What is a scholarship?

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 need. Scholarships do not have to be repaid.

The University of North Texas is a comprehensive university that offers many scholarships to help you finance your education. Many students compete for scholarships, which are awarded on merit and on a first-come, first-served basis to students enrolling in the fall term. We recommend you apply to UNT as early as possible.

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The availability of all scholarship funding is affected by many factors such as the state's economy and the stock market's performance. The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) coordinates all scholarship awards once they have been awarded. In order to understand UNT's coordinated approach to scholarships, please learn about the types of scholarships offered, and who manages the scholarship awarding processes.

What types of scholarships are available to incoming and continuing students?  Scroll down to view Types of Scholarships Table.

  • Most UNT Scholarships are administered by the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Visit our Apply for Scholarships page for more information.
  • A number of scholarships are also available to incoming and continuing students through awards made by academic departments. Check with the department of your major for more details, and visit our Department-sponsored Scholarships page for more information.
  • Graduate students should contact the Toulouse Graduate School for additional scholarship opportunities, via their home page Funding Your Grad School link.
  • External funding resources are a great additional source of support for students.  We encourage students to develop a focused plan for researching external opportunities via our External Scholarships and Resources page.

Types of Scholarships

University Scholarships

The Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office administers these scholarships. 

First-time Student Scholarships

Transfer Student Scholarships

Continuing Undergraduate Students

New and Continuing Graduate Students

Departmental Scholarships

These scholarships are made available through designated contributions from donors. The SFAS office and many other campus departments manage these awards. Donors specify what department they want to manage the scholarship along with the award's eligibility criteria.

External Scholarships

Private agencies and other organizations fund these scholarships.