Tuition and Financial Aid
The Office of Financial Aid 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. The total amount of aid a student receives depends on the student's cost of attendance, expected family contribution, meeting application deadlines, outside resources, academic history, and the availability of funds.
Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid to obtain appropriate application materials and to determine eligibility for the various forms of aid available. Students may visit the Office of Financial Aid website for up-to-date information. The Office of Financial Aid is located in the Student Services Building and can be reached by phone at 972-883-2941.
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 estimated cost of attending the University is available on our website at www.utdallas.edu/student/finaid/Estimated_Costs.htm.
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 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. Unusual expenses, such as childcare costs or educational costs related to the student's medical disability, may be considered when they have been properly documented.
Financial need is the difference between the cost of attending the University and the amount a student and family can reasonably provide. The amount of the expected family contribution is based on a federal formula reflecting total family income, assets, household size, and the number of family members 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 Office of Financial Aid adheres to the standards set by the U.S. Department of Education to establish an 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.
Applying for Financial Aid
Eligible students must complete a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to begin the financial aid process each academic year. Any additional required supporting documents must also be submitted for each academic year. The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.gov on January 1st of each year for the subsequent academic year. Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, however, the FAFSA can be completed as early as the October preceeding the academic year. The awarding of need-based financial aid is based on the results of each year's FAFSA.
If you do not meet federal eligibility requirements to be considered a citizen or eligible non-citizen, but have been classified as a Texas resident and are therefore eligible to pay the Texas in-state tuition rate, you must complete a paper version of the Texas Application for Student Financial Aid (TASFA) available to be downloaded and printed at www.collegeforalltexans.com. This must be submitted directly to the Office of Financial Aid.
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 semester 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 semester course load. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid before they reduce their course load to determine what effect the reduced course load will have on current and future financial aid eligibility.
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. If you do not meet federal eligibility requirements to be considered a citizen or eligible non-citizen, but have been classified as a Texas resident and are therefore eligible to pay the Texas in-state tuition rate, you must complete a paper version of the Texas Application for Student Financial Aid (TASFA) available to be downloaded and printed at www.collegeforalltexans.com. This must be submitted directly to the Office of Financial Aid.
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 Office of Financial Aid. Federal law governing the administration of financial aid requires UT Dallas to consider most forms of grants, scholarships, and private loans as a resource, without regard to the source or how the aid is disbursed, when awarding federal student financial aid.
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 type and amount of programs available and/or program requirements. The Office of Financial Aid has detailed information available upon request.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid
The University of Texas at Dallas has a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy for financial aid recipients.
Students must successfully complete a percentage of all attempted hours that is in line with completing their degree requirements within the overall maximum time frame for a degree program. This is called a pace rate requirement and is evaluated each term. The pace rate is calculated by dividing the student's overall successfully completed hours by the student's overall attempted hours. The undergraduate student pace rate requirement is graduated by overall attempted hour ranges. Undergraduate students may receive financial aid for up to 125 percent of the hours required to complete their degree program. In addition, undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above on coursework completed at the University.
This information is also available online at the Office of Financial Aid website. A link to the website is provided on award notifications.
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 by visiting their local post office or online; they can also verify their registration at www.sss.gov.
Effective January 1, 1998, the selective service requirement is also applicable to students applying for financial assistance funded by State revenue.