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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 about Financial Aid for International Students.

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 Oct. 1 as possible for the following academic year.
    • Submit the FAFSA online at 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 email 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 about UT scholarships and grants.

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 about department scholarships.

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 about aid for Florida residents.

Special Circumstances

If your family’s financial circumstances change after you apply for aid, contact your UT Financial Aid counselor. Special circumstances can potentially include:

  • Loss of income
  • Reduced income
  • Unusually high medical expenses
  • Separation or divorce
  • Elementary/secondary tuition expenses
  • Loss of benefit (child support, etc.)
  • Federally declared natural disaster

The U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid Disaster provides information on how your financial aid eligibility may change if you reside or attend school in an area affected by a federally declared natural disaster. 

Over awards

Your total financial aid award may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by the Financial Aid Office. UT grants and scholarships, unless otherwise noted, may be applied toward tuition and fees only. If you are receiving aid from privately funded programs, the aid you have already been awarded may be reduced or changed. It is your responsibility to notify the University of any aid from privately funded programs. The Financial Aid Office will notify you if changes to your aid are necessary.