UTRGV Tuition Advantage

UTRGV Tuition Advantage (graduate smiling on commencement day)

As the cost of obtaining a college education continues to rise, UTRGV understands the importance of supporting our students and families by helping make the university experience affordable. UTRGV is proud to announce, the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant. Launching in Fall 2020, this program will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for students with a family adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria Table

First Time Freshman Student

Returning Student

New Transfer Student

$75K Family Adjusted Gross Income or Less

$75K Family Adjusted Gross Income or Less

$75K Family Adjusted Gross Income or Less

Minimum 19 ACT or 1010 SAT or Top 10% of HS Class

Minimum 2.5 UTRGV GPA

Minimum 2.5 Overall GPA

Admitted to UTRGV by March 1st

Admitted to UTRGV by March 1st

Admitted to UTRGV by March 1st

*FAFSA/TASFA completed by March 1st

*FAFSA/TASFA completed by March 1st

*FAFSA/TASFA completed by March 1st

Texas Resident

Texas Resident

Texas Resident

Financial Need 

Financial Need 

Financial Need 

Enrolled 15 Semester Credit Hours or more

Enrolled 15 Semester Credit Hours or more

Enrolled 15 Semester Credit Hours or more

Covers:  Tuition and Mandatory Fees  

Covers:  Tuition and Mandatory Fees  

Covers:  Tuition and Mandatory Fees  

*Based on Fund Availability

FAQs

  • What is the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant?

    The UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant is the university's commitment to making higher education more accessible. Starting Fall 2020, students who qualify for this program will have tuition and mandatory fees fully covered.  UTRGV understands the importance of providing financial assistance for students with unmet financial need. UTRGV strives to provide transparency and facilitate mutual understanding regarding all awards and responsibilities involved through assured financial aid assistance.
  • Did UTRGV have a program similar to the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant prior to Fall 2020?

    Yes, the UTRGV Achieve grant was developed in the Fall of 2016 to assists students with a family adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less.
  • How does UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant work?

    The UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant is a program designed to fully cover tuition and mandatory fees by first utilizing federal and state aid, like Federal Pell and Texas Grant, scholarships and other gift aid.  Any remaining tuition and mandatory fees not covered by these programs will be covered by the Tuition Advantage.
  • If I am a new student seeking the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant, do I need to have an admission application on file with UTRGV?

    Yes, if you are a new freshman or transfer student, you must have submitted the appropriate ApplyTexas Application and been admitted to UTRGV by the March 1 deadline.
  • How do I Apply for the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant?

    Whether a new Freshman, Transfer Student, or a current UTRGV student, you need to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid)  by March 1st**.  All students who meet this deadline will automatically be considered for the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant.

    **Please Note: If your FAFSA/TASFA application is selected for verification or you are under a verification review, your verification file must be completed and finalized by the financial aid office by march 1st. It is important to submit your verification documentation timely to allow the financial aid office to review and complete your file by March 1st.
  • How much financial assistance will I receive with the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant?

    For eligible students with a family adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less, tuition and mandatory fees will be covered through grants, scholarships and/or additional UTRGV financial aid.
  • Are awards associated with the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant renewable?

    Yes, as long as your family's adjusted gross income is $75,000 or less and you meet the renewal eligibility requirements.  Renewal of your UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant is contingent on your annual FAFSA submission.
  • Are transfer students eligible for the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant?

    Yes, transfer students new to UTRGV are eligible as long as the overall GPA is greater than 2.5 and all transfer eligibility requirements are met.
  • If I am currently receiving the Achieve Grant, will I continue to receive it?

    The UTRGV Achieve Grant will be available for eligible students during the 2019-2020 academic year.  The UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant will replace the UTRGV Achieve Grant starting Fall 2020 for eligible students.
  • If I am a Graduate Student, am I eligible for the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant?

    The UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant is for students seeking an undergraduate degree.  Undergraduate students must be working toward the completion of their first undergraduate degree and meet the eligibility criteria.
  • If I am currently enrolled at UTRGV, am I eligible for the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant?

    Currently enrolled undergraduates working on their first bachelor’s degree are eligible for the UTRGV Tuition Advantage grant.  Students currently enrolled at UTRGV must meet the Returning Students eligibility criteria.