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Financial Aid

The Student Financial Aid Office is available to assist students in obtaining funds to attend the university. Aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and part time employment or any combination of those programs. Limited numbers of scholarships are available. The total amount of aid the student receives depends on the level of financial need, submission of appropriate financial information and applications, academic records, and the availability of funds.

Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to obtain appropriate application materials and to determine eligibility for the various forms of aid available. The Financial Aid Office is located in the Hoblitzelle Hall, (972) 883 2941. Students may also apply for financial aid, check the status of their application, or contact the Financial Aid Office through our website at http://financial-aid.utdallas.edu/.

Information concerning student financial aid is accurate at the time of printing. Changes in regulations or policy on a federal, state, university, private lending, or donor level could affect the types of programs and amounts available, and/or program requirements.


Most of the aid listed in this catalog is awarded on the basis of financial need. Students are encouraged to determine the amount of resources that they can provide toward their education and to compare it with the average cost of attending the university. Student budgets are reviewed annually in accordance with federal and state guidelines. Federal guidelines outline what can be included in student budgets. The costs of tuition and fees, books and supplies, an average room and board cost, in city transportation, and a limited amount for other personal expenses are the basic components of student budgets. When documentation is presented, the cost of childcare and costs of the student’s out-of-pocket expenses related to the student’s medical disability can also be included.

Financial need is the difference between the costs of attending the university and the amount a student and/or family can reasonably provide. The amount of the expected family contribution is based on federal guidelines reflecting total family income, assets, and number of dependent children currently attending post secondary educational institutions. Family contribution is expected unless it is clearly established that the student is independent of any family support.

In determining whether a student is considered independent or self supporting, the Financial Aid Office adheres to the standards set by the Department of Education to establish applicant’s dependency status. Students 24 years or older are considered financially independent. Students under the age of 24 are considered financially dependent unless they are orphans, wards of the court, veterans, graduate students, married, or unmarried but with legal dependents. Both self supporting and dependent students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form in order that a determination can be made of the expected resources available to the applicants.

Renewal of Financial Aid

For a student to be considered for a renewal of financial aid, a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and supporting documents must be submitted for each academic year. The awarding of renewal aid is subject to the same considerations used in awarding all previous financial assistance.

Required Course Load

The course load requirement for students receiving each type of aid is at least one half the normal course load. Aid recipients should not reduce their course loads below the qualifying minimum hours as it may affect receiving financial assistance at a later date. Undergraduate students must maintain no fewer than 6 credit hours for each term of enrollment. There is no distinction between a regular, long semester and a short summer term when determining the required course load. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office before they reduce their course load to determine what effect the reduced course load will have on current and future financial aid eligibility.

Selective Service

Male students between the ages of 18 and 26 must be registered with Selective Service to qualify for Federal student loans or grant programs. This includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal College Work Study, Federal Stafford Student/Plus Loans, and Federal Perkins Loans. The Selective Service requirement also applies to Texas student loans and grant programs. Students may register with Selective Service by visiting their local postal office or using the World Wide Web at http://www4.sss.gov/regver/Register1.asp. Students wanting to verify their Selective Service registration may do so on the World Wide Web at http://www4.sss.gov/regver/verify.asp.

Types of Financial Aid


This catalog is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and The University of Texas at Dallas or The University of Texas System. The University of Texas at Dallas reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Statement on Equal Educational Opportunity
The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is also prohibited pursuant to University policy.