Financial Services

Financial Assistance

Fund your studies at UT with the help of more than $200,000 in awards, scholarships, and loans that ISSS provides annually. We’re dedicated to helping make study at UT more accessible, whether you need a cash loan for an unexpected emergency or a full tuition stipend.

If you have any questions regarding these scholarships after reviewing this page, please contact intlfinaid@austin.utexas.edu.

The Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship is a $2,500 fall tuition award that recognizes an undergraduate international student who has demonstrated leadership in their undergraduate program through academic achievement; participation in campus and community organizations - particularly in leadership roles, and has made positive contributions to the campus community.

Thank you letters are required upon being selected for the Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship. Awards will not be applied to recipients' accounts until a thank you letter is received.

Application Details

The Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship application is now available for the fall 2018 semester and is due by April 2, 2018.

Applicants will need to provide an Essay of Involvement (500-1500 words, typed, double-spaced) that addresses all of the following points:

  • Discuss the importance of leadership and community engagement as it relates to your own involvement
  • Describe, with specific examples, the positive impact that your involvement has had on yourself, others, and the community
  • Summarize the significant lessons that you have learned by participating in your listed activities (ex: how your experiences have helped you better understand U.S. culture, how your experiences have impacted the way you view issues in your home country, etc.)

The International Education Fee (IEF) Scholarship was initially established in 1989 by a student referendum. The IEF Scholarship supports scholarships for both incoming international students and outbound students studying abroad. This specific scholarship application will benefit first-time incoming UT international students and covers tuition and required fees on your tuition and fee bill for up to 4 years.

Application Details

The International Education Fee Scholarship application is now available for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline for submission is April 2, 2018.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Personal Statement: Provide a typed statement (maximum 3 pages) that addresses all of the following topics:
    • What challenges have you experienced in accessing education in your country and how did you overcome these challenges?
    • How do you plan on positively impacting your home community as a result of completing a degree at UT Austin?
    • What contributions will you make to the university as a UT Austin student?
    • Discuss your financial need. If you are not awarded this scholarship, how will you fund your education at UT Austin?
  • Letters of Recommendation: You must provide at least 2 letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation must be in English.
  • Special documentation (if applicable): Submit any special documentation you feel necessary to support your personal statement.

The General ISSS Financial Aid award provides $2,500 per semester for the fall and spring semesters and $1,500 in the summer semester in cash assistance* for international students who demonstrate financial need. This is a competitive process as the number of awards allotted per semester is limited. Only international students who have completed at least 2 semesters at UT by the time the award is disbursed are eligible to apply for this award. A full list of eligibility criteria is available within the application itself.

The general financial aid awarded by ISSS does not provide a waiver of the nonresident portion of a student’s tuition & fee bill.

*All cash awards will be automatically applied towards any outstanding UT debts upon disbursement. Amount award amount in excess of debts are distributed to the student's direct deposit account.

*14% of the scholarship will be withheld for tax purposes per US tax law, unless a tax treaty for scholarships is in effect or the recipient is considered a resident alien for tax purposes.

*Recipients will be obligated to file a tax return for the scholarship income earned, but may also receive a tax refund for the amount withheld from the scholarships.

*It is recommended that the recipient applies for a taxpayer identification number if they do not already hold an ITIN or SSN. You will also need a taxpayer identification number in order to claim any applicable tax treaty benefits and to file a tax return to claim any tax refunds due.

Application Details

The General ISSS Financial Aid scholarship application is now available for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline for submission is April 2, 2018.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Bank statements: You must provide copies of your monthly bank statements for the most recent three months, including a statement of deposits and balances.
    • Note: Bank statements must be in English.
  • Personal Statement: You must provide a typed statement (limit 2 pages) that addresses your financial need. Indicate recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship), if applicable.
    • Please note: This statement helps in evaluating your needs and qualifications for receiving the award.
  • Special documentation (if applicable: Submit evidence of termination of a scholarship, loss of sponsorship, medical bills, currency devaluation, or written documentation of government restrictions on funds/resources permitted out of your country.

The Tuition Assistance for Mexican Students (TAMS) award provides a waiver of the nonresident portion of a student's tuition bill. The TAMS award is not a cash award. To be eligible for the TAMS award, you must be a citizen and resident of Mexico who demonstrates financial need. Receiving the TAMS award is not guaranteed as the application is competitive due to the limited number of awards.

New & Continuing students who do not currently have a TAMS award
New or continuing students who qualify and do not currently have a TAMS award need to submit an initial TAMS application.

