External Scholarships and Resources

UNT students receiving 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. from an outside agency must notify Student 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). & Scholarships (SFAS) to have the scholarship posted to the student’s account.  Additionally, student recipients should contact donors directly if you are unable to meet the condition(s) of an award received (i.e. enrollment requirement, etc.).

Donors may mail scholarship checks to:

      University of North Texas
      Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
      1155 Union Circle #311370
      Denton, TX 76203-5017

Donors should include the following information when funds are sent to UNT so that scholarship checks can be processed:

  1. Make scholarship checks payable to the University of North Texas (UNT).  Checks should not be made payable to the student or to UNT and the student.  This creates an unnecessary delay in scholarship processing and keeps us from assisting the student efficiently.  Additionally, scholarship checks should not be sent directly to the student if they are to assist with educational related expenses.
  1. Please include a communication with each check that includes the following:
  • Student Recipient’s Full Name
  • Student Recipient’s UNT  ID and/or date of birth
  • Guidance regarding with academic term(s) award should be applied to (i.e. fall, spring, summer)
  • Information confirming if the award is a one-time payment or if it is renewable.  If renewable, please indicate when will additional funds be sent to UNT.
  • Information confirming the award can pay all educational expenses (i.e. tuition/fees, room/board, books)
  • Donor Contact Information (Organization Name, address and phone number)


External Donor/Recipient Tools for Enrollment & Tuition VerificationVerification is a review process in which the FAO determines the accuracy of the information provided on the student's financial aid application. During the verification process the student and parent will be required to submit documentation for the amounts listed (or not listed) on the financial aid application. Such documentation may include signed copies of the most recent Federal income tax returns for the student, spouse (if any) and their parents. Financial aid applications are randomly selected by the Federal processor for verification, with most schools verifying at least 1/3 of all applications. Schools may select additional students for verification if they suspect fraud. Some schools undergo 100% verification. If any discrepancies are uncovered during verification, the financial aid office may require additional information to clear up the discrepancies. Such discrepancies may cause a student's final financial aid package to be different from the initial package described on the award letter they received from the school. If the student refuses to submit the above mentioned documentation, the financial aid package will be canceled and no aid will be awarded.:

UNT students may access their myUNT student portal at all times and access enrollment verification, as well as print off tuition bills on UNT Letterhead that includes their current enrollment.  Website links are included below.  These tools keep students involved with the donor, and ensure that student confidentiality and release information is handled between the awarding agency and the recipient appropriately.


Scholarship DisbursementDisbursement is the release of loan funds to the school for delivery to the borrower. The payment will be made co-payable to the student and the school. Loan funds are first credited to the student's account for payment of tuition and fees. Any excess funds are then paid to the student in cash or by check for the purpose of paying for other educational expenses.

Scholarships are disbursed according to the term(s) specified by the Donor.  If the Donor does not indicate a disbursement schedule, UNT will use the following guidelines to process awards:

  • External scholarship checks for less than $300 will be applied to the term most closely associated with receipt of the funds.
  • External scholarship checks for $300 or more will be split evenly between the Fall and the Spring if the student is enrolled during each term.


Adjustment of Awards

Awards received will be coordinated with other awards received for the current award periodThe academic semester for which financial aid is requested (or received)..  Once posted to your student account, receipt of late awards may cause other scholarships (awarded by UNT or other outside agencies) and other resources (federal, state and institutional financial aid) to be adjusted if you exceed the current cost of attendance at UNT, or exceed your “need” for assistance as calculated by the FAFSA.  As always, your myUNT student account is your resource for viewing student award information.

External scholarship recipients receive offers and are selected by agencies or committees outside UNT, and UNT is not responsible for establishing criteria or participating in the selection or notification of recipients. Please be aware:  A great deal of time can be spent researching external scholarships, and we encourage students to develop a focused plan to best utilize their time.  Students should visit with their academic advisor regarding organizations relevant to their major focus (i.e. national organizations based on discipline) so they can develop a smart search plan.  Narrowing the external scholarship search to a specific field and organization will enable students to focus on the most applicable opportunities.

Most external organizations want to identify students with specific skill sets.  In turn, their marketing is focused on organizations that these students would most likely be involved with.  For example:  The national organization for UNT College of Education/KHPR Majors (Kinesiology/Health Promotion and Recreation) is SHAPE America:  Society of Health and Physical Educators (previously know as AAHPERD, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance).  In addition to a major-based national organizations, there is often a corresponding active state organization for many disciplines.  In reference to the previous example, the corresponding state organization in Texas is TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance). 

Listed below are organizations that provide additional information to assist students with searching for scholarships, as well as general college financial information. 


As you explore for outside scholarships, please remember that you should never pay for a scholarship search.   Learn more about scholarship scams.


  • The suggested search sites on this SFAS website are provided for informational purposes only.
  • Inclusion in the listing does not constitute an endorsement by UNT.
  • Neither SFAS nor UNT can guarantee the accuracy or the timeliness of information found at any of the links in the listing. It is critical that you verify the information, particularly where deadlines are concerned.