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Applying for Financial Aid

Financial aid consists of federal, state and institutional funds such as grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. To apply for these funds, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the applicable aid year. The application must be completed each year.

Eligibility requirements

To receive financial aid, students must be actively seeking a degree at UTSA (Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral) or an approved 2-year certification program.

Currently, K-12 teaching certification is the only approved certification program for financial aid at UTSA. Other certification programs, such as principal certification, paralegal studies, urban and regional planning, higher education, etc., are not approved programs for financial aid.

Non-degree-seeking students or those who are taking classes as prerequisites and do not pursue a degree at UTSA do not qualify for financial aid.

General award criteria

Students must be admitted to UTSA to be given a financial aid award. In general, financial aid is awarded based on the following:

  • Availability of funds
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Academic performance
  • New student admittance to the University by March 15 for fall
  • UTSA's receipt of a FAFSA free from rejects by March 15
  • UTSA's receipt of the General Scholarship Application by February 15

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