Eligibility for Financial Aid

When you receive financial aid at UT Dallas you assume certain rights and responsibilities.

To be eligible for federal financial aid you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required)
  • Have financial need as determined by the FAFSA (except for Federal TEACH Grant; unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan or PLUS loans)
  • Be admitted to a degree seeking program at UT Dallas*
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress towards your degree
  • Not be in default on a federal loan or owe a refund or repayment of a federal grant.
  • Meet Financial Aid enrollment requirements. With the exception of the Federal Pell Grant, students must be enrolled and attending at least half-time for financial aid eligibility. For undergraduate students, half-time for financial aid purposes is at least 6 SCH in the fall, spring, and summer term. For graduate students, half-time for financial aid purposes is at least 5 SCH in the fall and spring term and at least 3 SCH in the summer term. To be considered for financial aid eligibility, the classes taken must be required for you to complete your degree. The Office of Financial Aid considers a student to be registered for a class when the student is registered on the Census Date for the full-term session. This date can be found on the Academic Calendar.
  • Enrollment at other colleges and universities is not considered when determining eligibility for financial aid programs administered by UT Dallas.
  • Repeated classes are eligible to be considered for financial aid.  You can retake a class you have previously passed, but this can only be done once. This requirement is separate from the "Texas 3-Peat Rule, which is found at www.utdallas.edu.
  • Please see Types of Financial Aid for further details regarding eligibility requirements specific to each program.

If you do not meet federal eligibility requirements regarding citizenship, but have been classified as a Texas resident and are therefore eligible to pay the Texas in-state tuition rate, you may still be eligible for state or institutional aid. You should submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA), which can be downloaded and printed from our forms page.

The federal Pell Grant program is limited to six years of full-time enrollment, or its equivalent. You can check how much Pell Grant eligibility you have used by visiting nslds.ed.gov.

The federal Stafford Loan program limits eligibility for the subsidized loan to 150 percent of your program's required hours.  Additional information regarding this limit can be found at www.studentloans.gov.

* Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. An exception to this rule are post-baccalaureate students seeking certification as a elementary or secondary school teacher. In this case the otherwise eligible student may receive federal student loans for classes required for teacher certification.







Updated: September 19, 2011