Texas Tech University


For Incoming Freshmen

Paying for College | Offered over $220M in Scholarship Support | 76% of Students Received Aid in Fall 2023

We offer a variety of general and merit-based scholarship programs to help ease the cost of your education at Texas Tech. Earning a scholarship starts as you enter your senior year in high school. To increase your chances of an academic award, please apply to Texas Tech as soon as possible. You are encouraged to seek external scholarships which can supplement your award. Learn more about external scholarships here

Test Optional Scholarships

Students will designate if they would like to be test optional for both admission and scholarships on the application. Once an admission decision has been made, the test-optional designation cannot be changed.

General Scholarships

Students are considered for general scholarships with their application for admission to Texas Tech University. To increase your chances of an academic award, please apply for admission as soon as possible. Use the ApplyTexas or Common App application for admission and scholarship consideration.

The priority scholarship application deadline is December 1. Applications received after this date will be considered in the order they are received.

Presidential Merit Scholarships

Presidential Merit Scholarships are awarded to entering first-time freshmen who show exceptional academic ability. Annual award amounts pay one-half toward fall and one-half toward spring terms. If you are a non-resident awarded a Presidential Scholarship, you will also qualify to pay in-state tuition. All merit awards are guaranteed for students admitted by May 1. TTU Costa Rica Students are not eligible for scholarships.

2024-2025 Presidential Merit Scholarship


Awarding will begin in October to qualifying admitted students.

National Merit Finalists 

Qualifying students that designate Texas Tech University as their first choice institution are eligible to receive 100% of federally approved cost of attendance including tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation and a personal/miscellaneous allowance. Learn more here. 

External Scholarships

There are billions of dollars of external scholarship money available to students of all qualifications, abilities, and interests. These external scholarships may be provided by private donors, foundations, businesses and many other sources outside of Texas Tech University.

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