The Scholarship and Financial Aid Process

Merit Scholarships

Incoming Students:  All incoming admitted students are automatically considered for merit scholarships by submitting their Fall J.D. Application.  There is no separate application for scholarship consideration.  Incoming students are awarded scholarships for each of their three years of law school and are guaranteed those scholarships so long as they meet minimum performance standards.

Current Students:  Second- and third-year students will need to complete a Scholarship Profile to be considered for continuation of the scholarships awarded to them as incoming students.  In addition, there are limited additional scholarships for which continuing students may be considered.  These scholarships are determined by additional criteria such as performance in particular areas of law and involvement/leadership in student organizations and journals.   Please note that we are not able to negotiate the original scholarship you received as an incoming student.   The Scholarship Profile will be made available by the Office of Financial Aid in the spring semester for the subsequent academic year.

Completing the FAFSA

All Students:  The financial aid process to be considered for need-based aid begins with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the application the university uses to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional awards such as loans, grants and need-based scholarships. The best way to complete the FAFSA is online at FAFSA on the Web. The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 for the following summer, fall and spring academic terms.  You must either be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident to qualify for federal financial aid. Students must reapply for federal financial aid each year.

Notification of Awards

Incoming Students:  Texas Law will notify admitted students of any scholarship awards within three weeks of their admission.

All Students:  Once the university has received a student’s FAFSA information and any required verification documents, it will send an Electronic Financial Aid Notification (EFAN) by email. The EFAN will list all eligible awards. Students can view their awards and must respond by the deadline listed on their letter. Students can accept or decline the awards offered and/or reduce the loan amounts offered.

Students receiving law school Scholarships will find them listed on their EFAN under Additional Student Resources.

Scholarship eligibility is generally determined through a holistic review of both financial need and academic merit.

Completion Requirements

All Students:  In addition to submitting the FAFSA, some scholarship and financial aid programs have specific requirements before awards can be disbursed. See the CASH site for more information.

Law School Scholarship Requirements

All Students:  All scholarship recipients must confirm/update their TAX ID# information in order to receive their scholarships.

Please refer to this page to learn more about our scholarship requirements.


All Students:  Loan programs require first time borrowers at The University of Texas School of Law to sign promissory notes, undergo loan entrance counseling and/or in some cases, most notably private loans, complete a separate loan application. To complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) log into CASH “What do I need to Complete?” and follow the instructions.

Receiving Aid

All Students:  The law school will be able to release student funds after all requirements have been met. Funds will be released no earlier than 10 days before the start of each semester.

All tuition and fee notifications will be sent to a student’s current email address. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain a current email address. The university is not responsible for email messages returned because of full mailbox, spam filters or “User Unknown.” (See the official policy for additional information.)

All students are required to pay their tuition and fee bills before any financial aid will release. See the My Tuition Bill page on UT Direct to access this information. Tuition and fee bills can be deferred to expected financial aid (excluding law school scholarships).

All students are responsible for ensuring alignment of hours between the Student Affairs Office and the Student Financial Aid Office. Financial aid will not release if the number of enrolled hours does not match the number of hours of the student’s financial aid budget.

After tuition and fees are paid, any excess funds will be sent to the student, either by mail to their local address or directly deposited into their bank account. After a student upgrades their UT EID with the university, the student may complete an authorization form to set up electronic funds transfers (including payment and deposits). Forms are available to be submitted online or a printable document can be downloaded.

MAKE SURE your current local and permanent addresses are on file as well as your current email address. Update your addresses online at the Registrar’s website or with the Student Financial Aid Office (TNH 2.122).

Check Your Status

To check the status of your financial aid file or release of funds at UT Austin: