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UHD Undergraduate Policies - Scholarships & Financial Aid

Estimated Costs

The following are estimated costs for attending UHD full time for the 2013-2014 academic year:

 

Direct Costs Resident Non-Resident
Tuition & Fees (12 hours) $4,786 $12,298
Books and Supplies $1,100 $1,100
Indirect Costs    
Living Expenses    
With Parents
$4,300 $4,300
Not with Parents
$8,600 $8,600
Transportation $3,200 $3,200
Miscellaneous $3,800 $3,800

 

The University of Houston-Downtown offers a variety of financial aid programs to assist undergraduate and graduate stu­dents in meeting educational costs. The programs include scholar­ships, grants, loans and part-time employment, which may be awarded in various combinations and amounts to meet individual student needs. Because funds are limited in many programs, it is important to begin the application process early and complete the necessary applications properly and on time. To receive priority consideration for Supplemental Equal Opportunity Grant and all state grant funds, all necessary applications must be on file in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by April 1 of each year. Most federal and state aid is awarded on the basis of proven financial need rather than academic achievement. Most scholar­ships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, talents and special skills rather than proven financial need.

 

Financial Aid Programs
www.uhd.edu/eservices

University of Houston-Downtown participates in the following federal, state and institutional programs. Most programs have limited funds so early application is encouraged.

 

Grants

Federal Pell Grant.  A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. The maximum can change each award year and depends on program funding. The amount awarded, though, will depend not only on the student’s financial need, but also on their costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

 

Federal Supplemental Equal Opportunity Grant. The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest Estimated Family Contributions will be considered first for a FSEOG. Just like Pell Grants, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid

 

TEXAS Grant. This renewable state grant is available to recent Texas high school graduates who completed the recom­mended or advanced curriculum in high school or who received an associate’s degree after May 1, 2001 who also demonstrate financial need. Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 hours and be classified as Texas residents.

 

Texas Public Educational Grant. This grant is funded by tuition revenues and is available to both Texas residents and non-residents. Students must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this grant. Priority will be given to students who enroll at least half-time.

 

License Plate Scholarship. This grant is funded by revenues from UHD vanity plate fees. Students must enroll at least half-time, be classified as Texas residents and demonstrate financial need.

 

Student Deposit Scholarship. This institutional grant is awarded to students who enroll at least half-time and demonstrate finan­cial need.

 

Work-Study Programs
https://jobs.uhd.edu

 

Texas Work-Study and Federal College-Work Study. These programs are designed for students who enroll at least half-time who demonstrate financial need. Awards are earned as wages in on- and off-campus positions. Must be a US citizen or per­manent resident for federal work-study or be classified as a Texas resident for Texas work-study. Students who have relatives working at UHD must get clearance from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to show they are in compliance with the university’s nepotism policy.

 

Student Loans

Direct Lending.  Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan.  A low-interest loan with interest subsidies while student is enrolled at least half-time. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident and be enrolled at least half-time to participate. Maximum loan amounts vary with grade level in college. Additional application and loan counsel­ing required.

 

Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.  A low-interest loan not based on financial need. Students may defer interest payments while enrolled at least half-time. Must be a US citizen or perma­nent resident and be enrolled at least half-time to participate. Maximum loan amounts vary with grade level in college. Additional application and loan counseling required.

 

Parent Loans to Undergraduate Students.  A low-interest loan for parents of dependent students enrolled at least half-time. Parent must be a US citizen or permanent resident and student must be enrolled at least half-time to participate. Families do not need to demonstrate need to participate in this program. Additional application required.

 

Application Procedures

At a minimum, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Other forms or documentation may be required to determine eligibility for state and/or federal programs. When completing the FAFSA, students should list UHD’s school code (003612) in Step Six. Once a student has begun the application process, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will notify the student of missing forms and/or doc­umentation by e-mail. Students will also be e-mailed an award letter to their gator mail account when their eligibility for aid has been finalized. Students may also access their financial aid information online at www.uhd.edu/eservices

 

Certain categories of foreign-born and immigrant students in the state of Texas can meet state requirements for residency. Such students are able to pay the resident tuition rate while attending public institutions of higher education in Texas. If a student falls into this category he/she will also need to complete the FAFSA.

Direct Lending Procedures

Getting Started:

  1. Important:  You will need your Department of Education issued PIN (the same PIN used for the FAFSA) in order to complete and electronically sign your electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN) under the Direct Loan Program.  If you have forgotten your PIN or do not yet have one, please go to www.pin.ed.gov to have your PIN sent to you.
  2. Have your social security number, date of birth, and driver’s license number accessible.
  3. You will also be required to provide two personal references (full name, address, and telephone number) whom you have known for at least three years.  Each reference provided must reside at a different U.S. address as well as different from the student's address.

Complete an Electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN)

To complete your eMPN, you will need to go to www.studentloans.gov and click on “Complete New MPN for Student Loans”.  Remember that you will need your Department of Education issued PIN to begin the process.

 

An eMPN can be completed in 9 steps. We estimate that it will take 30 minutes to complete the eMPN process. Make sure you allow enough time to complete the entire process in a single session. If you exit the web site before submitting your signed MPN in Step 8 and return later, you'll have to start over beginning with Step 1.


