Scholarship Requirements and Policies
Congratulations! We look forward to having you begin your career as a lawyer here at Texas Law. A scholarship award signifies your hard work and accomplishments. It is also a reflection of our community of generous alumni and friends who want you to have a great experience in law school. They are investing in you and your success. Please take a moment to read through what is required of all our scholarship recipients.
- Thank you Letter and Scholarship Luncheon Requirements
We place a very high value on gratitude and acknowledgment. Thanking your scholarship donor, their family, or the person whom the scholarship is named for is a very important piece of this gratitude. All scholarship recipients must write formal thank you letters for each alum or friend of the Law School associated with their scholarship. The deadline for submitting your letter(s) for review is October 1. If you are awarded a new scholarship in the spring term, the deadline is May 22. All letters will be reviewed by the Alumni Relations and Development office. If recipients do not complete the thank you letter(s) as required, scholarships will be canceled and funds forfeited for the year. Please review the process for the submission and mailing of thank you letters, including tips and frequently asked questions. Typically, scholarship recipients are asked to attend a scholarship celebration event* for donors and recipients hosted by the Law School in the fall semester. Students and our alumni and friends find this connection very meaningful. *The Fall 2021 event will be held as virtual connections for specific scholarships.
- Minimum and Maximum Credits Requirement
To retain scholarship(s), a minimum load of 10 semester hours is required of all scholarship recipients with 20 semester hours of credit or more; a minimum load of 14 semester hours is required of all scholarship recipients with fewer than 20 semester hours of credit. A student may not take less than a minimum load without special permission from the Dean of Student Affairs and the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. The scholarship will renew provided that the recipient meets minimum performance standards and Satisfactory Academic Progress (as explained in the Law School catalog) and is on track to graduate within three years of his or her law school start date (or four years in the case of dual degree students).
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Requirement
All scholarship recipients who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which starts every October 1 before matriculating to Texas Law. Scholarship recipients must file a FAFSA starting October 1 for the subsequent summer, fall, and spring semesters to maintain scholarship eligibility as a continuing law student. Scholarship recipients who do not wish to acquire need-based financial aid from the FAFSA will have the opportunity to decline those offers. International students who are scholarship recipients are exempt from this requirement.
- Professional Standard of Behavior Requirement
All scholarship recipients are expected to maintain a standard of behavior consistent with becoming a member of the legal profession.
- UT-Austin Law School Tuition Requirement
Scholarship funds can only apply to fall or spring semesters where scholarship recipients are paying tuition at the School of Law to complete the JD program or an approved dual degree program. For example, students may not retain their scholarship when visiting another law school, completing an ad hoc study abroad program through another law school, or while completing any degree program at another College or School at The University of Texas at Austin that is not an approved dual degree program.
- Scholarship Repayment Policy
A student who withdraws at any time during the semester will be required to repay that semester’s scholarship award. A student who withdraws because of an urgent, substantial, and documented medical or mental health condition or other non-academic exigency may petition to the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid for relief from the repayment requirement.
Acceptance of any Texas Law scholarship indicates that recipients adhere to the requirements and policies above.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-232-1130, or stop by the Law School’s Office of Financial Aid, Townes Hall (TNH) 2.122.