Eligibility and Deadlines
Entering Freshman Scholarships
- Now open. Deadline February 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST
- Application deadline for general entering freshman scholarships will be February 15
- High school seniors applying to UT Austin
- In-state and out of state students
Forty Acres Scholars Program
- Currently in Review. Only those selected to receive a semifinalist phone-interview will be contacted.
- To ensure consideration for the Forty Acres Scholars Program, potential first-year students must have applied for admission to the University of Texas via ApplyTexas or Coalition by the priority deadline (November 1). Transfer applicants are not eligible.
- Must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents at the time of application
- In-state and out of state students
- High school seniors applying to UT Austin
Current UT Student and Transfer Student Scholarships
- Now open. Deadline March 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST
- For students currently attending UT Austin or intending to transfer to UT Austin in Fall 2019.
- Current UT students and transfer students are not eligible for the Forty Acres Scholars Program
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the application deadline for entering freshman?
The deadline for the Entering Freshman Scholarship Application is February 15 at 11:59 p.m. CST
The deadline for the Forty Acres Scholars Program, is extended to November 11 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
All applications submitted prior to the deadline, will be reviewed with equal merit regardless of the date that they are submitted.
When is the application deadline for continuing, transfer and graduate students?
The application for transfer and continuing students is now OPEN. The application deadline for currently enrolled UT undergraduate and graduate students, as well as incoming transfer students is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. CST. All applications submitted prior to the deadline will be reviewed with equal merit regardless of the date that they are submitted.
Do my parents have to be alumni of UT for me to apply to Texas Exes scholarships?
No! We accept applications regardless of your connections to UT. All applications are reviewed with equal merit, regardless of an applicant’s connection to UT
Do I have to complete the ApplyTexas AND the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success application?
No! You will only need to complete one application for admission to UT
Do I have to enter anything in ApplyTexas to apply for Texas Exes scholarships?
No, our application is entirely separate from the ApplyTexas application and therefore you do not have to indicate on ApplyTexas that you will be applying for our scholarships.
How much does your application cost?
$0! Our application is entirely free and available to anyone applying to UT!
Are your scholarships need-based or merit-based scholarships?
The Forty Acres Scholars Program is a merit-based, full-ride scholarship. Our 600+ other scholarships range from need-based to merit-based and offer a wide range of supplemental funding from $500-$15,000.
Will Texas Exes have access to my ApplyTexas application?
No, Texas Exes will not have access to your Apply Texas application and therefore we will not read any materials that are submitted on ApplyTexas.
Can I use the same essay responses from my ApplyTexas application?
Yes, if you feel your responses adequately answer our prompts, you are welcome to use the same responses.
What is the word count for your essays?
For the entering freshman scholarship application short essays, there is a 300 word count limit.
For the Forty Acres Scholars Program essay, there is a 500 word count limit.
I am a high school senior but have not been admitted to UT yet. Can I still apply?
Yes! Our application runs concurrently with the ApplyTexas application and therefore most students will not know their admission status prior to applying. You should apply now and not wait to hear from UT, as the deadline may have passed by the time you find out your status. We will verify that a student has been admitted to UT before offering a scholarship.
I submitted the Entering Freshman Application. How do I apply for my local chapter scholarship or other scholarships listed on the homepage?
Entering freshman applicants do not have to apply for each individual scholarship, except for the Forty Acres Scholars Program. By completing the Entering Freshman Application, applicants automatically apply for all Texas Exes scholarships for which they qualify.
What is a UT EID? How do I know mine?
When you apply for admission to The University of Texas at Austin through ApplyTexas, you will receive an email with your UT EID 24-48 hours after. Please plan accordingly as you will need the EID in order to complete the scholarship application. A UT EID typically includes your initials with a series of 2-5 numbers following (i.e. JS3456)
If you forgot your UT EID, you can look it up on the UT EID Help site. You should NOT create a new UT EID as this will create a duplicate record and cause issues with your application. If you enter an EID that does not match what is on file at UT, your application will not be reviewed.