Step 1  -    PIN Registration
Step 2 -     Disclosure and Consent
Step 3  -    Provide Name and School
Step 4  -    Complete MPN
Step 5  -    Review/Read Draft MPN
Step 6  -    Sign Your MPN
Step 7  -    Review signed MPN/Enter Confirmation Code
Step 8  -    Confirm Acceptance of MPN Terms and Submit MPN
Step 9  -    Success! Now Print Your MPN

Once you complete the eMPN process correctly, UHD will receive notification electronically that you have completed your MPN.  This will allow the UHD Financial Aid Office to continue working on your loan disbursement process. 

Complete a Loan Entrance Counseling (LEC)

To complete your LEC, you will need to go to www.studentloans.gov and click on “Complete Loan Entrance Counseling”.  Remember that you will need your Department of Education issued PIN to begin the process.

 

Your LEC includes information about all of your past student loans as well as helps you to see the amount you will owe based on that previous total. This is required every academic year that you borrow loans.

 

Once you complete the LEC process correctly, UHD will receive notification electronically that you have completed your LEC.  This will allow the UHD Financial Aid Office to continue working on your loan disbursement process. 

 

Other Eligibility Requirements

 

UHD Degree-Seeking Student Requirement

In order to receive financial aid, students must make progress toward their degree as defined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

There are three components to academic progress:

 

Grade Point Requirement        
Undergraduate students must achieve and maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on all course work attempted. Graduate students must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

 

Completion Requirement      
Students must complete at least 73% of all course work attempted.

Time Frame Requirement  
Students may attempt up to 170 hours without earning a degree. Students who have earned their first bachelor’s degree are allowed 150% of the hours remaining to complete their program. A complete copy of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is available upon request. Please read this policy to see how progress will be monitored. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is required to review students’ entire academic records (regardless of the age of the record or whether or not aid was received) to determine compliance.  Students found not to be in compliance will be notified in writing of any denial/suspension and the appropriate appeal procedure.

 

Dropping Classes

Students’ final eligibility for aid will be based on the number of hours for which they are enrolled on the Official Day of Record listed in the Class Schedule. If they register and then drop classes prior to that date, their eligibility for aid will be RECALCULATED on the remaining hours as of the Official Day of Record. Since financial aid is released prior to the Official Day of Record, stu­dents who receive a financial aid payment based on more hours than those remaining as of the Official Day of Record may be responsible for repaying a portion of any financial aid received. Dropping classes may affect students’ eligibility for future aid.  Students should consult the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy to determine if dropping classes will affect their eligibility for aid.

 

Total Withdrawal from School

For students who register and then totally withdraw from all classes, eli­gibility for aid will be RECALCULATED based on the number of days they attended class. If they totally withdraw from all classes prior to the first class day, they must repay any and all financial aid received. If they withdraw on or after the first class day, they may have to repay a portion of any cash financial aid received.   Students who have failed to earn a passing grade in any of their classes are considered to have totally withdrawn from school and may have to repay a portion of any financial aid received. See Return of Title IV Funds below.  Students who totally withdraw should consult the definition of Satisfactory Academic Progress to deter­mine if their withdrawal will affect their eligibility for future aid.

 

Return of Title IV Funds

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 changed the for­mula for calculating the amount of aid a student and school can retain when the student totally withdraws from all classes or fails to earn a passing grade in any of the current semester’s classes. Students who withdraw from all classes prior to completing 60% of the semester will have their eligibility for aid recalculated based on the percent of the semester completed. For example, a student who withdraws completing only 30% of the term will have “earned” only 30% of any Title IV aid received. The remaining 70% must be returned by the school and/or the stu­dent.  A student who fails to earn a passing grade in any of his/her courses will have their eligibility recalculated based on the midpoint of the semester or the last date of participation in an academically related activity. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid encourages you to obtain a complete copy of this policy from the office and read it carefully. If you are thinking about withdrawing from all classes PRIOR to completing 60% of the semester, you should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to see how your withdrawal will affect your financial aid.

 

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships at UHD are intended to recog­nize and reward outstanding achievement and community involvement. Applicants for most scholarships, therefore, do not need to show evidence of financial need to apply. The applica­tion deadline for most UHD scholarships is April 1 of each academic year. However, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid may accept applications at other times during the year if scholarship funds are available. Interested students should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid as soon as they decide to apply for admission at UHD to find out what scholarships are available. Many academic departments at UHD also award scholarships. Students are encouraged to contact the department of their major to find out what depart­mental scholarships are available.

 

Tuition and Fee Exemptions


Hazlewood Act for Veterans
State law provides that a veteran who is a legal Texas resident is exempted from tuition and certain required fees, but not from deposits. The veteran must meet the following criteria:
•   resides in Texas for a period of not less than 12 months prior to the date of registration;
•   served in the armed forces or in certain auxiliary services for more than 180 days;
•   was a bona fide legal Texas resident at the time of entering such service;
•   was honorably discharged (except those who were dis­charged because of being over the age of 38 or because of personal request);
•   exhausted all veteran’s educational benefits;
•   is not eligible for federal grants, including federally sponsored grants provided for veterans by the US government; and
•   is not be in default on any federal or state student loans.

 

To obtain this exemption, the veteran must submit an application with attached evidence to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by the Official Day of Record of the term for which the veteran is applying for the Hazlewood benefits. Hazlewood applications must be renewed each year.

 

 

 

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Last updated or reviewed on 8/28/13

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