Scholarships Basics

What is a scholarshipA scholarship is a form of financial aid given to students to help pay for their education. Most scholarships are restricted to paying all or part of tuition expenses, though some scholarships also cover room and board. Scholarships are a form of gift aid and do not have to be repaid. Many scholarships are restricted to students in specific courses of study or with academic, athletic, or artistic talent.?

A scholarship is a financial award given to a student on the basis of academic achievement and promise. Many scholarships are awarded based on merit. However, some also take into account financial needThe difference between the COA and the EFC is the student's financial need - the gap between the cost of attending the school and the student's resources. The financial aid package is based on the amount of financial need. The process of determining a student's need is known as need analysis.. Scholarships do not have to be repaid.

Information to Keep in Mind

  • Check your myUNT account often.
  • Scholarship and financial aidMoney provided to the student and the family to help them pay for the student's education. Major forms of financial aid include gift aid (grants and scholarships) and self help aid (loans and work). updates are posted to your student account.
  • If you are awarded a scholarship, SFAS will post the award to your myUNT account.
  • Scholarships are considered an educational resource when calculating the amount of other financial aid you can obtain even after you receive a financial aid award letter.
  • Non-Texas residents awarded a competitive scholarship by a recognized UNT scholarship committee for at least $1,000 for the academic yearThe period during which school is in session, consisting of at least 30 weeks of instructional time. The school year typically runs from the beginning of September through the end of May at most colleges and universities. or summer for which they are enrolled may be eligible to pay Texas resident tuition.
  • Information regarding establishing Texas Residency is available at the Registrar’s website.
  • The highest-ranking graduate of each accredited high school in Texas is exempt from paying tuition at Texas public colleges for two semesters of the first regular academic year following high school graduation. Learn more about tuition waivers and exemptions.
  • Graduate faster, save money on tuition and start earning money sooner by taking 15 credit hours per semester. UNT is offering all full-time (12 credit hours or more per semester) undergraduate students the same rate for university tuition and fees regardless of how many hours you take. Learn more about the Timely Graduation Tuition Program.
  • Private organizations such as parents' employers, fraternal organizations, and business and professional groups often can provide other sources of financial aid. We encourage all students to visit with their academic advisors regarding organizations relevant to their major field of study. Narrowing the external scholarship search to a specific field and organization provides the most specific resource information available.

The University of North Texas annually awards more than $32 million in scholarships which can help you finance your education. This guide explains the types of scholarships available, the various eligibility requirements and how to apply.

The first step in the scholarship process is to ensure you are fully admitted to UNT. It’s important to understand that you are competing against many eligible students for limited scholarship dollars, which are awarded on merit and on a first-come, first-served basis. If you complete your Texas Common Application early, you can be considered for admission early, and place yourself in the best position to be considered for available funds.

The availability of all scholarship funding is affected by many factors, such as the economy and the state legislature, so the sooner you apply, the better your chance is to be considered for scholarships, if eligible.

The next step in the scholarship process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) since some scholarships require the application. There is no cost to apply and no commitment to accept any award eligibility identified.

Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) is here to help you. Email us, call us at 940-565-2302 or come see us on the first and second floors of the Eagle Student Services Center (ESSC). See map.

Freshman Scholarship Requirements

UNT Meritorious Scholarships for National Merit Finalists

Terry Scholarships

UNT Excellence Scholarships

General Scholarships
Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) oversees a range of scholarships funded by donors who support UNT. In order to be considered for these scholarships, admitted entering freshmen must apply online using the General Scholarship Application, be in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class AND score at least 1100 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT (written portion excluded). The General Scholarship Application is available online each fall. You must submit the application by March 1 to be considered for a donor-funded award.

Department-Sponsored Scholarships

External Scholarships

Transfer Student Scholarship Requirements

Terry Transfer/Non-Traditional Student Scholarships

UNT Texas Transfer Scholarships

UNT Texas Transfer Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Honors College Transfer Scholarships

General Scholarships
Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) oversees a range of scholarships funded by donors who support UNT. In order to be considered for these scholarships, admitted transfer students meeting the 3.25 cumulative grade point averageThe GPA is an average of a student's grades. Grades have been converted to a 4.0 scale, with 4.0 being an A, 3.0 being a B, and 2.0 being a C. requirement must apply using the General Scholarship Application. The General Scholarship Application is available online each fall. You must submit the application by March 1 to be considered for a donor-funded award.

Department-Sponsored Scholarships

External Scholarships

Continuing and Graduate Student Scholarship Requirements

General Scholarships
Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) oversees a range of scholarships funded by donors who support UNT. In order to be considered for these scholarships, continuing undergraduate and graduate students meeting the 3.25 UNT cumulative grade point average requirement must apply online using the General Scholarship Application. Newly admitted graduate students also may complete the online application. The General Scholarship Application is available online each fall. You must submit the application by March 1 to be considered for a donor-funded award.

Department-Sponsored Scholarships

External Scholarships

Learn about scholarship opportunities for graduate students on our scholarships for graduate students page and the Toulouse Graduate School website.

Want a scholarship? Do this.

  • Begin early! Scholarships can be awarded as much as one year prior to the beginning of an academic year (fall/spring).
  • Get fully admitted to UNT! Make sure your updated transcripts and test scores are on file with the Office of Admissions by their priority date. You will need to activate your myUNT account to submit an online General Scholarship application.
  • Complete the FAFSA! All students seeking scholarships should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online.
  • Apply for everything that requires an application! Even if you don’t qualify for some of the academic scholarships, you may still be eligible to compete for departmental or external scholarships.
  • Be persistent! Applications become available throughout the year. You should develop your own external scholarship search plan based on your major.