Continuing students who currently have a TAMS award
Current recipients of the TAMS award must submit a TAMS Renewal Application in order to renew their TAMS award for future years. Renewal of the TAMS award is not guaranteed and is dependent on both the amount of awards available and continued demonstration of financial need.

Application Details

The TAMS Application is now available for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline for submission is April 2, 2018.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Bank statements: You must provide copies of your monthly bank statements for the most recent three months, including a statement of deposits and balances.
    • Note: Bank statements must be in English.
  • Personal Statement: You must provide a typed statement (limit 2 pages) that addresses your financial need. Indicate recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship), if applicable.
    • Please note: This statement helps in evaluating your needs and qualifications for receiving the award.
  • Special documentation (if applicable): Submit evidence to substantiate any claims made in your personal statement. Examples can include documentation of termination of a scholarship, loss of sponsorship, medical bills, currency devaluation, or written documentation of government restrictions on funds/resources permitted out of your country.

 

The Carlos and Clara Quintanilla Scholarship is a $2,500 spring tuition award that recognizes an undergraduate international student enrolled in the Cockrell School of Engineering who will return to Mexico and positively impact the Mexican economy. Applicants must have been a resident of Mexico for at least 10 years prior to attending UT and demonstrate financial need.

Thank you letters are required upon being selected for the Carlos and Clara Quintanilla Scholarship. Awards will not be applied to recipients' tuition bills until a thank you letter is received.

Application Details

The following documents are required for your application to be considered complete.

  • Completed Application: All applicable sections of the online application must be completed to be considered.
  • Personal Statement: Applicants must provide typed statements that address both of the following:
    • Personal Statement 1 - Financial Need (limit 1 page)
      • Describe your financial need. Indicate your source of funding; changes in financial status since initial enrollment; and how you are maintaining your cost of living. Attach supporting documentation if applicable
    • Personal Statement 2 - Career Plans (limit 1 page)
      • Provide a description of a carefully planned career plan that shows your intent to return to Mexico and how you will contribute to the development of the Mexican economy.

The Carlos and Clara Quintanilla Scholarship application deadline is December 1.

The Ethel Loving de Diaz Scholarship is a $1,500 spring tuition award that recognizes an international student from Mexico who is working to help fund their education.

This award is intended for international students from Mexico with financial need who can demonstrate how their work experience has helped finance their education. Students who are the first member of their families to attend university are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Details

The deadline for the Ethel Loving de Diaz Scholarship has passed for the spring 2018 semester. The spring 2019 application will be available in the fall 2018 semester.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Statement of Purpose: You must provide a typed statement (maximum of 2 pages) that addresses the following points:
    • Financial need – indicate need for financial assistance, including any recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship, etc.)
    • Work experience – discuss your work experience and how it has helped you fund your education, as well as developed your character.
  • Special documentation (if applicable): Submit evidence that substantiates your financial need. Examples would include letter of termination of a scholarship/loss of sponsorship, medical bills, or written documentation of government restrictions on funds/resources permitted out of your country, etc.

The Good Neighbor Scholarship (GNS) provides an exemption of one year's worth of tuition (fall, spring, and summer) to students who were born in and are residents of a nation in the Western Hemisphere (excluding Cuba and the United States). A full list of eligibility requirements, including eligible nations, can be found within the GNS application. The exemption provided by the Good Neighbor Scholarship does not pay for any fees or charges on the tuition bill, such as health insurance, late registration fees, ISSS Support Services fee, etc. The scholarship is administered through ISSS on behalf of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Application Details

The Good Neighbor Scholarship application is now available for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline for submission is February 23, 2018.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Statement of Purpose: You must provide a typed statement (minimum of 2 pages) that addresses all of the following points:
    • Campus and community involvement -Discuss your involvement with student groups, university committees, and/or community involvement/volunteering and how they contribute to your success as a student.
    • Academic Goals - Explain your current academic interests and plans after graduation.
    • Financial Need - Indicate need for financial assistance, including any recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship).

The Society of Iranian-American Women for Education (SIAWE) Scholarship is a $1,000 spring award that recognizes a student of Iranian descent who demonstrates financial need and academic excellence. The award can either be applied towards the spring tuition bill or be paid out as a cash award.

Cash awards are subject to a 14% tax.

Thank you letters are required upon being selected for the Society of Iranian-American Women for Education (SIAWE) Scholarship. Awards will not be applied to recipients' accounts until a thank you letter is received.

