Student Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid provides comprehensive financial assistance to students seeking a higher education. The financial assistance offered at Texas Tech includes scholarships, grants, employment, loans, and is awarded to students on the basis of financial need, merit, and other specific program eligibility requirements. Need is defined as the difference between the cost of attending Texas Tech, the family’s contribution as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and the amount of money reasonably available to the student from all sources.
No student or prospective student shall be excluded from participating in or be denied the benefits of any financial aid program at Texas Tech on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. Although qualifications required for each financial aid program may differ, the general requirements for financial assistance at Texas Tech are that the student must be admitted and enrolled for at least one-half the normal academic load, be in good academic standing with the university, and demonstrate need as determined by the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
Types of Assistance. The university participates in the following financial assistance programs:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- TEXAS Grant
- Texas Public Education Grant
- TEACH Grant
- Federal Work–Study Program
- Texas B-On-Time Loan
- Hinson–Hazlewood College Access Loan
- Perkins Student Loan
- Federal Direct Loans
- Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate Students
- Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students
Application Deadlines. Although no strict deadlines have been established for applications for most financial aid programs at Texas Tech, priority is given to applications completed by March 15 for the fall semester, by October 1 for the spring semester, and by March 1 for the summer session. Applications completed after these dates will be considered, but no guarantee can be given that the funds will be available when needed. Deadline for scholarship applications is February 1.
Scholarship Information. Incoming students can submit applications at www.applytexas.org and current Texas Tech students can submit applications at www.scholarships.ttu.edu for consideration for university scholarships, college and departmental scholarships, and need-based scholarships. Students may choose to further seek major-specific scholarships by contacting their department or college dean’s office.
Presidential scholarships are awarded to entering freshmen based on SAT and ACT test scores and class rank of top 25 percent. Presidential scholarships range in value from $3,000 to $6,000 per year. Contact the Texas Tech Scholarship Office att www.scholarships.ttu.edu for more information on presidential scholarships.
College and departmental scholarships are awarded to students from the 11 colleges and more than 100 academic departments at Texas Tech. They are awarded to entering and current students based on major, academics, leadership, community involvement, financial need, or any combination of these factors. College and departmental scholarships range in value from $200 to $5,000 per year. For more information on college and departmental scholarships, please contact those offices or go to www.depts.ttu.edu for a website listing of departments.
Need-based scholarships are awarded to entering and current students based on financial need, academics, major, leadership, county of residence, or any combination of these and other factors. Need-based scholarships range in value from $200 to $2,500 per year. For more information on need-based scholarships, go to www.scholarships.ttu.edu.
Students receiving scholarships from sources outside of Texas Tech University should submit scholarship checks to Texas Tech University Scholarship Office, Box 45011, Lubbock, TX 79409-5011. External scholarships will be credited to tuition and fees and included in financial aid packages.
Academic Requirements for Assistance. Federal regulations require that all financial aid recipients maintain satisfactory academic progress. The guidelines applied in determining satisfactory academic progress are located on the financial aid website at www.depts.ttu.edu/financialaid/.
Assistance for Graduate Students. Financial opportunities are available through both the Graduate School and graduate academic departments. The Graduate School coordinates and disburses scholarships and fellowships each year for new and continuing degree- seeking students (both full- and part-time). The AT&T Chancellor’s Fellowship and CH Foundation Doctoral Fellowship are available to departments to aid them in attracting new graduate students to Texas Tech. The majority of deadlines are in the spring (typically February) for awards for the upcoming fall and spring semesters. Many departments also support graduate students through scholarships and assistantship positions, and these must be requested from the specific department concerned. On-line applications and information are available at www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/scholarships/.
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