Figuring out how to pay for college is an important part of getting ready for UTSA. One way is to apply for scholarships because they provide financial aid that you don’t have to pay back. Although some scholarships are awarded automatically, most require an application separate from completing the FAFSA.
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General Scholarships through Financial Aid & Scholarships Office
UTSA offers many general scholarships through the UTSA Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, which vary in eligibility requirements and award amounts. These scholarships are funded by donors and endowments and can vary from year to year. As an incoming freshman or transfer student, you must submit the Scholarship Hub’s General Application on the UTSA Scholarship Hub. Find out more information on how to apply for General Scholarships.
Colleges and Departmental Scholarships
UTSA colleges and departments offer scholarships for students who have declared majors and degrees in their area. Please visit the UTSA Scholarship Hub to access the applications offered by the various UTSA colleges and departments.
Outside scholarships are available to students from various donors outside of the University of Texas at San Antonio (such as scholarship organizations, foundations and businesses). The vast majority of these scholarships can be found by using online scholarship search engines.
Distinguished Presidential Scholarship
for Fall Freshmen Applicants
Fall Priority Deadline: Jan 15
Fall admitted freshmen will be given automatic consideration for this scholarship based on academic merit. This scholarship is valued up to $20,000, while funding is available, for up to four years if renewal eligibility is maintained. The value is awarded on a competitive basis.
More Info: DPS Scholarship
Distinguished Transfer Scholarship
for Fall/Spring Transfer Applicants
Fall Priority Deadline: May 1
Spring Priority Deadline: Oct 15
Admitted transfer students transferring at least 24 credit hours at the time of admission will be given automatic consideration based on academic merit. This scholarship is valued up to $6,000, while funding is available, for up to two years or four semesters if renewal eligibility is maintained. The value is awarded on a competitive basis.
More Info: DTS Scholarship
Apply for Scholarships
Scholarship Hub’s General Application
for Fall Freshman & Transfer Applicants
Deadline: Jan 15
UTSA’s Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships oversees a range of scholarships that are funded by the university and donors. To be considered for these, you must submit the Scholarship Hub’s General Application on the UTSA Scholarship Hub by Jan 15.
More Info: Scholarship HUB
for Freshman Applicants
Deadline: Jan 1
Summer and Fall applicants who demonstrate leadership potential and financial need may be eligible for the Terry Scholarship. Freshmen must be admitted by Jan 1 to be considered. Once admitted to the university, the most competitive candidates will be invited to apply. For more information and eligibility criteria, visit Terry Scholars.
More Info: Terry Scholar
UTSA Top Scholar Program
for Fall Freshman Applicants
Freshman Deadline: Dec 1
The UTSA Top Scholar program is a 4-year enhanced experience and scholarship covering tuition, fees, housing and meals. First-time freshmen who are in the top 5%, have a 1440 SAT / 32 ACT and are a Texas resident are encouraged to apply at Top Scholars by Dec 1.
More Info: Top Scholar
UTSA ACE Scholar Program
The Access College and Excel (ACE) Scholar Program promotes academic success through a variety of programs including tutoring, mentoring, and dedicated academic advising to help incoming freshman from one of 14 San Antonio high schools (Brackenridge, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Sam Houston, Southside, Southwest) to transition from high school to college as successful as possible. Students could receive up to $2,5000 over the course of 2 years.
More Info: Ace Scholar
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (Transfers)
for Fall/Spring Transfer Applicants
Fall Deadline: May 1
Spring Deadline: October 15
Incoming transfers who are members of Phi Theta Kappa, who have a 3.0 GPA and are a Texas resident can apply for the UTSA Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship of $1,000 ($500 per semester). Funding for this scholarship is limited, so awards are offered on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted. Students are awarded for four consecutive semesters, not including summer as long as renewal criteria is met.
How to Apply
Eligible admitted students can apply through the UTSA Scholarship Hub.
- Be a member of Phi Theta Kappa and submit proof of membership via the UTSA Scholarship Hub before the deadline
- Must be an incoming first-time transfer student and a Texas Resident
- Be admitted to UTSA by the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship application deadline
- Have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher on all college-level coursework attempted and be in good academic standing
- Must be enrolled full-time during the Fall and Spring semesters at UTSA
- Have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file; however, financial need is not a criterion
Automatic renewal upon completion of the following:
- Must enroll full-time each semester in at least 12 hours for the Fall and Spring semesters
- Must earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher each semester.
- Must have a completed a FAFSA for the following academic year.
More Info: PTK Scholarship
Joint Admissions Scholarship (Transfers)
for Fall/Spring Transfer Applicants from Alamo Colleges
Fall Deadline: May 1
Spring Deadline: Oct 15
Students transferring 24-66 semester credits from one of the five Alamo Colleges who have a 3.0 GPA will be automatically considered for this scholarship of $1,000 per year ($500 per semester). Funding for this scholarship is limited, so awards are offered first-come, first-served, based on student eligibility and earliest date of admission to the university, until funding is exhausted. Note: This is a non- renewable scholarship.
How to Apply
There is no application for the Joint Admissions Scholarship. Applicants must be fully admitted to the university by the submission deadline and meet the following criteria below:
- Must transfer to UTSA from one of the five Alamo Colleges
- Transfer 24-66 semester credits of academic coursework (dual credit and work in progress not included); all coursework must be from Alamo Colleges
- Apply and be admitted by the application deadline
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on all college-level coursework attempted and be in good academic standing
- Must be enrolled full-time during the fall and spring semesters at UTSA
- Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
International Student Grant Program
for international students
The International Student Grant is a need-based award given to international undergraduate students who demonstrate financial aid and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. Awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are exhausted. The maximum award varies depending on the availability of funds.
More Info: International Student Grant Program
Good Neighbor Scholarship
for international students from Western Hemisphere nations
The Good Neighbor Scholarship provides an exemption of tuition for students from the nations of the Western Hemisphere (excluding Cuba). Students may be awarded one year of tuition (fall, spring, and summer). Students are exempt from paying tuition only and must still pay applicable fees.
More Info: Good Neighbor Scholarship
Border County Program
for F-1/J-1 visa students from Mexico
The UTSA Border County Program is a need-based student tuition-assistance program that allows eligible F-1/J-1 visa students from Mexico to pay Texas in-state tuition.
More Info: Border County Program