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Receiving Scholarships FAQ
 
A:  Scholarship decisions and offers are made after admission offers are sent to students, beginning February 1 and continuing through the beginning of the Fall semester. Scholarship funds are extremely limited and highly competitive. Every scholarship committee reviews many applications each year. Unfortunately, many qualified students do not receive awards. Only scholarship award recipients will receive official notification from the committees. The scholarship committees in the Office of Student Financial Services generally make their final decisions and will begin notifying award recipients in early April. Though OSFS awards scholarships throughout the calendar year, the office awards the bulk of its scholarships for the upcoming year by the beginning of June.
 
A:  Scholarship decisions and offers are made after admission offers are sent to students. Contact your academic department to learn about its specific scholarships awarding procedures.
 
A:  Most offices at UT Austin notify scholarship recipients by letter and/or email. The Office of Student Financial Services often uses a Financial Aid Notification (FAN) to notify recipients of scholarship awards. Except in specific circumstances, only scholarship recipients receive official notification from the University.
 
A:  Scholarship amounts vary from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand dollars per semester or year. The dollar amounts of scholarships awarded through the Office of Student Financial Services are determined by weighing the studentís documented financial need (as determined by the FAFSA), their scholastic achievements, and any extra-curricular activities. Preference is given to students with the greatest financial need and who are academically worthy. Most college and departmental scholarships are merit-based and vary in amount.
 
A:  Yes, but typically UT Austin attempts to distribute its scholarship monies to as many eligible students as possible. Being awarded one scholarship will not necessarily preclude a student from receiving another, however, preference will be given to eligible students who have not been awarded any other scholarship support.
 
A:  In awarding scholarships, UT Austin does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity or gender. The following criteria are used (though not always exclusively and not always by every office at the University) in awarding scholarships: financial need, socioeconomic status, academic and extra-curricular achievements, and hardships.
 
A:  The following criteria are used (though not always exclusively and not always by every office at the University) in selecting scholarship recipients: financial need, socioeconomic status, academic and extra-curricular achievements, and hardships.
 
A:  Most college and departmental scholarships are merit-based, but some University offices also consider socioeconomic disadvantage or financial need as derived from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students who wish to be considered for scholarships through the Office of Student Financial Services are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA along with their scholarship application to assist in the consideration process. Scholarship funds are limited and highly competitive. UT Austinís priority deadline for the FAFSA is March 15.
 
A:  Some offices at UT Austin, such as the Office of Student Financial Services, will send an Accept/Decline form along with your award notification letter. In such cases, simply complete and mail the Accept/Decline form back to the appropriate office as soon as possible. In other instances, an office will release the scholarship money to you automatically, unless you make a specific request to decline the scholarship.
 
A:  Being awarded a non-UT Austin scholarship will not necessarily preclude a student from receiving one from UT Austin, however, preference will be given to eligible students who have not been awarded any other scholarship support. For information about how non-UT Austin scholarships are processed, see Non-UT Scholarship Funds.
 
A:  In most cases, you must be enrolled full-time to receive your scholarship money. If you are unsure about the stipulations for a particular scholarship, contact the office that awarded you the scholarship.
 
A:  If you received a renewable scholarship at UT Austin, the awarding office most likely will renew the award automatically, provided you have remained eligible for renewal. For more information about renewal procedures, contact the office that awarded you the scholarship.
 
A:  A few scholarship programs allow a student to go through a probationary period in order to regain eligibility for an award. The majority of scholarship programs at UT Austin, however, do not allow a student to regain lost eligibility for scholarships. For more information about renewal and eligibility procedures, contact the office that awarded you the scholarship.
 
A:  UT Austin does not match awards offered by other universities.
 
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