Financing Your Degree - Undergraduate Admissions

Financing Your Degree

Undergraduate Students at College of Fine Arts at UT Austin finance their degrees through combinations of artistic merit (talent-based), financial aid, university merit and private scholarships.

Awards from the College of Fine Arts
Thanks to generous donations from alumni and friends of the College of Fine Arts, Butler School of Music, Department of Art and Art History and Department of Theatre and Dance, undergraduates receive more than $600,000* annually in merit-based support from the College, including approximately $120,000 in artistic-merit awards for incoming students, $430,000 for continuing students and $50,000 in funding for travel to summer programs and professional conferences.
*All figures are approximated.


For more information on how to be considered for artistic merit scholarships, visit: 

Butler School of Music
Department of Art and Art History
Department of Theatre and Dance

Learn more about applying for other university scholarships and private scholarships.

Texas Exes Scholarships
The Forty Acres Scholars Program is the premier full-ride merit-based scholarship for freshman applicants to The University of Texas at Austin. Administered by the Texas Exes, this scholarship program connects scholars with the University's brightest faculty and distinguished alumni.

The College of Fine Arts collaborates with Texas Exes to nominate recipients for new awards available to students majoring in fine arts. Candidates nominated by the College of Fine Arts demonstrate exceptional artistic talent and leadership in the arts. They are self-starters who are making creative contributions to their community through original exhibits, performances, or programming. They are advocates for the arts in their communities and make a social impact through arts-based initiatives.

Freshman applicants who apply first-choice to a major in the College of Fine Arts and complete the Texas Exes Scholarship application by December 1 and complete all Fine Arts requirements for admission, such as an audition, interview or portfolio review are automatically considered for this prestigious program. 

Financial Aid
To be considered for financial aid, all applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than March 15. Aid can come in many forms including grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities and loans.

Matching Community Partnerships
The College of Fine Arts has committed to matching the following community-based scholarships, dollar-for-dollar*, for recipients who major in the College of Fine Arts. Many awards are renewable. Matching is contingent upon students remaining in good-standing and meeting minimum GPA and other requirements for these awards.
*Annual award amounts combined from organization and match may not exceed the cost of annual tuition.

Texas Interscholastic League Foundation (TILF) - COFA will provide a matching scholarship for up to 4 years for a student receiving certain scholarships from the TILF. COFA will provide a one year scholarship to winners of the TILF UIW One-Act Play contest. 

Educational Opportunities (Dallas, TX) – COFA will provide matching scholarship funding for up to 4 years for freshmen that have also received scholarships from Educational Opportunities.

O'Donnell Foundation - COFA will provide up to $4,000 of matching scholarship funding for up to 4 years for students in the UIL AP Arts and Music Theory Scholarship Program that received a scholarship from the O'Donnell Foundation. 

McCallum High SchoolCOFA will provide a matching $1,000 Ruth Denny Memorial Scholarship to any student receiving a scholarship from McCallum High School.