funds. UT Austin has increased financial aid over the past five years, and the Texas Advance Commitment adds an additional $5 million a year.
— President Gregory L. Fenves
First time in college enrolling freshman
Submit a FAFSA or TASFA
Family adjusted gross income of up to $100,000
Have demonstrated financial need
Maintain 2.0 GPA and remain in good standing for renewal eligibility
Incoming freshmen with excellent academic credentials and high financial need are selected for our most prestigious Presidential Scholars program. Students are awarded up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year) over their four years at UT Austin, and receive additional funding to participate in an enrichment program during that time. They are also part of a community of scholars, which provides additional networking opportunities for the students.
ULN is a nationally recognized incentive-based scholarship program for students with demonstrated financial need. Each year, 500 freshmen are selected to begin the program. ULN students receive a scholarship of up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year) based on participation in the program's comprehensive four-year components that include leadership training, experiential learning opportunities, and university service.
As part of the university’s commitment to enrolled student success, UT Austin provides completion grants of varying amounts to current students to facilitate timely graduation. These funds are awarded to students who are close to graduating but have unmet financial need that would otherwise delay graduation, or prevent them from completing their degree. This aid is awarded by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Success Initiatives.
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 the students’ four years at UT Austin.
UT Austin has collaborated with RaiseMe to encourage students to consider the university when they begin their college search. The RaiseMe UT Austin collaboration encourages students early in their high school careers to engage in activities to encourage college-going behaviors, while earning micro scholarships for college. This platform enables students to earn up to $2,000 ($500 per year) in scholarship dollars when they attend UT Austin.