Where Do I Start?

Your education is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. Knowing what costs to expect and what funding options are available is key to figuring out which college is best for you. College costs should not be a barrier to opportunity. You have options!

70% of UNT students receive scholarships or financial aid.

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Financial Aid

Investing in Success

Many students receive financial aid to help pay for college. As early as December of your senior year, you should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines your eligibility to receive aid. If you’re a resident of Texas and ineligible for federal aid through the FAFSA because of your immigration status, you can complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).


Many types of loans are available to students and their parents to help pay for college, including federal, state and private loan programs. Borrowing for your education is a serious commitment. Talk to your parents about your options and how you plan on repaying your college loans.


In addition to financial aid, you can apply for scholarships to help cover costs. Merit-based, need-based and athletic-based scholarships are usually available. Check with the college financial aid office for scholarship information. Many businesses, churches, foundations and community organizations offer scholarship funding as well. Your high school counselor and teachers can help you find these scholarships.

UNT annually awards $450 million in financial aid, including more than $70 million in scholarships. Scholarship and other financial aid information can be found on our financial aid website.


The best news about grants is that they don’t have to be repaid! Your eligibility to receive grants is based on your FAFSA application. There are many types of grants available.

Here are a few common ones:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Texas Public Education Grant

Student Employment

Getting a job on or off campus is another way to afford your education. Working on campus provides valuable work and learning experiences as well as the money you need to pay for tuition, books or other living expenses. Unlike jobs off campus, you don’t need a car or transportation to get to work. You can work in one of the many offices on campus, assist a professor with research or take shifts at a residence hall or campus cafeteria. Check with the college student employment office for details.

UNT’s Career Center helps students find jobs and internships with nearly 20,000 opportunities posted online annually. In addition, more than 5,000 students are employed on campus each semester. The award-winning Student Money Management Center provides workshops and confidential, personalized counseling sessions to help students manage their finances.