Scholarships, Financial Aid, Work-Study and Tuition Exemptions
The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) coordinates the University's scholarship programs.
The Freshman Scholarship Application is required of applicants who wish to be considered for any/all available merit-based scholarships offered by the University of Texas, Plan II Honors and most college and departmental scholarships.
There is NOT, however, a separate application for the Forty Acres Scholarship offered by the Texas Exes Alumni Association. Applicants interested in this competitive award must complete and the submit the ApplyTexas application by December 1 to be eligible for the Forty Acres Scholarship.
This new scholarship was created by the Texas Exes Alumni Association to recruit and recognize exceptional students. In 2011, the first year of the Forty Acres Scholarship Program (FASP), the first ten Forty Acres Scholars enter the Universty. Four of those ten Forty Acres Scholars were Plan II Honors majors. Fifteen Forty Acres awards will be awarded to freshmen entering 2012. The Texas Exes anticipate awarding twenty more Forty Acres Scholarships beginning in 2013. This is an extremely competitive four-year merit scholarship which will cover the full cost of the UT Austin and Plan II Honors educational experience. The Forty Acres Scholarship also designed to enrich students’ lives and nurture their development as future leaders. The opportunities included in this scholarship, combined with the abundance and depth of the resources that are already part of the Plan II and UT experience, will guarantee Forty Acres Scholars receive the greatest undergraduate experience possible.
Please take the time to read more about the scholarship at: http://scholarships.texasexes.org/scholarships/forty-acres-scholars/
Questions about the Forty Acres Scholarship or the application process should be directed to the Texas Exes Scholarships.
An applicant who submits the Freshman Scholarship Application (FSA), (see: ApplyTexas.org), will be automatically considered for Plan II Honors scholarships. The deadline is December 1.
The FSA goes to the University's Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS). It does not come to Plan II. But Plan II cannot consider an incoming student for scholarships without an on-time Freshman Scholarship Application.
All Plan II applicants should submit the Freshman Scholarship application.
All Plan II applicans should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- The Plan II scholarship committee uses the "need ranking" assigned by OSFS using the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- (FAFSA) helps us decide how to award most of these scholarships.
- Applicants who do not submit the FAFSA application are less likely to be eligible for and/or considered for Plan II scholarships.
There is not a separate merit scholarship application or financial aid scholarship application for Plan II Honors applicants.
Student Financial Aid at the University of Texas at Austin
The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) is committed to conducting its operations in a transparent manner, and one of its goals is to educate the public and policy leaders about student funding needs. Toward those ends, OSFS published Student Financial Aid at the University of Texas at Austin (also accessible in the Reports and Research section of the OSFS web site). This report is designed to inform the University community and government officials about the $491 million in financial aid on which UT Austin students relied in 2009-10.
In the report you will find information on:
- The processes by which students go about applying for and receiving grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study;
- The University’s financial aid recipients and the sources of their aid;
- Indebtedness incurred by a little more than half of the University’s students who rely on loans to help pay their educational expenses; and
- OSFS and the services it provides through more than 124 thousand annual contacts with students and parents.
The primary author of this report is Miguel Wasielewski, Assistant to the Director of Student Financial Services. Many other members of the OSFS staff also contributed, and various partners from across campus provided us advice and counsel regarding the report’s content and development. OSFS is deeply indebted to all these dedicated individuals for making Student Financial Aid at the University of Texas at Austin possible.
Financial Need-Based Scholarships
All applicants (and their parents/families), regardless of income level, should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application by March 31, to be considered for the many federal and state grants that take financial need into account.
Most families will be eligible for some type of support. At worst case, most families are eligible for low interest student and parent loan packages.
There is not a separate financial-need scholarship application for Plan II Honors applicants.
Work Study is administered through the Office of Student Financial Services.
Work-Study is a part-time employment program for students who have demonstrated financial need. Unlike other types of financial aid, students will receive their Work-Study award in the form of a paycheck once or twice a month throughout the semester. The student must find a job, work, and earn the award. Students may earn up to the amount of their Work-Study award each semester.
In order to be considered for a Work-Study award, students must complete the FAFSA every year, before UT-Austin’s priority deadline. They must demonstrate financial need, and maintain satisfactory academic progress. For returning students, preference is given to those who earned at least 80% of their award in the previous academic year.
The University of Texas at Austin through the Office of Student Financial Services offers a number of competitive merit-based and need-based scholarships and need-based work-study programs to entering students.
All Plan II applicants who wish to be considered for 40 Acres Scholarships must apply through the Texas Exes Alumni Association. The application deadline is December 1. Please visit the link for detailed information on the 40 Acres Scholarship and to access the electronic application.
- Note that the applicant may use the Plan II Honors on-line honors application personal response(s) (5 sentences) again on the 40 Acres Scholarship application. The applicant does NOT need to create new responses for the two different applications.
For an overview of the UT scholarship process, see TexasScholarships.
Fellowships and scholarships affect your total eligibility for aid. At the start of the awarding process, your total cost of education is determined. Next, OSFS will subtract any fellowships/scholarships/additional resources from this amount. The remaining balance represents your total eligibility for financial aid.
