Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Figuring out how to pay for college is the next step in making your dream a reality. UTSA is dedicated to helping students obtain financial resources to achieve their educational goals. While applying for financial aid may seem overwhelming, we’re here to help guide you through the process.

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When should you apply?

Important Application Dates

It’s always better to apply early for financial aid. For first time freshman, this means you will apply for aid during your senior year of high school. Here are some key dates you need to know:

  • FAFSA – The FAFSA application always opens on October 1.
  • FAFSA – The priority deadline to submit your FAFSA application is January 15 for the upcoming year.
  • TASFA – The deadline to submit your TASFA application is January 15 for the upcoming year.

Pro-tip: Don’t forget to apply for financial aid every year!

Financial Aid Applications


To know what you qualify for in financial aid, you must submit a FAFSA to UTSA. Submit your FAFSA before the financial aid priority deadline to maximize your opportunity for grants. (Read: free money!)

For U.S. Citizens, we use the The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, as our financial aid application. We use the information you submit to determine your eligibility for grants, scholarships, loans and work-study options. You can begin filling out the FAFSA on October 1. UTSA’s FAFSA code is 010115.

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If you are a non-citizen, you may be eligible to be classified as a Texas resident for tuition purposes. If so, you may also be eligible to receive state financial aid.

More Info on TASFA

Bold Promise

Bold Promise

UTSA Bold Promise is our commitment to offer high-quality, affordable education to incoming freshmen who come from middle – and low-income Texas families.

Incoming fall freshmen who qualify by the January 15 financial aid priority deadline will have their tuition covered 100% for eight fall/spring semesters. The semesters must be taken consecutively within a 4-year time period (approx. $40,000 value across four years) and eligibility must be maintained. Tuition is covered by scholarships, grants and tuition exemptions from federal, state and institutional funds.

More Info on Bold Promise

Awarding Process

Types of Aid

UTSA offers a variety of financial aid that spans from grants, scholarships, work study, and loans. Pro-tip: Be admitted and submit your FAFSA or TASFA by the deadlines to ensure your considered for the most aid possible.

More Info on Types of Aid

Award Offer

You must be admitted to UTSA and have a financial aid application on file in order to be offered financial aid. First-time students will be emailed and sent a paper award offer  in the mail once awarded.

Pro-tip: It’s important to know the cost of attending UTSA and that you understand your offers before you accept.

More Info on Cost of Attending

More Info on Understanding Your Offer

More Info on Freshmen Award Offers

Outstanding Requirements

There will be financial aid requirements you must complete each year. Your outstanding requirements can be found on your ASAP account under the Financial Aid tab (Note: You will be prompted to authenticate yourself through your DUO account when trying to access information after this point. Don’t have a DUO account? Click here to learn how to set it up.). Once in, select the Eligibility link and click on Student Requirements for the correct year.

Pro-tip: Be sure to submit your paperwork as quickly as possible for processing. You should also check your email regularly as you will be notified if anything is outstanding.