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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Plan II Freshman Application Dates & Deadlines

ApplyTexas.org will be active for Fall 2014 application on August 1.

October 15

Plan II Honors recommended application completion date.  It is NOT a deadline; it is the date by which we recommend Plan II applicants complete their ApplyTexas and On-line honors applications to avoid the complications and slow-downs that occur when documents are submitted in the last week or so prior to the December 1 deadline.  Nothing closes or cuts-off on October 15.  The recommended application date is there to remind Plan II applicants that Plan II conducts rolling admissions.  Plan II reviews applications in the order that the applications are completed.  The later an applicant completes the application, the later that application will be reviewed.  Because we will have been offering admission to complete applicants beginning in October, there will be fewer spots available later in the cycle when the applications completed closer to the December 1 deadline are reivewed.  Fewer available spaces means a lower likelihood of admission.  Competition will be stiffer as fewer spots are available. 

  • Plan II admission offers are non-binding and non-exclusive regardless of the date of the offer of admission
  • Submitting an application on or before October 15 will not guarantee early notification or increase the likelihood of admission.

December 1

Freshman Scholarship Application (FSA) deadline:  Students must complete the FSA to be eligible for any and all merit-based scholarships offered through UT and Plan II Honors.  To access and submit the FSA, applicants must first complete and SUBMIT the ApplyTexas  application (including all supporting documents).  Every Plan II applicant should be sure to complete this application; it is the basis of all merits scholarships.  Financial need is not a factor.

December 1

This is the final UT and Plan II application deadline for freshman admission in the fall semester. 

This is a DUE-DATE, not a “postmarked by” date!  ALL application materials must be received at the UT Office of Admission by December 1. 

Plan II strongly suggests that all applicants strive to complete the application by the October 15 recommended application submission date.

March 1: 

Recommended deadline for fall applicants to submit the FAFSA

March 15: 

FAFSA Priority Deadline – students and their families should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Completing the FAFSA (along with the FSA and the UT OSFS application) makes financial need available to students for:

Many federal and state grants that are need-based, Plan II scholarship awards that are both merit-based and need-based, and loan packages.  Every Plan II applicant should complete the FAFSA  regardless of the family's financial situation.  NOTE FAFSA Priority Deadline:  March 15.

Last year, high school counselors worked tirelessly to ensure students applied for financial aid on time, and their work did not go unnoticed, especially by the Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS).  In fact, OSFS received more than 25,000 FAFSAs before the priority deadline, thereby ensuring that each student who filed one of those FAFSAs secured a priority "space," which increased their opportunity to receive the most favorable financial package—one that includes as much grant funding as possible.

What does an earlier FAFSA priority deadline mean for incoming students? 

    • The deadline matches the date by which the state requires students to file FAFSAs in order to have priority for Top 10% Scholarships.
    • Considering the time it takes to receive W-2's from employers, it also gives students and parents approximately six weeks to complete IRS tax forms that yield key FAFSA data.
    • And March 15 also falls on a day when most high schools in Texas are on Spring Break. This means that families should have less stress to complete the application without having to juggle after-school activities.

Deciding which university to attend can be a difficult decision for families to make, and historically, the earlier a financial aid award letter is received by a student, the earlier a decision can be made. A March 15 deadline will allow OSFS to make award letters available in mid- to late-March, giving students time to evaluate the award before making the decision to attend.

Complete the FAFSA, using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool!

The U.S. Department of Education has now partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to establish the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which enables applicants to securely transfer income information from the IRS database to the FAFSA application. Once applicants arrive at the “Financial Information” step on the FAFSA, they will have the option of using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or transferring their information manually. Students should keep in mind that the tool is available only after the family’s previous year taxes are filed. Although it isn’t necessary to file taxes before applying for financial aid, doing so will make the application process simpler.

On or before March 31

Plan II admission notification will be mailed to applicants who have not yet received a Plan II admission decision.

May 1

Final deadline to accept or decline a Plan II admission offer and pay the $200 enrollment fee to UT Austin.  Again, this is a due-date, not a “postmarked by” date!

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