Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid and Scholarships

UT Tyler offers financial aid to students on the basis of need, and institutional scholarships on the basis of merit. Financial aid consists of grants, student employment, and loans. Students may receive one or more awards and must apply each year for all types of funding.

Financial Aid

The primary purpose of financial aid programs is to assist eligible students with paying educational costs. These federal, state, and institutional funds provide assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to attend college. An applicant’s need for financial aid is analyzed on an individual basis and need is determined by subtracting the expected family contribution from the estimated educational costs. Applications for financial aid are accepted and considered without discrimination on any basis prohibited by law, including, but not limited to, race, color, age, national origin, sex, veteran status, religion, or disability.

Students subject to selective service registration will be required to file a statement that the student has registered or is exempt from selective service registration in order to be eligible to apply for federal and/or state financial aid.

Applying for Financial Aid

The student is responsible for proper completion and submission of all required documents. Students applying for most federal and state financial aid programs must demonstrate financial need.

Applicants must:

  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online at;
  • be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or U.S. Permanent Resident; 
  • be admitted to the University as a regular student and enroll in a degree-seeking program;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress (qualitative and quantitative);
  • meet all federal and state program requirements.

House Bill 1403/Senate Bill 1528 Students:

  • must be classified as a Texas resident and eligible to pay in-state tuition rate (not due to receipt of a scholarship and/or waiver)
  • must register with Selective Service (males 18 and 25 years old)
  • must complete the TASFA financial aid application to be considered for the TEXAS grant

State Grant and Scholarship Programs - Priority deadline date for complete FAFSA submission is January 15.

Federal and Institutional Financial Aid Programs - Priority deadline date for FAFSA submission is January 15th for Fall and November 1st for Spring.

Award offers are contingent upon financial need and continued funding from each federal, state, and institutional program.

Financial Aid Programs

Students will find a wide range of grant, loan, employment, and tuition exemption and waiver programs available at UT Tyler. For additional information and program requirements, refer to:

Grant Programs

Federal Pell Grant

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant 

Texas Public Educational Grant 

TEXAS Grant 

Education Affordability Grant

Loan Programs

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Stafford, Unsubsidized Stafford, PLUS/GradPLUS)

Texas B-on-Time Loan

Employment Programs

Federal Work Study 

Texas Work Study 

Working to Success

Texas Mentorship Work Study

Students should visit the Career Services Office or for on-campus student employment, job searching tips, interview skills, resume writing, and etc. Students should also enroll in PatriotJobs for additional employment assistance and appointments (a username and password is required).

Financial Aid Programs for Texas Residents

For a complete listing of all exemptions, and waivers, scholarships, and grants offered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, please refer to:

Tuition Exemptions and Waivers

Hazlewood Exemption for Veterans and their Dependents

Blind/Deaf Student Exemption

Highest Ranking High School Graduate

Senior Citizen, 65 or Older, Free Tuition for 6 Credit Hours

Senior Citizen, 65 or Older, Free Tuition for Auditing Classes

U.S. Military Stationed in Texas

Tuition Exemption for Current or Former Foster Care Students under the Conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Exemption for the Surviving Spouse and Minor Children of Certain Deceased Public Servants (Employees)

Adopted Students Formerly in Foster or Residential Care

Children of Professional Nurse Faculty and Staff

Clinical Preceptors and their children

TANF Exemption

Children of Disabled or Deceased Firemen, Peace Officers, Game Wardens, and Employees of Correctional Institutions

Exemption for Peace Officers Disabled in the Line of Duty

Peace Officers Enrolled in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice Courses

Children of U.S. Military who are Missing in Action or Prisoners of War (MIA/POWs)

State Sponsored Scholarships

Fifth Year Accounting Student Scholarship

State Sponsored Grants


Texas Public Educational Grant


Scholarships offered at The University of Texas at Tyler are designed to attract and retain outstanding degree seeking students. To be considered, students must be accepted for admission to UT Tyler and if required, submit an application for scholarship on-line. A complete list of scholarships available to students is provided at

It is required that all scholarship applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if they are eligible to submit a FAFSA. Awarding of academic scholarships is based primarily on predictors of academic success, such as high school class rank, standardized test scores, and prior college grades.

UT Tyler offers the following scholarships:

New Freshman Scholarships

New Transfer Scholarships 

Graduate Student Scholarships

College Scholarships (UT Tyler returning students only)

Talent Scholarships

Alumni Scholarships

Teachers in Excellence Scholarship

Junior College, Community College, University Employee Scholarships

Veteran Scholarship Program