Program Requirements


What Is It and How Do I Qualify?

Students meeting the qualifications listed below will have tuition and fee expenses and $500 of book expenses per semester for the regular academic year (fall and spring) covered by grant and/or scholarship aid. Academic year enrollment charges and book stipend will be covered with different forms of gift aid, including Federal, state, institutional (including the UTPAchieve Grant) and private forms of scholarships and grants.


To be eligible for UTPAchieve for 2013-2014 year, students must:

  • Have a family income of $40,000 or less and demonstrate financial need as reported on the FAFSA.
  • Be classified as a Texas resident
  • Be enrolled for 15 hours or more per semester
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate in a degree-seeking program
  • Entering Freshman must meet the UTPA admission requirements and have a minimum ACT composite score of 19, or a SAT composite score of 900 (math and verbal), or be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class
  • Returning students must be meeting the financial aid satisfactory academic progress requirements and have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Transfer students must have a transfer GPA of 2.5
  • Priority will be given to students that have filed the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year by March 15th

UTPAchieve is available for a maximum of eight semesters or until graduation, whichever occurs first. Program funding each academic year is contingent upon availability of funds and will be awarded on a first come-first serve basis until funds are exhausted. Late payment fees, late registration fees, excess credit hour fees, class repeat fees, drop fees, and any fees for auxiliary services (such as parking or citation fees) are not covered by UTPAchieve.


How Do I Apply?

Applying for UTPAchieve is easy. Simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at or come by our Financial Aid Express Lab in Room 1.195 of the Student Services Building for one-on-one assistance. 


To complete the FAFSA students will need their and their parent’s completed 2012 US Tax Return (if required to file).

Students are strongly encouraged to complete a FAFSA by the March15th Priority Deadline


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