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Grants

Grants are funds that normally do not require repayment, and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited funds, most grant funds are no longer available to students who complete financial aid applications after the published deadlines. It is important to submit all requested documents to the Office of Financial Aid by the published priority deadline to be considered for grant funds.

To receive maximum grant funding, you must enroll as a full-time student (12 undergraduate hours and 9 graduate hours). However, a limited number of prorated grants are available to students enrolling for 6 - 11 semester hours.

Students participating in the Accelerated Online programs are only eligible for funding through the Federal Pell Grant, TEXAS Grant, and TPEG programs pending available funding.

UTA reserves the right to reduce or cancel the amount of institutional grant funds awarded to students who receive other scholarship assistance, grant assistance or specific federal, state or institutional tuition waivers or other benefits that are designated to cover tuition and fees.

Federal Pell Grants -- Undergraduate students seeking their first bachelor’s degree who have an EFC between $0 and $5,234 may be eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant. Federal Pell Grant funds are awarded to eligible students before other aid is awarded. The amount of the grant is based on a federally mandated formula approved by the United States Congress. Annual awards for 2017-2018 range from $5,920 to $303. Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one college or university during the same academic term.

Students may receive Federal Pell Grants for up to 6 years of full-time study. Once a student receives Federal Pell Grant funds for 6 years, the student has met the Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) and is no longer eligible to receive grant funds through this program. 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants -- These federal grants are awarded to assist undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.

Texas Public Education Grants -- These grants are available to both graduate and undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need.

Mav Grants -- These grants are available to both graduate and undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need who are bona fide Texas residents.

TEXAS Grants -- These grants are available to undergraduate students who meet both specific academic criteria as well as demonstrated financial need based on available funding. Eligible students must be Texas residents, graduate from a public or accredited private high school in Texas no earlier than Fall 1998 or receive an Associate degree in May 2001 or later, must complete the recommended high school curriculum or its equivalent, and must not be convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance.

The priority deadline for first-time applicants is March 15. For a complete list of TEXAS Grant eligibility criteria, including the Priority Model Requirements, go to: College For All Texans. Available funding and maximum award amounts are determined by the Texas state legislature. New students who wish to be reviewed for TEXAS Grant eligibility may complete the TEXAS Grant Interest Form.

Please Note: State grants cannot be combined. Your full grant eligibility will be awarded from one state grant fund.

Federal TEACH Grant --These grants are available to students who plan to teach in designated shortage teaching areas at low income Title I schools. Students may receive up to $3,724 per year, but the grant reverts to an Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan if the teaching obligation is not met. Please review our TEACH Grant Fact Sheet for additional information.

State Scholarships, Waivers and Exemptions -- The state of Texas provides additional funds for students in specific situations.