Freshman: How do I apply for scholarships & financial aid?
Funding your education
UNT annually awards $405 million in financial aid, including more than $60 million
in scholarships. About 75% of UNT students receive financial aid and scholarships.
Award eligibility and credit hours
Each scholarship or financial aid award requires you to be enrolled in a minimum number
of credit hours to be eligible to receive the award. You can view the minimum enrollment
requirements for scholarships on your award agreement and for financial aid awards
The difference between full-time, 3/4 time and 1/2 time enrollment status for undergraduate
Fall or Spring Semesters
12 or more credit hours
12 or more credit hours
9-11 credit hours
9-11 credit hours
6-8 credit hours
6-8 credit hours
What is a scholarship?
A scholarship is a financial award given to a student on the basis of academic achievement
and promise. However, some also take into account financial need. Scholarships do
not have to be repaid. There are three types of scholarships you can apply for: university
scholarships, department-sponsored scholarships and external (non-UNT) scholarships.
Create a profile in the Eagle Scholarship Portal. You should submit this application annually to be considered for any scholarship opportunities
available during the upcoming academic year. You can create a profile in the Eagle
Scholarship Portal before you're accepted to UNT. You will need to activate your EUID
first, so keep an eye out for instructions on this process once you've applied. However,
in order to be selected for any UNT scholarship award, you must be admitted to a UNT
degree seeking program and meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the scholarship
by the scholarship deadline.
Apply for department-sponsored scholarships. Each department has their own application process, which will detail the criteria
for scholarship consideration. Typically, departmental scholarship awards are made
to students with specific program involvement with the department. Students should
contact departments from their major or minor area of study to find out what scholarships
are offered and about the scholarship application process.
When will you know if you receive a scholarship award?
Students selected for a scholarship based on their profile in the Eagle Scholarship Portal are notified through EagleConnect, UNT's official email service. Monitor EagleConnect and my.unt.edu for award information. Most awards will be announced by late June for the Fall semester.
Each department on campus makes departmental scholarship award decisions. Award information
is coordinated with FAS to post the awards to the student's account.
How do you accept a scholarship award and when will you get your money?
Once you have received a scholarship, you must accept it to get the money. Scholarship funds will not disburse to your student account until your awards have
been accepted online or your external scholarship funds have been received by UNT.
What is financial aid?
The University of North Texas offers a variety of options to help you pay for your
college education. Costs should not be a barrier to opportunity. Learn about different
ways to finance your education, including grants, work-study and loans.
You might be surprised to find out how much financial aid you can receive, regardless
of your family's income level. You won't know what you are eligible for unless you
Prior to receiving your refund, financial aid will pay all tuition, fees and housing
charges, if you are living on campus.
Books - Financial aid funds will not disburse until shortly before the beginning of classes;
therefore, you need to plan to pay for your books out of pocket at orientation if
you want to purchase them early. The UNT Bookstore does offer a textbook reservation
service. To learn more about this service, contact the UNT Bookstore at 940-565-2592
or stop by the University Union while on campus.
Housing Deposit - Financial aid funds will not disburse until shortly before the beginning of classes;
therefore, you need to plan on paying the pre-payment that Housing and Residence Life
requires. For more information regarding the pre-payment, contact Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-565-2610.
Orientation Fees - Financial aid does not pay for orientation fees. However, you may qualify for orientation
fee deferment. Contact Orientation and Transition Programs for more information.
How to apply for financial aid
Submit your FAFSA as early as possible. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is an application that helps colleges and universities determine your eligibility
for financial aid. In fact, nearly all students who complete the FAFSA receive some
type of financial assistance.
Be sure to submit your FAFSA for the correct school year. The FAFSA is available beginning
October of each year for the following fall/spring/summer. UNT's school code is 003594. Learn more about submitting the FAFSA.
To receive first consideration for awards, we recommend you complete the FAFSA as
early as possible before the priority deadlines. If you miss the priority dates, you can still submit your application, but your
financial aid will be delayed and you will need to make appropriate payment arrangements
through UNT's billing department, Student Accounting to ensure your classes are not dropped.
It usually takes about six weeks to process your financial aid award package once
UNT receives your FAFSA data from the Federal Processor. Once that happens, you'll
receive additional instructions on how to complete your financial aid file via your
Tasks To Do List in your my.unt.edu Student Portal. Please respond to all requests in a timely manner. Your file must
be complete and you must be admitted to UNT before we can process your aid and offer
you any financial awards. See instructions for accessing your To Do List on my.unt.edu.
Monitor EagleConnect (UNT's official email service) and my.unt.edu for award information. Your Financial Aid Offer letter will be emailed to your EagleConnect
email once ready.
For early applicants who are newly admitted to UNT (new students), awards are made
in late April/early May for the upcoming year. Most awards will be announced by late
June for the fall semester. Awards and award revisions will continue to be made throughout
the academic year.
How to check if all of your scholarships and financial aid awards have disbursed
The Financial Aid and Scholarships office processes all financial aid (grants and
Financial aid funds will not disburse to your student account until your financial
aid awards have been accepted online; all award-related Tasks To Do List items are
completed; and enrollment requirements are met.
Once the awards are eligible for disbursement any Anticipated Aid is removed from
your account and the Student Accounting department applies the amounts to your student
View your account summary at my.unt.edu to determine if any award has been applied to your student account.
Still have questions about scholarships and financial aid?
We're here to help you. For more information, call us toll-free at 1-877-881-1014
or drop by the Financial Aid and Scholarships office on the first and second floors
of the Eagle Student Services Center. See map. Financial Aid Advisors are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.