Do It In 4 with 3 New Programs!

Reduce your debt, accelerate your graduation and launch your career with one of three new graduate on-time incentive programs at UTPA. Discover how you can graduate in four years and get more money in your pocket. Why drag it out?

How Does 15=$500?

The new 15 Hour Cash Back incentive program is designed to help you pay for that extra class you need to complete your degree in four years. This program becomes available starting spring 2013! Students that meet the eligibility requirements can automatically receive up to $500 during each regular semester (fall or spring). There is no financial aid application or separate application required!

To be eligible to receive the 15 Hour Cash Back award, students must:

  • Be in a degree seeking program towards a first Bachelor’s degree
  • Have a 2.5 cumulative institutional GPA, and meet satisfactory academic progress.
  • Complete 15 hours that count towards your degree during the prior regular semester (fall/spring)
  • Be enrolled for 15 hours during current regular semester (fall/spring)
  • Not have tuition, fees and book costs fully covered by scholarships or grants*

This award is available for resident, non-resident and international students. If other gift aid is partially covering tuition, fees and book costs, the award amount will be limited to the difference not covered, up to $500. Repeat courses do not count toward meeting the 15 hour requirement. It is available for a maximum of eight semesters. A student earning a 15 Hour Cash Back award during their final undergraduate term may use it during their first Graduate semester if enrolled the following immediate regular semester (fall or spring). Funds are awarded on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted.

To learn how you can receive up to a $500 award please contact the Student Financial Services Office at 956-665-2501 or visit For more information about the advantages of graduating in 4 years visit


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

Summer Boost

This program is designed to help students decrease time to graduation by encouraging summer enrollment. Students that meet the eligibility requirements can receive $600 for enrolling in 1 class and $1,200 for enrolling in 2 classes during the summer term(s).

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Have successfully completed 24 hours during regular academic year (fall and spring)
  • Student must be in a degree seeking program working towards a first Bachelor’s degree
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined from the FAFSA application
  • Complete the summer financial aid application (summer notification)
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Have a 2.0 GPA

Applying for the Summer Boost is easy. You must submit the Summer Notification located on the financial aid website at starting January 1st. Program funding is contingent upon availability of funds and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are exhausted.  If you need assistance to submit the summer notification you may come by our Express Lab located on the first floor of the student services building Rm. 1.195. In order to determine need, you must have already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at for the current academic year.