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Financial Aid Programs

 

All award terms and conditions are subject to change by federal, state, and/or institutional guidelines.
*Due to limited funding, applications received by April 1st  will receive priority consideration for these awards.

 

Scholarships:   Awards in this category generally do not have to be repaid. Meritorious achievement is required. Click here for a complete listing of scholarships

 

Grants: Awards in this category generally do not have to be repaid. Financial need is required

 

Name

Terms

Available to

Minimum Enrollment

How to apply

Federal Pell Grant

No repayment

Limited to 18 semesters for first time Pell recipients beg. 08-09

Undergraduates working on a first degree

Award varies according to enrollment

Complete the FAFSA

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity (SEOG) Grant*

No repayment

Pell eligible undergraduates working on a first degree

6 credit hours

Complete the FAFSA

Towards EXcellence, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant Program

No repayment

Undergraduate Texas Residents or students classified as HB1403/SB1585

12 credit hours

Complete the FAFSA and meet general eligibility requirements.  HB1403 Students complete the TASFA.

Mandated Designated Tuition Grant

No repayment

Undergraduate and graduate students classified  by UHD as Texas residents

6 credit hours

Complete the FAFSA and meet general eligibility requirements

Student Deposit Scholarship

No repayment

Students with financial need

6 credit hours

Complete the FAFSA

License Plate Scholarship

No repayment

Undergraduates and graduates that are Texas residents

6 credit hours

Complete the FAFSA

Texas Public Educational Opportunity Grant (TPEG)

No repayment

Undergraduates and graduates

6 credit hours

Complete the FAFSA

 

Work-Study:  Awards are earned through employment either on-campus or in the community and are paid in the form of a regular  paycheck. You are responsible for finding your own job. For additional information about on-campus jobs search for jobs online at https://jobs.uhd.edu.

 

Name

Terms

Available to

Minimum Enrollment

How to apply

Federal Work-Study

Work at an hourly rate up to 20 hours a week at a job on campus. Community service positions available; financial need is required.            

Undergraduates and graduates           

6 credit hours   

File the FAFSA                

Texas college Work-Study

Work at an hourly rate up to 20 hours a week at a job on campus.

Undergraduates and graduates

6 credit hours

File the FAFSA                

 

Loans: The borrower must repay awards in this category even if the student does not complete his/her academic program.

 

Name

Terms

Available to

Minimum Enrollment

How to apply

Federal Direct Loan (Unsubsidized and Subsidized)

Interest rate for loans
disbursed after
July 1, 2010:

  • Subsidized loans for undergraduate students: fixed 4.5%
  • Subsidized loans for graduate students: fixed 6.8%
  • All Unsubsidized Direct loans for undergraduate and graduate students: fixed 6.8%

Undergraduates and graduates           

6 credit hours; studnets who drop below 6 credit hours will begin repayment process

Complete the FAFSA

If you have already been awarded a Direct loan, please see Applying for Direct Loans for more information.

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduates (PLUS)

Repayment begins within 60 days of full loan disbursement; the borrower may request loan deferment if the student is enrolled at least half time (6 hours)

Interest rate: 7.9% fixed interest, which is capitalized upon entering repayment and begins accrual upon disbursement

Parents of dependent students

6 credit hours

  • Students and parents must complete the FAFSA
  • Parents need to log in and submit the PLUS Loan Request form online at studentloans.gov
  • Parents need to complete the Parent Borrower Authorization Form available online and in the financial aid office.

 

Federal Direct Graduate

PLUS Loan

Repayment begins within 60 days after leaving school

Interest rate: 7.9% fixed interest

Graduate students

6 credit hours; students who fall below 6 credit hours will begin the repayment process

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Log in and submit the PLUS Loan Request online at studentloans.gov
           
Consortium Agreements: A Consortium Agreement is a written agreement between two eligible schools. This agreement allows a student to be co-enrolled at University of Houston-Downtown and another institution and receive financial aid based on the combined enrollment at both institutions.
           

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