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IS YOUR FAMILY INCOME $50,000 OR LESS?1


If so, you may be eligible to attend UTEP without having to pay out-of-pocket for the cost of tuition and mandatory fees.2

 

With more than $220 million in financial aid awarded each year, we work hard everyday to make sure college stays affordable for students and families. As a top tier university, UTEP provides an excellent education offered at one of the most affordable prices in the country. We will not let financial challenges stand in the way of students discovering their potential or achieving a UTEP degree. UTEP’s Paydirt Promise affirms this commitment by making higher education accessible for our students. It provides students access to attend UTEP while minimizing out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and mandatory fees!2

The Paydirt Promise program covers tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students with a family adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less!1 The Paydirt Promise is available to first-time freshmen, returning and transfer students.The Paydirt Promise is not available to students who are receiving an exemption or waiver for tuition.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS


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Be a Texas resident

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Be admitted to UTEP and have your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) recieved by UTEP by January 15th

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Have a family Adjusted Gross Income of $50,000 or less with financial need1



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Enroll full-time (12 credit hours or more) both fall and spring semesters and must be pursuing a first Bachelor’s degree

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For renewal, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA, complete 24 credit hours per year (fall,spring, summer4) and remain in good academic standing



1. Financial need is determined by information provided and submitted on the student's FAFSA.
2. For information on what constitutes mandatory fees, visit: https://www.utep.edu/vpba/student-business-services/.
3. Students may receive the Paydirt Promise for up to a maximum of four consecutive academic years. This four-year limit includes all previously attempted college credits (taken at UTEP or another college/university) whether or not the student previously received the Paydirt Promise.
4. Paydirt Promise funds are not available during summer sessions.

HOW TO APPLY

There is no separate application. All admitted students who have submitted and completed the FAFSA  will automatically be considered for the Paydirt Promise.

Priority deadline: January 15



BE A MINER TODAY! APPLY TO UTEPCOMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR FAFSA®

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


The Paydirt Promise grant covers tuition and mandatory fees based on the student's financial need through a combination of federal financial aid, state and institutional funds (Federal Pell, state funds, scholarships and other gift aid). Any remaining tuition and mandatory fees not covered by these programs will be covered by the Paydirt Promise.


Whether a new Freshman, Transfer Student, or a current UTEP student, you need to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by January 15th. All students who meet this deadline will automatically be considered for the Paydirt Promise. After January 15th, if there are still funds available, this award will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Paydirt Promise program covers tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students with a family adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less! Financial need is determined by information provided and submitted on the FAFSA.

For information on what constitutes mandatory fees, visit: Student Business Services.


Students may receive the Paydirt Promise for up to a maximum of four consecutive academic years. This four-year limit includes all previously attempted college credits (taken at UTEP or another college/university) whether or not the student previously received the Paydirt Promise.


Yes, transfer students are eligible as long as students maintain a 2.0 GPA, complete 24 credit hours per year (fall,spring, summer) and remain in good academic standing