What is financial aid?
The University of North Texas offers a variety of options to help you pay for your college education. Costs should not be a barrier to opportunity. Learn about different ways to finance your education, including grants, work-study, and loans.
You might be surprised to find out how much financial aid you can receive, regardless of your family’s income level. You won’t know what you are eligible for unless you apply!
What does financial aid pay for?
Prior to receiving your refund, financial aid will pay all tuition, fees and housing charges, if you are living on campus.
Books - Financial aid funds will not disburse until shortly before the beginning of classes; therefore, you need to plan to pay for your books out of pocket at orientation if you want to purchase them early. The UNT Bookstore does offer a textbook reservation service. To learn more about this service, contact the UNT Bookstore at 940-565-2592 or stop by the University Union while on campus.
Housing Deposit - Financial aid funds will not disburse until shortly before the beginning of classes; therefore, you need to plan on paying the pre-payment that Housing and Residence Life requires. For more information regarding the pre-payment, contact Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-565-2610.
Orientation Fees - Financial aid does not pay for orientation fees. However, you may qualify for orientation fee deferment. Contact Orientation and Transition Programs for more information.
How to apply for financial aid
- Submit your FAFSA as early as possible.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is an application that helps colleges and universities determine your eligibility for financial aid. In fact, nearly all students who complete the FAFSA receive some type of financial assistance.
Be sure to submit your FAFSA for the correct school year. The FAFSA is available beginning October of each year for the following fall/spring/summer. UNT's school code is 003594. Learn more about submitting the FAFSA.
To receive first consideration for awards, we recommend you complete the FAFSA as early as possible before the priority deadlines. If you miss the priority dates, you can still submit your application, but your financial aid will be delayed and you will need to make appropriate payment arrangements through UNT's billing department, Student Accounting to ensure your classes are not dropped.
- Apply for admission to UNT.
You must be admitted to UNT before we can process your financial aid. Learn how to apply for admission to UNT.
When will you know if you are receiving financial aid and when will you get your money?
Financial Aid and Scholarships will receive your (SFAS) data electronically shortly after you complete your FAFSA and you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Learn more about receiving and reviewing your SAR.
It usually takes about six weeks to process your financial aid award package once UNT receives your FAFSA data from the Federal Processor. Once that happens, you'll receive additional instructions on how to complete your financial aid file via your Tasks To Do List in your my.unt.edu Student Portal. Please respond to all requests in a timely manner. Your file must be complete and you must be admitted to UNT before we can process your aid and offer you any financial awards. See instructions for accessing your To Do List on my.unt.edu.
Monitor EagleConnect (UNT's official email service) and my.unt.edu for award information. Your Financial Aid Offer letter will be emailed to your EagleConnect email once ready.
For early applicants who are newly admitted to UNT (new students), awards are made in late April/early May for the upcoming year. Most awards will be announced by late June for the fall semester. Awards and award revisions will continue to be made throughout the academic year.
How to accept your financial aid awards
You can accept your financial aid awards online through my.unt.edu. Financial aid funds will not disburse to your student account until your financial aid awards have been accepted online.