Application Details

The deadline for the SIAWE Scholarship has passed for the spring 2018 semester. The spring 2019 application will be available in the fall 2018 semester.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Personal Statement: You must provide a typed statement (minimum 300 words, maximum of 2 pages) that addresses the following points:
    • ​Financial need – indicate need for financial assistance, including any recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship).
    • Career goals - indicate what your future plans are after graduating from UT Austin.
  • Bank statements: You must provide copies of your monthly bank statements for the most recent three months, including a statement of deposits and balances.
    • Note: Bank statements should be in English.
  • ​​Special documentation (if applicable): Submit evidence of termination of a scholarship, loss of sponsorship, medical bills, or written documentation of government restrictions on funds/resources permitted out of your country that demonstrate financial need.

Outside Scholarships

Listed below are private foundations that offer scholarship or loan opportunities for international students. Most of these opportunities are offered at a nationwide level (they are not specific to UT).

The International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program which provides grants-in-aid for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. An international scholarship program was initiated by P.E.O. in 1949. The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund was established in 1959. Believing that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding, members of P.E.O. support this

Eligibility

An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in the college or university of her choice in the United States or Canada. Eligibility must be established before application material is sent to applicants. The eligibility material may be requested at any time, but the completed material will be accepted back in the International Peace Scholarship Office, P.E.O. Executive Office only after August 15, and before the deadline of December 15. Eligibility may be determined online through the IPS Online Eligibility Form.

Grants-In-Aid

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarships are given as grants-in-aid. They are not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses. At the time of application, the applicant is required to confirm additional financial resources adequate to meet her estimated expenses. Examples of additional resources are personal and family funds, tuition waivers, work scholarships, teaching assistantships, study grants and other scholarship grants.

Ineligibility

A student holding citizenship in the United States or Canada is ineligible. Scholarships are not given for online courses, research, internships, or practical training. Doctoral students who have completed course work and are only working on dissertations are not eligible as first-time applicants In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled and on campus for the entire school year. A student who has received an AAUW grant will be ineligible for an IPS scholarship during the same academic year. She will be eligible to apply for an IPS scholarship for the following year.

Application Procedures

Information concerning the International Peace Scholarship Program is available from:

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund
P.E.O. Executive Office
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312-2899

Application material will be sent only if satisfactory information establishing eligibility has been received from the applicant.

Applications must include:

  • Promise to Return - An applicant must submit a witnessed statement that upon completion of her degree program, she will return immediately to her own country to pursue her professional career. This statement must be signed by both applicant and witness. An applicant selected to receive a scholarship will be required to repay any scholarship monies received if she fails to return to her own country upon completion of her degree program.
  • Travel Expense - The applicant must have her round trip or return travel expense guaranteed at the time of application.
  • Sponsor- An applicant must have a sponsor who is a citizen of the United States or Canada, and who will act as her nonacademic adviser.

Announcement of Awards

Awards will be announced in April. The amount of the scholarship will be divided into two payments to be distributed in August and November.

The Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund offers interest-free loans to student from Latin America and the Caribbean.
The maximum loan is $7500 every 6 months and a maximum of $15,000 over all per student.

To be eligible a person must:

  • Be a citizen of a country in Latin America or the Caribbean
  • Be in F-1 or J-1 student status
  • Be within 2 years of completing an undergraduate degree or 3 years of completing a graduate degree
  • Be enrolled full-time
  • Maintain a meritorious academic record
  • Have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident act as co-guarantor on the loan
  • Find more information about this loan fund and access the application form

IEFA's Scholarship Search Engine allows you to search for outside scholarships by country of residence.

Other Financial Services

ISSS can also provide additional financial services and support for international students including, third-party billing, limited short-term loans, and CENCOEX letters.

The International Office (IO) provides third-party billing services to sponsored students. The IO will pay for all or part of a sponsored student’s tuition and required fees prior to the university's payment deadline, and will then invoice the student's sponsor to collect payment according to the billing schedule. The student is responsible for any amount not covered by the sponsor. The university charges a sponsored student fee per student, per semester. The fee is billed directly to the sponsor and will be included on the invoice for services rendered, including billing and individualized advising services.

A student is considered sponsored for billing purposes if the following requirements are met:

  • The student has provided a sponsorship letter that requests third-party billing. The sponsor letter should include:
    • Name of student
    • Name and contact information of the sponsor billing contact, including physical address, phone number, and email address
    • Specific length of sponsorship – this must include the actual semesters (including summer) that will be covered by the sponsor. Upon expiration of the sponsorship, the third-party billing arrangement will not be renewed unless an updated sponsor letter is provided to Sponsored Student Services.
      • Where letters do not indicate a specific end date, the length of sponsorship is determined by the estimated completion dates provided by the student on the Sponsorship Agreement Form or by the immigration document (I-20/DS-2019) end date.
    • Financial limits, including what fees and charges the sponsor will specifically cover, such as student health insurance. If the sponsor covers only a portion of the bill, this amount needs to be explicitly provided.
  • The sponsor expects to receive an invoice from the university and will pay the university directly.
  • The student has signed the sponsored student billing agreement form provided by the IO.
  • The student has checked in with Sponsored Student Services to facilitate and review the billing arrangement.

