Funding & Scholarships

Looking for funding and scholarships? Pursuing education in the US can be expensive. Therefore, it is important to inform yourself about any financial aid opportunities available.

Below you will find suggestions about various options to explore.

If you're studying with us on an F-1 (student) visa, you are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week at The University of Texas at Austin. During school breaks, you may work up to 40 hours per week on campus, as long as you are continuing your studies with us. A variety of jobs and shifts are available, depending on your skills and experience.

Learn more in the On-Campus Employment for ESL Students information sheet.

ESL Services at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to offer a special $300 scholarship exclusively to the friends and family of our former students.

If you know someone who could benefit from the same exceptional English language instruction as you had, encourage him or her to apply today. Not only will we give him or her a scholarship, we will list you on our former student referral webpage and send you a UT themed thank you gift.

To receive the scholarship, friends or family members must include the following information on their application:

Former student's full name

Former student's current email address

Former student's UT EID

This referral information must be included at the time of application, not later. New students can submit an application in the language of their choice using the online application form.

For new students who enroll and pay their own tuition, each full-time student will receive a $300 scholarship towards their tuition. For new students whose tuition is sponsored, each full-time student will receive a scholarship towards the cost of books, up to $300.

If you have any questions about this referral scholarship, do not hesitate to contact us.

Each semester, we award three scholarships for outstanding ESL students who continue their studies with us for another semester. These merit-based scholarships cover one-third of intensive tuition. The scholarship application is sent out to our students mid-semester, and the winners are announced at the end of the semester, at our final reception. Read more about two of our previous scholarship winners here and here.

Some of the best sources of financial aid to study in the US are organizations in your own home country. Your government may have financial aid available. Contact the cultural section of your embassy or your ministry of education to learn more.

Also, there may be private organizations in your home country that provide support for study in the US: businesses, foundations, and religious groups might have funds available.

There may be aid available from the US government for students from specific countries. The best way to find out if there is any financial aid from the US for students from your country is to contact y our embassy, the US Department of State, or the Agency for International Development.

The following websites provide information about financial aid available to qualifying international students. Each website also has a search engine for scholarships and awards, which you can use to do a personalized search. Visit the following websites and see what’s out there for you:

The following websites provide information about loans available to international students. Policies regarding loans for international students depend on the organizations providing them. Some of these websites are for private organizations that offer educational loans to qualifying students. To apply for those loans you might need to become a degree-seeking student and/or have a US citizen or permanent resident act as your guarantor.