College of Business

Financial Aid

    The Department of Economics has two sources of financial aid for domestic and international students. Graduate teaching assistantships and department scholarships are available on a competitive basis to students majoring in economics.
  • Graduate Assistantships in the Department of Economics

  • The predominant form of financial aid is the assistantship which provides a modest monthly stipend and a reduction of tuition to in-state levels for international students. As the number of assistantships is limited, they are granted on a competitive basis. Applicants for these positions must possess quality research skills in order to provide valuable assistance to their assigned professor. Awarding of assistantships depends on the availability of funds for assistantships in the Department of Economics. If there are more applicants than positions available, assistantships will be awarded on the basis of GPA, test scores, and other factors such as previous work performance, training in economics, and satisfying the needs of the department.
  • It is expected that those who apply for graduate assistantships be enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a graduate degree in economics. Those who apply must be able to operate basic research software such as MS Word and Excel. The Department of Economics stresses that its first priority is to students enrolled in the MA program in Economics. Lower priority will be given to graduate students in the College of Business.
  • According to The University of Texas at Arlington regulations, to qualify for an assistantship a student must also meet the following conditions:
  • Unconditional admission status (provisional or probational acceptance precludes eligibility);
  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA must be maintained (probation precludes eligibility);
  • No other outside employment;
  • Satisfactory and timely completion of assigned tasks;
  • Satisfactory progress towards an advanced degree in economics;
  • A minimum of six hours in the summer and a minimum of nine hours of coursework per long semester;
  • The Office of Graduate Studies requires an applicant whose native language is not English to submit a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS. UTA does not require the TOEFL or IELTS for an applicant whose native language is not English IF he or she holds a bachelor or masters degree from a US institution; and
  • The student must possess a social security number. If not, apply for it immediately.
  • An assistantship is only awarded for the current semester and renewal of an assistantship depends on the availability of funding and previous work performance. Assistantships are awarded on a semester basis and will not be renewed if job performance is unsatisfactory. The Department of Economics does not hire research assistants.
    An assistantship is reserved for M.A. students in economics and dual degree students in which economics is the primary degree.
  • Return to Department of Economics, Box 19479, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019. Return in person to suite 309, College of Business, The University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Graduate Scholarships in the Department of Economics

  • The award of a scholarship will not be affected in any way by race, religion, creed, or gender, but will be awarded on the basis of the student’s potential and interest in a degree program in economics.
  • GRADUATE students – Award amounts vary from $500 to $2500
  • Must be enrolled in a Masters of Economics program at UTA
  • Must have completed a minimum of nine credit hours of 5000 level courses in Economics at UTA
  • A student must be registered for at least 6 hours.
  • GPA of 3.4 or above in 5000-level courses in economics
  • One letter of recommendation from UTA Economics faculty
  • Submit application form no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester
  • Scholarships are awarded once per semester and may be received more than once during a student’s course of work. Students must re-apply each semester.
  • FAST-TRACK students -- $1500 one-time award
  • Submit application form and gain admission to the economics fast-track program
  • Scholarship awarded for the first semester after completing the undergraduate degree
  • Return to Department of Economics, Box 19479, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019. Return in person to suite 309, College of Business, The University of Texas at Arlington.
  • The McCrea Scholarship

  • The Joan McCrea Memorial Scholarship program was established by James McCrea with the support of friends and family in memory of his wife. Dr. Joan McCrea was employed as professor of economics at The University of Texas at Arlington from September 1966 until her death in 1984. Her professional expertise was in the field of labor economics. The scholarship program, established in her name, is designed to further her work and goals.
  • The Ziegler Scholarship

  • The Ziegler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the Department of Economics, the College of Business, friends, and family to honor the memory and contributions of Dr. Lawrence Ziegler at The University of Texas at Arlington. Professor Ziegler was a member of the Economics Department from September 1969 until March 1996. He was Acting Chairman of the Department from January 1993 through September 1995.
  • The Dennis Scholarship

  • The Richard L. and Betty Shelton Dennis Endowed Scholarship was established through the generosity of James and Mildred Dennis to honor their son, Richard, and to memorialize their daughter-in-law, Betty Shelton Dennis who passed away in 1998. Betty Dennis earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics at The University of Texas at Arlington. Richard Dennis was a visiting assistant professor at the university from 1981-1983.

  • Undergraduate Scholarships in the Department of Economics

  • Scholarships are reserved exclusively for students unconditionally accepted in the BA, BS, or BBA programs in Economics. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA as computed by the UTA Registrar’s Office and have earned an A in both ECON 3310 and ECON 3312. Students must furnish an unofficial copy of their transcript showing GPA and grades in ECON 3310 and ECON 3312. Please turn in this transcript and completed application to the Department of Economics, Box 19479, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 or return in person to suite 309, College of Business, The University of Texas at Arlington.
  • UNDERGRADUATE students -- $1000 one-time award
  • Must be an economics major
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Must earn an A in Econ 3310 and Econ 3312
  • Submit application no later than four weeks after meeting all of the above requirements (June, August, and January)
  • Scholarship is awarded for the next semester you are enrolled following the completion of the above requirements.
  • FAST-TRACK students -- $1500 one-time award
  • Submit application form and gain admission to the economics fast-track program
  • Scholarship awarded for the first semester after completing the undergraduate degree
  • The McCrea Scholarship

  • The Joan McCrea Memorial Scholarship program was established by James McCrea with the support of friends and family in memory of his wife. Dr. Joan McCrea was employed as professor of economics at The University of Texas at Arlington from September 1966 until her death in 1984. Her professional expertise was in the field of labor economics. The scholarship program, established in her name, is designed to further her work and goals.
  • The Ziegler Scholarship

  • The Ziegler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the Department of Economics, the College of Business, friends, and family to honor the memory and contributions of Dr. Lawrence Ziegler at The University of Texas at Arlington. Professor Ziegler was a member of the Economics Department from September 1969 until March 1996. He was Acting Chairman of the Department from January 1993 through September 1995.
  • The Dennis Scholarship

  • The Richard L. and Betty Shelton Dennis Endowed Scholarship was established through the generosity of James and Mildred Dennis to honor their son, Richard, and to memorialize their daughter-in-law, Betty Shelton Dennis who passed away in 1998. Betty Dennis earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics at The University of Texas at Arlington. Richard Dennis was a visiting assistant professor at the university from 1981-1983.
  • Return to Department of Economics, Box 19479, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 or return in person to suite 309, College of Business, The University of Texas at Arlington.