Students who wish to apply for financial aid must meet certain general eligibility criteria to apply for most need-based financial aid. If you meet the criteria outlined below, please review the steps listed under the Application Process to ensure that you complete all required steps.
General eligibility requirements:
- must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (for all federal programs);
- must be working toward a degree or teacher certification at UTA;
- must have a high school diploma or its equivalent;
- must be enrolled at least half-time at UT Arlington (6 undergraduate hours for undergraduate students, 5 graduate hours for graduate students for all terms including summer);
- must meet the published Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements;
- must resolve any drug conviction issues;
- must not be receiving financial aid at another institution while receiving aid at UT Arlington.
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1. Complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using your 2013 federal income tax return information. The IRS Data Retrieval function will allow you to access IRS data for tax returns that have already been filed. You may file electronically through FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is used to establish your eligibility for various financial aid programs.
To ensure that your award includes all terms in which you plan to enroll at UT Arlington including Summer 2014, you should also complete information on the FA Future Enrollment link in the Student Center of your MyMav account.
2. Within two weeks after the FAFSA is filed, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) electronically from the U.S. Department of Education, if you included an email address when you filed your FAFSA. You should review it for accuracy and any further instructions.
3. A number of financial aid applicants are selected by the U.S. Department of Education for a process called verification. This
means that you will be required to provide additional documents to complete your
financial aid file. Examples of required documents include the student’s 2013 IRS tax return transcript, the parents' 2013 IRS tax
return transcript if parental data was required on the FAFSA, verification of household size, and child support paid. Required verification documents are targeted to each student, so you are only required to submit the specific documents requested from you. Signed copies of the federal income tax returns are no longer acceptable documentation. If you used the IRS Data Retrieval function when completing your FAFSA and did not change any of the data provided, you will not be required to submit IRS tax return transcripts.
Click here to view a video for those who have been selected for verification.
You may contact your local IRS office directly. This link provides a list of offices that provide in person taxpayer assistance: http://www.irs.gov/localcontacts/index.html.
We will notify you by mail of any required outstanding documents. You may also see a list of the outstanding items in the To Do List on the Student Services Center page of your MyMav account and in the Comments section of the SAR. Prompt response to our requests will expedite the awarding process. No financial aid awards can be made until these documents are received and reviewed.
4. Once your financial aid file is completed, it will be reviewed and awarded. You will be sent a Financial Aid Award Notification e-mail outlining your financial aid award. In order to receive the financial aid funds awarded to you, you must accept the awards online through your MyMav account. Instructions will be sent to you with your award notification.
5. If you are a first-time borrower through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, you will be required to complete additional steps to receive loan funds. Upon your acceptance of loan funds you should click the name of the award in your MyMav account for additional instructions and information. Follow all instructions concerning the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling requirements. NO LOAN FUNDS WILL BE RECEIVED until all steps are completed.
If you wish to apply for financial aid for the 2014 spring term, you should complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.
Change of financial circumstances:
If there have been changes in your financial situation or if there are any unusual circumstances that could affect your ability or your family's ability to contribute to your education, please contact our office. You may wish to complete a Request for Review of Special Circumstances form located in the Forms section of this website so that we may have a more accurate picture of your financial situation.
Changes to awards:
In certain cases, revisions must be made to your financial aid award after the award is completed and/or accepted. Some events that could cause the award to be reduced or cancelled include:
- enrolling for fewer hours than originally indicated
- enrolling as a less than half-time student (6 hours for undergraduates, 5 hours for graduates) at UT Arlington
- dropping hours during the refund period
- withdrawing from UT Arlington
- receiving aid from other sources including departmental and outside scholarships, tuition waivers, or employer benefits after financial aid is awarded
- becoming eligible to pay the in-state tuition rate if the initial award was based on paying out-of-state tuition charges
- receiving financial aid at another school while receiving financial aid at UT Arlington
You will be notified if a change in your financial aid award is required.
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Legislation enacted in Senate Bill 1528 (SB1528) and House Bill 1403 (HB1403) grants residence status for tuition purposes to certain non-resident students. Criteria, details and forms to determine eligibility for this status are at www.uta.edu/admissions/freshmen/apply/residency.php.
SB1528/HB1403 students are not eligible for federal funds and therefore cannot complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
An alternate form, the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA), is available at www.collegeforalltexans.com for SB1528/HB1403 students to apply for need-based
state funds. The completed hard copy and all supporting documents should be turned in to the UTA Financial Aid Office, Box 19199, 252 Davis Hall, Arlington, TX.
Funds for students eligible to complete the TASFA form are extremely limited, so early completion of the TASFA is recommended. At UT Arlington, the state fund from which TASFA awards are made is the TEXAS Grant.
Please refer to the TEXAS Grant section in the Financial Aid Programs page of this website or at www.collegeforalltexans.com for TEXAS Grant eligibility requirements.
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