To contact Sponsored Student Services, please email: sponsoredstudent@austin.utexas.edu

The International Office can accept international wire transfers for students enrolled at the University. The funds wired should be for the purpose of attending the University. Effective fall 2015, the International Office will charge a $150 processing fee for incoming international wires. The fee is charged for each semester when a wire transfer is made. The fee will be posted to your What I Owe page immediately after the initial wire is received and will be payable within 30 days to avoid a bar being placed on your account.

Additionally, The University charges a $5 wire fee, which will be taken directly from the wired amount. This is in addition to any other fees charged by the sending bank or any intermediary bank involved. Therefore, the amount wired should factor in these amounts. (Note: the University wire fee is subject to change.)

If the funds are used to pay tuition for an upcoming semester, be mindful of deadlines. The International Office will pay the tuition bill only after the funds have been received or proof that the funds have been sent. The International Office will pay the tuition bill only pay up to the amount of the wire or the first installment if applicable. Please allow at least two weeks (or more, when the University is on holiday) prior to any tuition deadlines. The International Office is not responsible for any missed deadlines. If these deadlines cannot be met, please email Mark Ramirez immediately.

Once the wire has been initiated, the student must email Mark Ramirez, the accountant in charge of claiming wires for the International Office. In the email, please include:

  • The name and EID of the student
  • The amount of the wired amount
  • The date sent

This information will be used to claim the wire on the student’s behalf when it arrives at the University’s account. If this information is not included it will be difficult to identify the wire when it arrives which may create a delay in processing your funds.

Once received, the wire is applied to the tuition bill. The International Office will not process any other payments on the student's behalf such as housing. If there are any remaining funds, they will be refunded directly to the student via Direct Deposit or check sent to the local address on file. The following link can be used to add a Direct Deposit account to your profile: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/acct/rec/weft/webEFT_info.WBX. The International Office will not maintain student balances past the current semester and will refund student balances within a few weeks after the tuition has been paid. Keep in mind that the University might apply your refunds to any overdue charges owed to the University.

There are two types of institutional loans that international students may access through the International Office in order to temporarily finance their studies:

  • Tuition Loan ($4,000 maximum)
  • Emergency Cash Loan ($500 maximum)
Eligibility Requirements for Tuition and Emergency Cash Loans:
  • Must be enrolled full-time (Undergraduate – 12 hrs; Graduate – 9 hrs)*
  • Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA if Undergraduate; 3.0 GPA if Graduate
  • Must not have any outstanding financial bars

*Note: Accommodations will be made for students enrolled in Dissertation/Thesis/Report, which fall below full-time enrollment.

Special Considerations
  • 4% interest will be charged annually per loan.
  • Tuition Loans must be paid back to The University within three months of taking out the loan (two months if done during summer semester).
  • Emergency Cash Loans must be paid back to the University within one month of taking out the loan.
  • Emergency Cash Loans can not be given if less than 30 days are remaining in the current semester.
  • Repayment of a Tuition or Emergency Cash Loan can be completed online on the What I Owe page.
  • Failure to pay back a Tuition Loan or Emergency Cash Loan by the specified due date will result in a financial bar placed on the student’s record. A financial bar will prevent grades/transcripts/diplomas issuance and registration for classes. The loan will be turned over to a collection agency and a 30% collection fee will be added to the original amount if the financial bar continues to go unpaid.
  • Extensions for loan repayment can not be requested
How to Apply for a Tuition Loan

Tuition Loans are available through Student Accounts Receivable. Note that the maximum an international student may take borrow for a tuition loan is $4,000. Additionally, the promissory note for the tuition loan must be signed in person at the Student Accounts Receivable office located in MAI, Room 8. The remainder of the first installment of the tuition bill must be paid at the time of signing the promissory note.

Note: Student must have a High Assurance EID in order to process an online Tuition Loan. OR

Visit the International Office during office hours to request a loan to be processed.

How to Apply for an Emergency Cash Loan

Call the International Office at (512) 471-2477 to request a cash loan to be processed. OR

Visit the International Office during office hours to request a cash loan to be processed.