Welcome to Financial Aid

Financial Aid Payment Deadline?

If you are a financial aid applicant who has been granted an extended payment deadline, you will receive a positive “hold” that prevents your registration from being cancelled while your financial aid funds are being processed. The hold can be viewed on your Orion Student Center and does not prevent you from enrolling in classes in any way.

What does this hold mean? Why is it on my account? What is the due date for having my UT Dallas Bursar’s Office balance paid?

Read more about payment deadlines and financial aid.

Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

Over the past several years the United States Department of Education and the IRS have cooperated to provide students and parents the option of importing into the FAFSA information from their income tax return.   The Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) has been effective in helping parents and students provide the information needed to correctly complete the FAFSA.  As of March 6, 2017 the Data Retrieval Tool has not been available.  The IRS has notified schools that a technical issue has caused them to turn off this feature.  The FAFSA can still be completed, but applicants will need to transfer information from their 2015 tax return (not 2016) to the application manually.  A recent announcement from the IRS and the Department of Education indicates that the DRT is not likely to be available again until October.  Students should not delay completing the FAFSA waiting for DRT to be available.

Enrollment Status

For financial aid and enrollment verification purposes, your enrollment status (e.g. half-time, three quarters-time, full-time, etc.) is dependent upon your academic level as well as the number of financial aid-eligible semester credit hours in which you enroll.

Read more about enrollment status.

How to Submit Documents

If you decide to send us a document as an email attachment, the preferable format is PDF. You should send the document to [email protected] If you decide to deliver the document to our office, you should bring it to the first floor of the Student Services Building during business hours.

2017-2018 Financial Aid

The 2017-2018 FAFSA is available on-line at  When UT Dallas receives the results of the FAFSA we will send you an email, letting you know we have it.  At that point you should check your To Do list in Orion to determine if we need additional documentation.

Orientation Presentations

Please see the following Orientation slides from the Office of the Registrar, Bursar’s Office, and the Office of Financial Aid.

General Information

Office of Financial Aid

Office of the Registrar

Bursar Office

Census Date

The financial aid census date for the fall term is September 6th.  This is the census date for the entire semester, including second session classes. (The Office of the Registrar has different census dates than does the Office of Financial Aid.) To be considered for financial aid eligibility, you must be registered for classes on our census date. To view other important academic dates, see the academic calendar.


Manage Your Money

Financial aid funds are disbursed in lump sums. This makes budgeting a critical part of most students’ lives. The federal government provides a great tool for creating a budget. Also, check out the Student Success Center’s Comet Cents program.

Interested in Work Study?

Have you been offered work-study but don’t know where to begin? Check out the Career Center for more information.


If you register for classes at another school at the same time you are attending UT Dallas:

  • If you are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant program, you can receive this grant at only one school at a time.
  • You must notify us if you are receiving federal or state grants or loans from another school while attending UT Dallas.
  • UT Dallas will process financial aid for your registered UT Dallas classes. We do not process financial aid for classes taken at other schools.
  • For academic requirements regarding the transferability of off-campus coursework, see your academic advisor.