Academic Excellence Scholarship Program

National Merit Scholarships

UT Dallas highly values the academic merit and array of scholastic experiences that students who are recognized in the National Merit Scholarship Program, National Achievement Scholarship Program, and National Hispanic Recognition Program contribute to the University's academic community. The Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) Program offers specific scholarship awards to support the academic careers of those students at UT Dallas.

How to be Considered

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 reviewed automatically for AES awards. To inquire about your eligibility to receive one of the three specific AES National Merit Scholarships, review the eligibility requirements below and contact the UT Dallas National Merit Scholarship Division. In order to be considered for one of the specialized awards, National Hispanic Recognition honorees and National Achievement Scholars are encouraged to be admitted by the AES priority deadlines.

Awards

National Merit Finalists who list UT Dallas as their first choice with NMSC, by the NMSC stated deadline, automatically receive the AES National Merit Finalist Scholarship. Students who are recognized by the NMSC as a National Achievement Scholar finalist may be eligible to receive the AES National Achievement Scholarship. Students who are recognized by the College Board as a National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholar may be eligible to receive the AES National Hispanic Recognition Scholarship. The acceptance deadline for these awards is May 1. For more details about how to accept an AES award, please visit the Accepting AES Award page.

AES National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Recognized as National Merit Finalist by NMSC
  • Listed UT Dallas as first choice with NMSC by the NMSC stated deadline

Award

  • Complete coverage of UT Dallas tuition and mandatory fees
  • $4,000 per semester cash stipend to defray the costs of books, supplies, and other expenses
  • $2,000 one-time NMSC Scholarship for an international study abroad program after completion of two academic years in residence

Total estimated value over four academic years: $81,224

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 National Merit Finalist Scholarship reduces the cost of attendance at UT Dallas from $22,246 to $2,440 each academic year.

AES National Achievement Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Recognized as National Achievement Finalist by NMSC
  • 1200 or greater SAT (Math + Critical Reading only) or 26 or greater composite ACT
  • Top 15% of graduating class or IB diploma
  • Selected UT Dallas as college of choice with the NMSC

Award

  • 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 National Achievement Scholarship reduces the approximate cost of attendance at UT Dallas from $22,246 to $8,440 each academic year.

AES National Hispanic Recognition Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Designated as National Hispanic Recognition Scholar by the College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) for meeting the PSAT score criteria and receiving the required high school counselor recommendation
  • 1200 or greater SAT (Math + Critical Reading only) or 26 or greater composite ACT
  • Top 15% of graduating class or IB diploma

Award

  • 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 National Hispanic Recognition Scholarship reduces the approximate cost of attendance at UT Dallas from $22,246 to $8,440 each academic year.