Can I afford it?
UNT offers need-based financial aid such as federal and state grants, loans and work-study jobs, plus scholarships and loans that are not based on demonstrated need. So there are a number of options available to you and your child for affording college.
The majority of UNT students receive some kind of financial aid, and many have jobs on or off campus while they are enrolled. Other options include payment plans for tuition and housing. We recommend that you apply as early as possible, since funds are limited
The 2013-14 costs for an undergraduate student enrolled in 15 semester credit hours for the fall and spring semester are:
- Tuition and fees: $9,105 (out-of-state students: $19,725)
- Residence hall room and board:$7,356 (Rates are current at the time of printing but are subject to change.)
We estimate that books and supplies will cost $1,250 per year, but this varies by major. For example, physics textbooks can be more expensive than philosophy textbooks, and an art student’s supplies will cost more than those of an English major. Many students save money by purchasing used textbooks and selling them back at the end of the semester. Students can reserve textbooks for the coming semester at the UNT Bookstore.
Textbook rental is a relatively new and affordable option for your student. The UNT Bookstore offers a rental option for many textbooks, but not all.
Applying for financial aid
The best time to apply for financial aid is in January or February of that enrollment year for example, January 2014 to enroll beginning Fall 2014. That may sound early, but the process is lengthy. We recommend applying early to ensure plenty of time for application processing and to receive first consideration of awards. Your child should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The Admissions priority deadline for scholarship consideration is Feb. 1.
We recommend that your child lead the application process. You will certainly need to assist, but students who are involved from the beginning have a better understanding of how to continue monitoring financial aid throughout their college career.
Your child may apply for scholarships funded by the university, specific academic departments, alumni and staff members. Merit-based, need-based and athletic-based scholarships are usually available. Some of UNT’s scholarship opportunities include:
- Meritorious Scholarships
- Terry Foundation Scholarships for future leaders of Texas
- General Academic Scholarships
- UNT Excellence Scholarships for students in the top 50 percent of their high school class and score at least 1100 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT.
Encouraging your child to take 15 hours or more each semester under UNT’s Timely Graduation Tuition Program can lead to big savings over time and ensure that your child graduates on time. The plan allows all full-time undergraduate students to pay about the same tuition and fee rate regardless of how many hours they take. This helps students graduate earlier and earn more money sooner.
To ensure your student stays on track to graduate without taking extra courses, UNT offers an online degree audit which lists all of your student’s degree requirements in a graphic-friendly output referred to as the “interactive audit.” With few exceptions, the information presented is identical to the information viewed by your child’s academic advisors. For undecided students, the online degree audit allows users to run “what if” degree audits for all the majors across campus to help explore degree options.