UTRGV Graduate Resource Grant

UTRGV Graduate Resource Grant
Exciting News for Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

UTRGV understands the importance of supporting our students and families by making the university experience more affordable.  Starting in Fall 2022, UTRGV is introducing the Graduate Resource Grant to eligible students. 

This new grant will be available to Graduate students in both traditional and accelerated online programs (excluding medical doctor students) and eligible students may receive up to $2,000 ($1,000 per Fall/Spring term) based on their financial need as determined by their FAFSA.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a Texas Resident
  • Submit a FAFSA by Priority deadline of January 15*
  • Must have Financial Need** as determined by FAFSA
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours (or 3 hours per module) for awarded semester
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA in masters program
  • Have a minimum of 3.25 GPA for doctoral program

*Based on fund availability per academic year and awarded on a first-come, first serve basis

**For an explanation of Financial Need, please refer to our FAQs section below


Frequently Asked Questions:



What is the Graduate Resource Grant?

The Graduate Resource Grant is the university’s commitment to making higher education more accessible for student pursuing a graduate degree.  UTRGV understands the importance of providing financial assistance for students with unmet financial need and strives to provide transparency in the awarding process.

How does it work?

A minimum of 2,500 graduate students, both traditional and accelerated online (excluding medical doctor students), will receive up to $2,000 ($1,000 per Fall/Spring term) based on their financial need as determined by the FAFSA (financial aid application).  Important Note:  This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and dependent on fund availability.

Do I need to have an Admission’s application on file?

Yes, students need to be fully admitted into a graduate program.  Students admitted conditionally will not be considered for this grant.

How much financial assistance will I receive?

Eligible students may receive up to $2,000 based on their financial need as determined by the FAFSA (financial aid application).

Is this grant renewable?

This grant is not renewable.  To qualify students must meet the criteria every new academic year.

I’m currently a Graduate student, am I eligible?

The Graduate Resource Grant is for students seeking a graduate degree and who meet all the eligibility criteria.

What is financial need?

Financial Need is the difference between the cost of attendance and the expected family contribution. (Financial Need = COA – EFC).

What is unmet financial need?

Unmet Financial Need, sometimes referred to as a gap, is the difference between Financial Need and the student’s need-based financial aid awards. (Unmet Financial Need = Financial Need – Financial Aid).

Is there a deadline to be considered for this grant?

To be considered for this grant, students must meet the FAFSA priority deadline of January 15.  Important Note:  This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and dependent on fund availability.

If I start attending in the Spring will I be eligible for the grant?

The Graduate Resource Grant is awarded to students who attend the entire academic year (Fall and Spring) and funds are typically not available for students that attend only in Spring.

If I’m seeking a 2nd masters degree will I qualify?

Students pursuing a 2nd masters will still be considered if they meet all the required criteria to be eligible for the grant.  Important Note:  This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and dependent on fund availability.