Academic Excellence Scholarships
AES Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to complete a separate application to be reviewed for an AES?
No. The ApplyTexas Freshman Admission application also serves as the application for the AES Program.
When will I know if I qualify for an AES award?
First-time-in-college students who are admitted for the fall term between August 1 and December 1 who qualify for an AES award will be notified in mid-December. After December, students awarded an AES are notified approximately one month after receiving admission. This is an ongoing process until funding is exhausted or the priority deadline of March 1. Due to the high volume of applicants, only students awarded an AES are notified.
What SAT/ACT test scores or other qualifications guarantee an AES award?
No specific achievement in any category of the AES award factors, including standardized testing, guarantees a scholarship.
Should I include letters of recommendation, an essay and a resume when applying to UT Dallas to be considered for an AES?
Although letters of recommendation, essays, and resumes are not required for admission, if provided, the AES review committee will consider those documents during the review process.
What tuition and mandatory fees do full-tuition AES awards cover?
Students awarded a full-tuition AES Scholarship will receive complete coverage of the tuition and mandatory fees. AES tuition and mandatory fee funds are applied to guaranteed tuition plan amounts and supplemental designated tuition fees. Tuition and mandatory fee funds provided by AES do not apply to other required and non-mandatory fees including, but not limited to the following: Other course fees, international student fees, health insurance, fees associated with new student applications, special use fees, required testing, registration, and orientation. Distance learning and field trip fees are also not paid by AES tuition and mandatory fee funds.
What expenses am I allowed to use my cash stipend toward?
The cash stipend can be used to help defray the costs of a meal plan, books, supplies, and other expenses. The AES Program does not require documentation showing how the stipend was spent.
If I am an out-of-state or international student, will an AES award qualify me for resident tuition rates?
Students receiving any level of AES award qualify for in-state tuition and fee charges, regardless of their resident status. Per IRS Revenue Code 117, visa holders not eligible for work authorization may not receive the cash stipend, as it is considered taxable income.
I have a third-party scholarship; will this impact my AES offer?
Any third-party, non-tuition specific scholarships in your name submitted to the Office of Financial Aid will be reimbursed to you once any UT Dallas charges not covered by the AES award are deducted. Third-party scholarships that are tuition specific can only be applied toward tuition and fees and will be applied in lieu of your AES tuition funds. Since third-party scholarships can vary significantly and possibly conflict with the AES offer, students are encouraged to address questions regarding third-party scholarships to: FAScholarships@utdallas.edu.
Current AES Recipients
When and how will I receive my AES funds?
AES funds disburse between the first day of class and Census Day and will not appear in EZ Pay or other billing until the scholarship has been disbursed. See the Academic Calendar for all important dates like Census Day. All AES Scholars in good academic standing receive a positive scholarship hold on their accounts. This hold prevents AES recipients from being dropped due to non-payment until Census Day of the term.
AES award disbursement could be impacted by several factors such as holds, course load, and visa status. As it relates to visa status, per IRS Revenue Code 117, visa holders not eligible for work authorization may not receive the cash stipend, as it is considered taxable income.
Do I need to fill out a FAFSA to renew my AES?
No. Renewal of an AES award is only based on enrollment and the AES Academic Requirements.
If my scholarship is terminated, how can I get reinstated?
To request reinstatement of your scholarship, submit an Appeal for Exception to Policy.
If I have semesters of AES eligibility remaining after I complete my undergraduate degree, can I use the remaining semesters of funding towards graduate work at UT Dallas?
AES recipients who are admitted as degree-seeking students into a graduate program at UT Dallas may request to apply their AES award toward graduate-level courses. Students must be in good academic standing, enrollment must be continuous after undergraduate graduation, and students must receive approval from the AES Program prior to enrolling in graduate courses. Complete the online Graduate Usage Form.
- What if I am unable to enroll in 15 unique credit hours?
Can I transfer my AES to another institution within the University of Texas System?
No. The AES Program is a unique UT Dallas institutional scholarship.
Can I apply for additional semesters of eligibility to finish my undergraduate degree or to pursue graduate work?
Unfortunately, the AES program cannot award additional semesters of eligibility beyond the eight originally offered to AES recipients even if students take less than 15 unique UT Dallas hours per semester.