Can I update my application once it is submitted?
Yes, you can log in to your application and make updates up until the deadline. Once the deadline passes, you cannot make changes. Please note that Texas Exes staff will not be able to update your application after the deadline, as applications immediately go into review.
How do I access the Forty Acres Scholars Program supplemental essay once I have completed the General Application and the Entering Freshman Application?
Once you have completed the required portions for the General Application and Entering Freshman Application, you can then access the Forty Acres Scholars Program supplemental essay one of two ways:
- You can access the essay directly at https://texasexes.academicworks.com/opportunities/2331. You will need to sign in to your account in order to apply.
- From the https://texasexes.academicworks.com/ homepage:
- Sign in to your account
- Click the green “Start Applying” arrow
- Type in the search bar “Forty Acres Scholars Program” and click “Search”
- Click the “Apply” button under the Actions column to the right of the Forty Acres Scholars Program
How do I know if my application was correctly submitted?
After you log in to your application, you will see the word “Complete” in the General Application and Entering Freshman Application status boxes. If you applied for the Forty Acres Scholars Program, you will see the word “Submitted” in the corner of the status box. Also, for every portion of the application that you successfully submit, you will receive a confirmation of the submission.
Why does my MyStatus page still show “Apply for Texas Exes scholarships” if I already completed my application?
Our Academic Works application and UT’s MyStatus systems are separate. Therefore, your MyStatus page will continue to display this message even if you have completed our scholarship application. Please see the question above to find out to confirm that your application was successfully submitted.
I am getting an error or invalid authentication when setting up my application account. What should I do?
If you are in the process of confirming your account, instead of clicking on the link in the email, please copy and paste the URL into your browser. If you are still experiencing difficulties accessing the system, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am getting an error when logging into my account. What should I do?
If you have already set up your account and it is no longer allowing you access to the system with your login, please reset your password to regain access to the system. If you are still experiencing difficulties accessing the system, please email email@example.com.
I am having difficulties uploading my resume. What can I do?
Be sure your resume does not have any special characters in the filename (ex: Joe’s resume).
I would like to upload a more updated resume but the system will not let me delete my old resume, what should I do?
You cannot delete a file once it has been uploaded to the system. However, the system will only recognize the most recent resume that you upload. Simply upload your updated resume and that will replace any previously uploaded documents.
Do you accept supplemental documents?
No, we will not accept recommendation letters, transcripts or SAT/ACT scores that are sent in. Our application is based on self-report data.
Do I need to send in recommendation letters?
No, we do not consider recommendation letters in our selection process.
Do I need to send in SAT/ACT scores or transcripts?
No, you do not need to send in your test scores or transcripts.
Which SAT score should I enter into the application?
If new SAT: Evidence based reading and writing and mathematics scores only
If old SAT: Critical reading and mathematics scores only
Do you prefer SAT or ACT score?
We will accept either and there is no preference for one over the other.
When and how will I find out if I receive a scholarship?
Recipients are chosen by the Texas Exes scholarship selection committees each spring. Only students receiving scholarships will be notified via the AcademicWorks system. Most students selected to receive a Texas Exes scholarship will be notified throughout the months of April and May.
What is the timeline for the Forty Acres Scholars Program?
- Finalists for the Forty Acres Scholars Program will be announced in late January/early February.
- Finalist for the Forty Acres Scholars Program will be invited to visit during our Finalist Weekend in March. Note: you must be available to attend Finalist Weekend or you will not be considered for the scholarship program
Can international students apply to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?
Unfortunately, international students cannot apply to the Forty Acres Scholars Program, however, they are eligible for our 600+ other scholarships
Note: For Portions of the application that require state and county, please input “N/A”
Current UT and Transfer Students
Are there scholarships available for current UT students and/or transfer students?
Yes, scholarship applications for currently enrolled UT students and students planning on transferring to UT will open in January 2019.
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