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UT Scholarships
UT Scholarships

UT Scholarship Information

UT offers generous scholarships and grants based on academic achievement, talent and financial need. Getting a college degree is a huge life step, and for many students it is also their first big financial investment. The question on the minds of many incoming students and their families is how to balance higher education opportunities with affordability. About 54% of full-time Texas resident undergraduate students receive financial aid defined as grants, scholarships, exemptions and waivers. Whether the funds come from the university, private foundations, donors or other entities, these investments contribute to students succeeding at the university. Where can a UT student apply for a scholarship

Presidential Scholars Award

Incoming freshmen with excellent academic credentials and high financial need are selected for the prestigious Presidential Scholars program. Presidential Scholars 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) Scholarship

ULN is a nationally recognized incentive-based scholarship program. Each year, 500 incoming freshmen with demonstrated financial need are selected to receive up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year for four years) and participate in ULN’s four-year program, which is focused on academic and leadership skills to facilitate timely graduation.

Texas Advance Commitment Award

The University of Texas System Board of Regents announced on July 9, 2019, a significant expansion of the Texas Advance Commitment to increase tuition assistance for UT students and make a UT education even more affordable. Starting in fall 2020, Texas students with family adjusted gross incomes (AGI) of up to $125,000 will be eligible for additional need-based aid to offset the costs of tuition. Tuition will be completely covered for families with an AGI of up to $65,000. With this expansion of the Texas Advance Commitment beginning in fall 2020, incoming and continuing students, including both first-time-in-college and transfer students, will be eligible.

Faculty-Led UT Scholarships

  • UT offers scholarships for Maymester, Summer and Fall faculty-led programs.
  • Award range from $1,000 - $3,000.
  • Admissions to a specific program may be required.
  • Apply in Global Assist.

Dr. Ivy McQuiddy Scholarship

  • Every student going for the full academic year to non-traditional locations is eligible.
  • Recipients are chosen internally and awarded in the spring for the following academic year.
  • Amount: $1,000 (one award given).
  • No application required.

International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS)

  • Every student should apply.
  • Deadlines: Fall: March 1, Spring: October 1, Summer: February 15.
  • Competition opens on the first day of class for each long semester.
  • Additional Information: Bi-annual local competition. Competition for study or research overseas. Awards are based both on merit and need.
  • Apply in Global Assist.

Liberal Arts Council (LAC) Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Every student in the College of Liberal Arts should apply.
  • Deadline: mid-October and early March.
  • Amount: At least $500. Usually, 4-7 scholarships in varying amounts from $500-$1,500 are given.

Plan II Honors - Travel Grants

  • Every Plan II Honors student should apply.
  • Deadlines: Early March (summer/fall programs), Late October (spring programs/Maymesters).
  • Award amounts typically range between $500 and $2,000.

School of Architecture - Independent Research Travel Scholarships

Betty Cotten Memorial/Flying Longhorns Education Abroad Scholarship

  • For current UT upper-division undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens and have been accepted into an official UT study abroad program. Academic excellence and financial need will be considered. This scholarship is designed to cover partial program costs. The students will have to complete the general Texas Exes scholarship application, the continuing student application and then the additional Betty Cotten Memorial application. The deadline to apply is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.
  • The application for the Betty Cotton Memorial/Flying Longhorns Scholarship will require an essay that addresses the following: (1) information about the student's study abroad program, including why the student chose the specific program and (2) how the student's participation in the study abroad program will help the student achieve the student's academic and/or career goals.
  • More information on the Betty Cotten Memorial/Flying Longhorns Education Abroad Scholarship can be found in the Texas Exes Scholarship database. Many application questions can be answered on the Texas Exes Scholarships web page.
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GlobalAustin awards two $1,000 scholarships to UT Austin students for international exchange every year.
  • The Cleo S. Selinger Scholarship is awarded to a student who will study abroad through a UT Austin program that is at least one semester in length.
  • The Joe W. Neal Scholarship is awarded to an international student pursuing an undergraduate degree at UT Austin.
For application materials and more information, visit the GlobalAustin Scholarships Supporting Exchange web page.

Senate of College Councils Study Abroad Scholarship

The Senate of College Councils Academic Enrichment Committee Study Abroad Scholarship is designed to assist a student studying abroad in an upcoming academic year. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants:
  • Must have attended UT for at least two semesters, or must currently be enrolled in the 2nd semester (classification after completion of the Spring semester).
  • Students must also currently have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and must be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants will be scored in consideration of merit, financial need and acceptance to a UT affiliated study abroad program.
This scholarship is open to all undergraduate students, including international students, who are studying abroad in Maymester or Summer Programs.
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