Academic Excellence Scholarships Qualifications

UT Dallas offers Academic Excellence Scholarships (AES) each year to incoming first-time-in-college freshman students admitted for the fall term immediately following high school graduation. Students are automatically considered for an AES award on the basis of their completed application to the university and no other materials are required. Award criteria include standardized test scores and high school academic success evidenced by grades and class rank (if available).

AES Awarding Timeline

All UT Dallas applications are considered for an Academic Excellence Scholarship. This review takes place during the admissions process and award merit scholarships in the admission letter. The priority deadline for admission and scholarship consideration is December 1. We encourage future Comets to explore all scholarship opportunities offered by the university and to complete a FAFSA.

Funds available for each year’s new scholarship awards are limited.

Eligibility and Award Timing

  • First-time freshman applicants admitted to UT Dallas for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation
  • Admitted to UT Dallas
    • Priority AES deadline is December 1
    • UT Dallas applications received after December 1 will be reviewed for AES awards based on funding availability.

Merit-Based Award Factors

  • Strength of high school curriculum including level of rigor (Advanced Placement, IB, dual credit)
  • Grades in all coursework
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Class rank (if applicable)
  • Date of completed university application

No specific achievement in any category of the AES award factors guarantees a scholarship or specific award level.

The quantity and quality of freshman applicants influences the AES awarding process. The quality and number of applicants, as measured by SAT and ACT scores and high school academic success, increases each year. The award process is competitive and previous years should not be used to set expectations for scholarship awards. AES is a merit-based scholarship and is awarded independent of financial need or extenuating circumstances.

Letters of recommendation, essays, or other materials are not considered in the award process and thus new submissions will not initiate a new award.

UT Dallas Scholarships and Financial Aid

UT Dallas offers scholarships and financial aid to help you fund your college education.

UT Dallas Scholarships

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