Accelerated Programs

Students accepted into The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley’s Accelerated Programs, and meet the FAFSA eligibility requirements are able to receive financial aid to pay towards their educational expenses. Since the accelerated program utilizes many different start dates during each term, it is important for students in the Accelerated Program be aware of their program’s policies and how they affect financial aid processes.


Accelerated Program Policy

  1. Students can only be matriculated into one academic program concurrently. For example, a student cannot be matriculated into the accelerated online MBA program and into the on-campus MBA program concurrently. This does not preclude a student from withdrawing from one program and entering into the other.

  2. In accordance with the above policy, students cannot enroll in accelerated online classes and traditional on campus classes concurrently.

  3. As a result of the intense, accelerated format of these programs, a graduate student matriculated into one will be defined as full-time upon enrollment in six credit hours in any two seven-week accelerated modules that comprise a traditional academic semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer).

  4. A student matriculated into one of the accelerated online graduate program will be considered part-time upon enrollment in three credit hours in any two seven-week accelerated modules that comprise a traditional academic semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer).

For any questions you may contact us at Please include your name and student ID number with your inquiry.

Eligible Programs

Note: Students can only receive financial aid if they are in a degree seeking program.  Therefore students pursing certifications, such as Principle Certification and Assessment of Exceptional Learners Teacher Credential Certification, are not eligible to receive federal aid. 

 Accelerated Programs

Enrollment Policy

The enrollment policy for students participating in the accelerated program are as follows:

Hours Enrolled
Less than Half - Time 1 to 2
Half - Time 3 to 5
Full - Time 6+

Additional Aid Request

Students who have accepted their financial aid, but are in need of more aid, can request additional aid through our Additional Aid Request. Eligible students are able to request additional aid such as Federal Direct Subsidized Loan (undergraduates only), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, etc.

Additional Aid requests are processed in 3-5 business days.

Federal Return of Title IV Funds

Students who receive federal funded financial aid, and withdraw from the university are subject to the Return of Title IV Funds policy as required by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information visit our Withdrawing and Return of Funds page.

Pell Recalculation Date (PRD) for Modules

UTRGV is permitted to set a Pell Recalculation Date (PRD) as a means to establish a timeframe for students to add or drop courses to determine a student’s enrollment status for Pell Awarding purposes.

UTRGV has assigned a PRD to each module within a Semester.

If a student is enrolled in several modules within the payment period (Semester), the latest active PRD will be used. An active PRD is if a student began attendance in the module.

When a PRD is activated, all courses within the semester will be considered when determining enrollment status.

Pell Recalculation Dates

Enrollment PRD
Fall Module I & II Fall Module II - October 25, 2016
Fall Module I Fall Module I – August 30, 2016
Fall Module II Fall Module II – October 25, 2016
Spring Module I & II Spring Module II – March 7, 2017
Spring Module I Spring Module I – January 10, 2017
Spring Module II Spring Module II – March 7, 2017
Summer Module I & II Summer Module II – June 27, 2017
Summer Module I Summer Module I – May 2, 2017
Summer Module II Summer Module II – June 27, 2017

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