Program Requirements

Students meeting the qualifications listed below will have tuition, fees and $500 of book expenses covered by gift aid for the regular academic year (fall and spring). Academic year enrollment and book expenses 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 2014-2015 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 is contingent upon availability of funds and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served 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 visit 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 US Tax Return (if required to file) for the current base year or they may choose to use the IRS Data Retieval Tool to securely and accurately transfer IRS tax information into the FAFSA.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete a FAFSA by the March 15th Priority Deadline



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