How to Apply

Although most aid programs are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only, UT does offer partial scholarships to academically exceptional undergraduate international students. Learn more.

For Need-Based Aid or Student Loans

  1. Complete the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid determines your eligibility for all federal, state and UT need-based aid programs. First-time applicants should complete the FAFSA as soon after Jan. 1 as possible for the following academic year.

    • Submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. Remember to complete the signature requirements described in the instructions. Filing online is the best method for reducing errors and processing time. However, if you need a paper application, call (800) 4-FED-AID.

    • IMPORTANT: List UT, Tampa, FL, on your FAFSA so your information is sent directly to UT. The federal school code for UT is 001538. Estimate your income taxes if not completed yet.

    • Dependent students must report parental information on the FAFSA. Learn more about dependency status.

    • Apply early. Aid is awarded on a funds-available basis.

  2. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR). After filing the FAFSA or renewal application, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report from the U.S. Department of Education's Central Processing System to the address on your FAFSA application. If you filed electronically, the SAR is sent to the e-mail address on your FAFSA application. Learn more about the SAR and award notification.
     
  3. Re-apply each year. You must re-file the FAFSA every year. Aid generally is renewed if you demonstrate satisfactory academic progress, financial need (based on the result of your FAFSA renewal application) and funds remain available. Learn more about financial aid renewal.
    
For additional guidance on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) go to 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA, or go to the IRS Data Retrieval Tutorial for tips on how to use this feature.

For UT Undergraduate Aid

Merit Scholarships
Full-time undergraduate students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships when they are admitted. No separate application is required. Academic scholarship offers are sent with your acceptance letter. Learn more.

Departmental Scholarships
UT offers several departmental scholarships for full-time undergraduate students with demonstrated talent or based on their declared major. Eligibility and application requirements vary. Learn more.

For Florida Residents

A variety of financial aid programs are offered for Florida residents. Students or dependent students’ parents must have been residents of Florida for a least 12 consecutive months before the first day of classes. Learn more.

Special Circumstances

If your family’s financial circumstances change after you apply for aid, contact your UT Financial Aid counselor. Special circumstances include:
  • Loss of income
  • Reduced income
  • Unusually high medical expenses
  • Separation or divorce
  • Elementary/secondary tuition expenses
  • Loss of benefit (child support, etc.)

Other Aid

Many UT students receive outside scholarships to help fund their education. Check with your high school guidance office or search the Web. Be wary of search services that charge a fee. You should not have to pay for a legitimate financial aid search. Learn more about scholarship scams. Begin your search with the following: