Academic Excellence Scholarships

Academic Excellence Scholarship Program

The Academic Excellence Scholarship Program will begin reviewing first-time-in-college students admitted for Fall 2015 in November. We encourage future Comets to explore all 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 and are admitted by March 1 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.

Important Dates

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:

  • Funds to defray some or all of the costs of UT Dallas tuition and mandatory fees

At the highest levels, AES awards provide cash funds 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

Award Factors:

  • SAT or ACT Scores
  • Class Rank
  • Grades in all coursework
  • Success Advanced Placement, IB, 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.

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 and ACT scores 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 and Fall 2014:

Achievement
Average SAT (Critical Reading + Math only): 1315
Average ACT: 30

Distinction
Average SAT (Critical Reading + Math only): 1405
Average ACT: 32

Honors
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 ($9,597), and books and supplies ($1,200) for full-time undergraduate students during the 2014-2015 academic year at UT Dallas is $22,603.

AES Awards

The AES awards described below are effective for the Fall 2015 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 aes@utdallas.edu.

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 2014-2015 academic year, the Achievement Scholarship reduces the approximate cost of attendance at UT Dallas from $22,603 to $16,603 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 2014-2015 academic year, the Distinction Scholarship reduces the approximate cost of attendance at UT Dallas from $22,603 to $8,797 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 2014-2015 academic year, the Honors Scholarship reduces the approximate cost of attendance at UT Dallas from $22,603 to $4,797 each academic year.

Other Financial Aid Information

Non-Texas Residents

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 aes@utdallas.edu for more information about how other scholarships may affect AES eligibility.

Transfer Students

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 aes@utdallas.edu. 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.