Tuition and Financial Aid

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 grants, loans, and part-time employment or any combination of those programs. Limited numbers of scholarships are available. The total amount of aid a 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 Student Services Building, (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

Changes in regulations or policy on a federal, state, university, private lending, or donor level could affect the types of programs, amounts available, and/or program requirements. A complete overview of the cost of attending the University is available on our website at


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. UT Dallas' estimated cost of attendance 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, transportation, and a limited amount for other personal expenses are the basic components of student budgets.

Financial need is the difference between the cost 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 a federal calculation reflecting total family income, assets, household size and the number of dependent children currently attending post-secondary educational institutions. Parents are expected to provide financial support to their children to the extent they are able 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, emancipated minors, verifiable unaccompanied homeless youths, veterans, active duty military, 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) to apply for federal, state, and/or institutional aid.

Applying for Financial Aid

Students must complete a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. Any additional required supporting documents must also be submitted for each academic year. The FAFSA is available January 1st of each year for the subsequent academic year. The awarding of need based financial aid is based on the results of each year's FAFSA.

Required Course Load

The course load requirement for students receiving each type of aid, with the exception of the Federal Pell Grant, is at least one-half the normal course load. Undergraduate students must maintain no fewer than 6 credit hours for each term of enrollment to be considered half time for Financial Aid purposes. 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. 

Revocation of Financial Aid

The University reserves the right to adjust or cancel awarded financial aid when the information used to make the award changes. Partial or full repayment of awards may be required.

Any change in a recipient's financial situation, such as additional grants, scholarships, or private student loans, must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Federal law governing the administration of financial aid requires UT Dallas to consider most forms of grants, scholarships and private loans, without regard to the source or how the aid is disbursed, when awarding federal student financial aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid

The University of Texas at Dallas has a “Satisfactory Academic Progress” policy for a student receiving federal and University student financial assistance.

Generally, students are expected to remain in good standing by the satisfactory completion of a minimum number of credit hours, based on a percentage of the credit hours attempted and completed for each term of enrollment. This completion rate may vary depending on the student’s academic level and credit hour load. In addition, undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale on course work completed at the University. For more detailed information the student should contact the Financial Aid Office. This information is also available online at the Financial Aid Office web site at A link to the website is provided on award email notifications.

Selective Service

Male students between the ages of 18 and 26 must register with Selective Service to qualify for Federal and Texas student loans or grant programs. Students may register with Selective Service or verify their registration at