Academic Excellence Scholarship Program
The Academic Excellence Scholarship Program is no longer awarding admitted first-time-in-college freshmen for the 2014-2015 academic year. We encourage future Comets to complete a FAFSA and explore other scholarship opportunities offered by the university.
UT Dallas offers several hundred Academic Excellence Scholarships (AES) each year to incoming first-time-in-college freshman students. The application for admission to the University serves as the AES application. Prospective students who have submitted all of the required application materials to UT Dallas are automatically reviewed for AES awards. The materials included in completed applications provide the information necessary to determine scholarship eligibility, in particular SAT/ACT scores, class rank (if available), high-school grades, curricular information about types and levels of classes taken, and extracurricular activities.
Decisions on admission to UT Dallas and AES awards are made continuously upon receipt of completed application materials. Students who are awarded an AES will be informed of their award soon after receiving notification of admission to UT Dallas. Funds available for each year’s new scholarship awards are limited, and admission applications that are completed after February 1 will be considered for scholarship awards contingent upon availability of funding.
|February 1||To guarantee an admission decision prior to the March 1 deadline, applicants should submit a completed application for admission with all required materials prior to February 1.|
|March 1||Priority consideration for scholarships is given to students who are admitted to the University by March 1.|
All AES awards provide the following:
- Grants to defray some or all of the costs of UT Dallas tuition and fees
At the highest levels, AES awards provide cash grants to defray some of the other costs that students incur during their university studies. Subject to continuing satisfactory performance, these scholarships are available for a maximum of eight semesters (four academic years).
AES Program Eligibility
- SAT or ACT Scores
- Class Rank
- High School Grade Point Average
- Success in Honors or Advanced Placement Course Work, or dual credit courses
- Extracurricular and other leadership activities
- National Merit status, National Achievement Scholarship Program recognition, and National Hispanic Recognition Awards Program honors
No specific achievement in any category of the AES award factors will guarantee a scholarship. The AES Program will examine each student's record in its entirety and additional considerations are made based on the rigor of the courses taken in high school.
The quality of our incoming freshman applicant pool also affects your chances of a scholarship. For the past few years, the quality of our entering class as measured by SAT scores and high school GPAs has increased significantly. This has made our scholarships increasingly competitive.
The following are the average SAT/ACT scores for students who were offered an AES award in Fall 2013:
Average SAT (Critical Reading + Math only): 1310
Average ACT: 30
Average SAT (Critical Reading + Math only): 1400
Average ACT: 32
Average SAT (Critical Reading + Math only): 1510
Average ACT: 34
All Academic Excellence Scholarship awards are described in terms of the award amounts that students receive. However, more pertinent in assessing the value of an AES award is the amount of the average cost of attendance at UT Dallas that the award will cover. Our Financial Aid Office in conjunction with university cost standards provided by the US Government determines the average cost of attendance. The estimated cost of tuition and fees ($11,806), room and board ($9,240), and books and supplies ($1,200) for full-time undergraduate students during the 2013-2014 academic year at UT Dallas is $22,246.
The AES awards described below are effective for the Fall 2014 incoming freshmen class.
The award amounts of Academic Excellence Scholarships awarded in previous semesters will remain the same. Current students can inquire about the existing AES award levels by contacting the AES Program office at 972-883-6708 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Achievement Scholarship
- $3,000 per semester applied toward UT Dallas tuition and mandatory fees
Total value over four academic years: $24,000
Based on the estimated cost of tuition and fees, room and board, and books and supplies for full-time undergraduate students living on campus during the 2013-2014 academic year, the Achievement Scholarship reduces the approximate cost of attendance at UT Dallas from $22,246 to $16,246 each academic year.
Academic Distinction Scholarship
- Complete coverage of UT Dallas tuition and mandatory fees
- $1,000 per semester cash stipend to defray the costs of books, supplies and other expenses
Total estimated value over four academic years: $55,224
Based on the estimated cost of tuition and fees, room and board, and books and supplies for full-time undergraduate students living on campus during the 2013-2014 academic year, the Distinction Scholarship reduces the approximate cost of attendance at UT Dallas from $22,246 to $8,440 each academic year.
Academic Honors Scholarship
- Complete coverage of UT Dallas tuition and mandatory fees
- $3,000 per semester cash stipend to defray the costs of books, supplies and other expenses
Total estimated value over four academic years: $71,224
Based on the estimated cost of tuition and fees, room and board, and books and supplies for full-time undergraduate students living on campus during the 2013-2014 academic year, the Honors Scholarship reduces the approximate cost of attendance at UT Dallas from $22,246 to $4,440 each academic year.
Awards for National Merit Finalists, National Achievement Scholars, & National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars
The AES Program coordinates with the University's National Merit Scholarship Division to offer special scholarships to students who are National Merit Finalists or recognized as a National Achievement Scholar by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Students recognized by the College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program are also afforded a specific scholarship opportunity. Click here for more information about these awards.
Other Financial Aid Information
Students receiving any level of AES award may qualify for in-state tuition and fee charges, regardless of their resident status.
Additional Financial Aid
In addition to the funds provided by an AES award, students may receive support from private third-party scholarships. Any private third party tuition scholarships and state tuition and fee waivers are applied in lieu of the AES tuition and fee award. For example, a student receiving a tuition waiver, such as the State of Texas Exemption for Highest Ranking High School Graduate or Hazelwood Exemption, will not receive AES tuition and fee funds during the semesters in which the waiver is applied.
AES recipients may also be eligible to receive need-based financial aid based on economic circumstances. We encourage students to contact the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office at (972) 883-2941 to determine eligibility. Any additional third party scholarships received by the university in the student's name are refunded to the student by the Bursar's Office. Please refer to the Financial Aid web site for further information at http://financial-aid.utdallas.edu/.
Please Note: Recipients of third party or institutional scholarships that provide complete coverage of tuition and mandatory fees may be ineligible to receive AES awards. Please contact the AES office at email@example.com for more information about how other scholarships may affect AES eligibility.
Students who are not first-time-in-college freshmen may qualify for UT Dallas Transfer Scholarships. Interested students should visit the transfer scholarships webpage for more information.
Learn More About UT Dallas
Prospective students who have received AES awards may contact UT Dallas personnel by visiting campus, calling 972-883-6708 or via e-mailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. We warmly invite you to spend as much time as you can - visiting our campus and talking in person to our staff, students, and faculty.