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The Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) committee has reviewed students who completed their application by the priority deadline, and offers have been mailed to qualifying recipients.
If you would like to initiate a reconsideration with the Academic Excellence Scholarship committee, please submit the following AES Reconsideration form by March 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Students qualifying for an award or change to award will be notified on March 15, 2021.

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; while a separate scholarship application is not required, students are encouraged to include supplemental materials such as an essay, a resume, and up to three letters of recommendation. Students are awarded AES on the basis of overall academic accomplishments, community involvement, leadership and distinction in extracurricular activities, work experiences and/or any national recognition or achievement.

AES Awarding Timeline

All UT Dallas applications are considered for an Academic Excellence Scholarship. 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

To be eligible for AES review, an applicant must:

  • Be a first-time freshman applicant admitted to UT Dallas for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation
  • Submit a complete application file by the December 1 priority deadline, including:
    • Application through Apply Texas or the Common Application
    • Official high school transcripts
    • SAT/ACT test scores or submit the Applying without Score form
    • Any selected supplemental materials for those indicating they are applying without SAT or ACT scores through the Applying without Score form

AES Awarding Timeline:

    • Students who are awarded AES typically will be notified on a rolling basis starting in late December

Depending on available funding, the committee may continue to review application files completed after the December 1 priority deadline. With the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic brings, we remain committed to reviewing and revising our policies as needed to best serve prospective students and their families.

AES Review Criteria

Applicants are reviewed individually and holistically for AES. Consideration is given to the following factors:

    • Overall grades in academic coursework and trends in achievement
    • Strength of high school curriculum, including level of rigor (AP, IB, dual credit)
    • High school rank and GPA
  • SAT I or ACT test scores, if available
  • Information provided in the résumé, optional essay and/or optional letters of recommendation
    • Applicants may submit one essay on any topic from Apply Texas or the Common Application
    • Letters of recommendation are suggested, but not required, and limited to a maximum of three

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 award process is competitive and previous years should not be used to set expectations for scholarship awards.

UT Dallas Scholarships and Financial Aid

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

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