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Scholarships

Scholarships


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 UTSA General Scholarship 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 provide scholarships for students who have declared specific majors and degrees in their area.

Outside Scholarships

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.

Automatic Scholarships

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 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

UTSA General Scholarship 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 UTSA General Scholarship Application on the UTSA Scholarship Hub by Jan 15.

More Info: General Scholarship

Terry Scholarship

for Freshman & Transfer Applicants

Freshman Deadline: Jan 1

Transfer Deadline: April 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 and Transfers by April 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 terryscholars.utsa.edu.

More Info: Terry Scholars

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 utsa.edu/topscholars by Dec 1.

More Info: Top Scholar

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

for Fall/Spring Transfer Applicants

Fall Deadline: May 1

Spring Deadline: Oct 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 will be able to apply for the scholarship on the UTSA Scholarship Hub.

Criteria

  • 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

Renewals

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.

Joint Admissions Scholarship

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. Applicants must be fully admitted by the scholarship deadline.

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 Scholarships

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

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

Beginning in fall 2020, UTSA will offer two annual, renewable scholarships that cover 50% tuition to selected international undergraduate students dedicated to advancing intercultural learning and understanding at UTSA.

More Info: #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship