Top 10 Percent Scholarship

How to apply

  • Complete your UNT Admissions application.
  • Have your FAFSA or TASFA completed and submitted in a non-rejected status as early as possible after January 1 annually.
  • Check the College for All Texans website for annual priority deadlines and requirements to establish eligibility for an award through the Top 10 Percent 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. Program.

Description

In 2007, the Texas Legislature created the Top 10 Percent 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. Program to encourage outstanding high school students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class to attend a Texas public college or university.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, the UNT 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). and Scholarships Office will notify you if you're selected to receive this scholarship.

Amount

Award amounts are set annually by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and vary based on available funding.

Additional bonus awards are potentially available to continuing students who are classified as a junior or senior with a declared major in a critical workforce shortage field (currently defined as teaching fields with shortages, nursing, allied health, science, technology, engineering and math) based on available funding.

Eligibility

To establish initial year eligibility, you must:

  • be a Texas resident
  • register with Selective ServiceThe Selective Service Administration executes registration for the military draft. Male students who are US citizens and have reached the age of 18 and were born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service to be eligible for federal financial aid. or be exempt from registration
  • demonstrate 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. as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)The FAFSA is used to apply for Pell Grants and all other aid. Complete your FAFSA via web at www.fafsa.gov . As the name suggests, no fee is charged to file a FAFSA. Follow the directions carefully to ensure proper and efficient processing. or if applicable, the Texas Application for State 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). (TASFA) 
  • meet the state's annual priority deadline
  • complete Texas Recommended or Distinguished Achievement High School Curriculum Program
  • rank in the top 10 percent of your graduating class
  • graduate from a public or private accredited high school in Texas
  • enroll full-time in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year college or university the fall immediately following your high school graduation

Renewal eligibility requirments are available at the College for All Texans wesbite.

Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at UNT during the fall term for the Top 10 Percent 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. to disburse.

If a student is not meeting the requirements (i.e. enrollment, cGPA, SAP), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows institutions to consider situations where graduation or hardship can be documented based on Texas Administrative Code 22.201 Satisfactory Academic ProgressA student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue to receive financial aid. Students must maintain a certain qualitative standard (i.e. cumulative GPA) in addition to maintaining a quantitative standard (i.e. successfully completing a required number of credit hours). Students must also complete their degree or certificate program within a maximum timeframe, which may vary according to the student’s status and program. If a student does not maintain the required standards, the student may lose their financial aid eligibility. .  The following are situations that can be considered:

  • a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student's performance,
  • an indication that the student is responsible for the care of a sick, injured or needy person and the provision of care is affecting the student's performance; or
  • the requirment of fewer than twelve hours to complete the student's degree plan.

Program criteria may be updated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board without prior notice. Visit the College for All Texans website to view the Top 10 Percent Scholarship Program criteria officially posted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Additional Information

If you don't have High School Curriculum Program information included on your high school transcript that is submitted to the UNT Admissions Office, then here are some other ways that you can send the information.

Students attending a Texas Public High School that does note in progress curriculum information:


You can have your Texas public high school Admissions Counselor e-mail a confirmation to scholarships@unt.edu.  The e-mail should include your name, and UNT Student ID.

Students attending a Texas private high school:

You can have your Admissions Counselor complete and submit the appropriate Texas Private High School Certification form required by the State of Texas to the UNT Admissions Office.  The correct form can be accessed via the UNT Admissions website at http://www.unt.edu/vwbk/admission.htm.  Once on this page, scroll to the bottom of the page for reference information.