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Grants

Grants are funds that normally do not require repayment. Due to limited funds, most state grant funds may not be available to students who complete financial aid applications after the published priority dates.

Please complete your 2021-2022 FAFSA application, turn in all requested documents, and be admitted to UTA by January 15, 2021, in order to qualify for maximum grant funding for the 2021-2022 aid year.

Students who complete applications or are admitted after January 15 will receive a financial aid offer based on available funds at the time the application is completed. 

Undergraduate students must enroll full-time to receive maximum grant funding. If you enroll less than full-time, most grants (including the Federal Pell Grant) will prorate based on your enrollment. 

Graduate students must enroll at least half-time to qualify for state grant funding.

The charts below details enrollment definitions at UTA.

Fall and Spring semesters

Career Half-Time Enrollment Three-Quarter Time Full-Time Enrollment
Undergraduate 6-8 Credit Hours 9-11 Credit Hours 12+ Credit Hours
Graduate 5-8 Credit Hours N/A 9+ Credit Hours
Graduate Nursing 3-5 Credit Hours N/A 6+ Credit Hours

Summer semesters

Career Half-Time Enrollment Three-Quarter Time Full-Time Enrollment
Undergraduate 6-8 Credit Hours 9-11 Credit Hours 12+ Credit Hours
Graduate 3-5 Credit Hours N/A 6+ Credit Hours
Graduate Nursing 3-5 Credit Hours N/A 6+ Credit 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/state grant funds offered 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 $5,846 may be eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant. Annual offers for 2021-2022 range from $336 to $6,495. The amount a student can receive is based on a federally mandated formula approved by the United States Congress.

Students must enroll full-time to receive their full Pell Grant eligibility for the semester. If you enroll less than full-time, your Pell Grant will prorate accordingly based on your enrollment.

PLEASE NOTE: Not all students qualify to receive a Pell Grant for less than full-time enrollment. Please contact us if you have questions regarding how your enrollment affects your aid.

Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one college or university during the same semester. 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, they have met the Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) and are no longer eligible to receive grant funds through this program.

Summer Pell Grant Recalculation: All Summer 2021 Pell Grant amounts will be adjusted (decreased/increased) for all Summer enrollment changes (added/dropped courses) through July 16, 2021.

HEERF II Emergency Grants: Through the federal HEERF Act, UTA can provide financial assistance to eligible students facing additional expenses due to COVID-19. Find more information here.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) -- These federal grants are offered to assist undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. These grants do not prorate, but half-time enrollment is required to qualify for a disbursement.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG): A federal grant to qualifying students with a parent or guardian who died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. If a student is eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, he or she cannot receive an IASG.

If you believe you qualify for the IASG, please contact us.

Texas Public Education Grants (TPEG) -- These grants are designated to pay tuition and fees and are available to both graduate and undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. At least half-time enrollment is required to qualify for a disbursement, and undergraduate grants prorate based on enrollment.

Mav Grants -- These grants are designated to pay tuition and fees and are available to both graduate and undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need who are bona fide Texas residents. At least half-time enrollment is required to qualify for a disbursement, and undergraduate grants prorate based on enrollment.

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 date for first-time applicants is January 15.

You can view our TEXAS Grant page for a complete list of eligibility criteria, including the Priority Model Requirements. Available funding and maximum offer amounts are determined by the Texas state legislature.

The TEXAS Grant requires students to be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours to qualify for a disbursement.

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

Federal TEACH Grant --This grant is available to undergraduate and graduate students who plan to teach in designated shortage teaching areas at low income Title I schools. The student must teach at least four out of the eight years upon graduating or ceasing to be enrolled. Students may receive up to $3,772 per year, but the grant reverts to an Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan if the teaching obligation is not met. For more information, visit the UTA College of Education's Teach Grant webpage.

State Scholarships, Waivers and Exemptions -- The state of Texas provides additional funds for students in specific situations. Please contact the Office of Student Accounts for more information.