Financial aid must be re-evaluated whenever a scholarship or fellowship is awarded, even if you have already accepted/received awards.
This Accredited School Scholarship exempts the student from tuition charges during both semesters of the first regular session immediately following the student's high school graduation. Fees are not covered. No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.
Highest ranking graduate of an accredited Texas high schoolExempted:
Tuition during first two semesters (long session) following graduation
Where to apply:
Obtain certification from high school and present to Student Accounts Receivable, Main Building, Room 4
See other tuition exemptions at: Exemptions.
Plan II Honors Scholarships
These Plan II Honors scholarships, awarded primarily on a financial need-basis, range from $1,000 to $4,000.
They include, but are not limited to:
- The Leslie Dyess Blanton Scholarship
- The Macey Hodges Reasoner Endowment Scholarship
- The Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Family Scholarship
- The Kirsten Torgerson Endowed Presidential Scholarship
- The Tucker Family Endowed Presidential Scholarship
- The Louise and Ira Iscoe Endowed Presidential Scholarship
- The Gregory George Shia Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Plan II
There is not a separate Plan II Honors merit scholarship application or Plan II Honors financial aid scholarship application for Plan II Honors applicants.Most, but not all, of the Plan II endowed scholarships have a donor specified need-based component. However it’s important to make a few strong points: First, applicants with serious financial need usually have that need met through state and federal entitlement programs funding almost all the costs of attendance (through the FAFSA application, but also using the University’s FSA). Plan II is often unable to give those students a Plan II scholarship without affecting the level of grants and scholarships they have already received. However if all or part of the award is through student loans or parent (PLUS) loans, a Plan II scholarship will first, reduce the size of the loan amount.
Often the admitted applicants and continuing students who are left with “unmet” need are those who did not qualify for financial aid and those whose families made too much to qualify for entitlement programs. So, a majority of all of the Plan II scholarships are awarded on the basis of “unmet” financial need.
At Plan II Honors, we don’t consider applicants for scholarships who have not submitted both the UT Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) Freshman Scholarship Application (FSA) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FSA is the basis of ALL UT (excepting Texas Exes scholarships), and Plan II scholarships for BOTH merit and financial need. The FAFSA, as its name says, is the application on which all federal aid is based. As our Web site explains, an application to Plan II Honors makes an applicant eligible for Plan II scholarships IF other financial aid applications have been completed.
A few of our endowed Plan II scholarships are awarded strictly for merit. Obviously, we consider all our incoming students meritorious, that's why they were offered admission. Although top scores are important, they are only a small part of what we seek when we conduct admissions or award scholarships. In all honestly, it's quite difficult to stand out for merit in the Plan II crowd. Many of the strictly merit-based scholarships are restricted by UT rules or donor-specified instructions that exempt entering freshmen from consideration however. They are designed by the donors to recognize academic excellence while a student at Plan II and UT Austin.
The FAFSA is worth your while, even if the family’s financial need level is low or even non-existent. The FAFSA can qualify a family for much lower-interest education loans, if not for grants. The OSFS information states that there is some kind of financial aid available for every student. (This "aid" is often in the guise of parent and student loans.) However, student loan resources and lower interest rates are certainly preferable to the alternatives—particularly in the scary financial straights we find ourselves in these days. Again, if all or part of the award is through student loans or parent (PLUS) loans, a Plan II scholarship will first, reduce the size of the loan amount. And that’s a very good thing!
Finally, although we do have a small handful of scholarships which are strictly for incoming freshmen, the majority of Plan II scholarships are for continuing students, travel and thesis funding. So, please also keep in mind that the first year will not necessarily be indicative all future years’ funding. All continuing students will have the opportunity to apply for both UT and Plan II merit and need-based scholarships each year.
Although the same holds true, that most of Plan II’s continuing scholarship funding is awarded primarily on a need-basis, there is funding available for student thesis research and travel, travel to professional conferences and funding for study abroad. Additionally, students in Plan II Honors can apply to the College of Liberal Arts (all Plan II students are Liberal Arts students, regardless of other majors and college designations) for continuing student scholarships.
Plan II Honors will nominate some applicants for the 40 Acres Scholarships to the Texas Exes Scholarship Committee. However, interested applicants must complete and the submit the application for the 40 Acres Scholarship by December 1.
UT Austin no longer awards institutional scholarships to new students based solely on their status as National Merit Scholars; however, this does not mean the University has abandoned merit-based aid.
UT Austin continues to offer merit-based aid and we fully expect National Merit Scholars to be strong candidates for scholarships not only from the university but also from outside sources. National Merit Scholars will continue to have the opportunity to compete for university scholarships by completing UT Austin’s Application for Freshman Scholarships (application deadline December 1). The university does continue to disburse primarily merit-based aid via both the Office of Student Financial Services and it’s various colleges and schools.
Some National Merit scholarships are jointly funded by the College Board and corporate supporters. If a student chooses UT as their first choice with National Merit and are a corporate sponsored or one time National merit winners, they will receive funds from either a corporation or National Merit. The University of Texas will not make a funding match, but the applicant could receive external National Merit funding use at UT.
It is our hope that when students consider what attending UT Austin can do to prepare them for the rest of their lives, they will not let the absence of a National Merit Scholarship stand in their way.