Scholarships and Financial Aid

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Planning ahead is essential when applying for financial aid. The entire financial aid process can take up to eight weeks. It is important for you to get started as soon as possible after January 1 to ensure you receive your award in time to pay tuition and fees. We know that the financial aid process can be confusing. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is available to help answer your questions on a walk-in basis or by appointment.

How to Apply

To apply for federal, state, or university funding, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at The University of Houston Federal School Code is 003652. Awards may range from scholarships and grants to work-study jobs and student loans. Most, but not all, programs require a student to demonstrate financial need. You must have your FAFSA and all required documents submitted to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by the priority deadline of April 1, to receive the maximum consideration for limited financial aid resources. Please visit our website at for the Six Steps to Financial Aid and for more details on all the financial aid programs available at the University of Houston.

Disbursement of Aid

Each semester, financial aid disbursement begins no earlier than the first day of classes. If you have satisfied all application and disbursement requirements and met the conditions of the award, your financial aid will be automatically credited to your UH student account as payment. If you have financial aid remaining after your tuition is fully paid, you will receive a refund that will be processed by the office of Student Business Services.

Revisions and Cancellation of Aid

The university reserves the right to review, revise, or cancel all financial aid at any time due to changes in your financial and/or academic status or failure to comply with federal or state laws and regulations, including financial verification, audit procedures, and university policies. In addition, all financial aid is subject to revision based on the funds received by the university from the federal or state government and any changes to federal or state laws, regulations, or policies.

Aid Revisions After Drop/Add Period

If your financial aid is disbursed at the beginning of the semester and you reduce your number of enrolled hours within the drop/add period, your aid will be adjusted to reflect your semester registration. If your reduced enrollment results in less eligibility for aid, you will be charged for the overpayment of financial aid – creating a balance due on your UH student account.

Maintaining Financial Aid Eligibility

The various federal and state regulations governing student financial assistance programs require that an institution develop a standard to measure students' reasonable progress towards a degree objective – Satisfactory Academic Progress. Academic progress is reviewed at the conclusion of each academic year. Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress will result in the denial or cancellation of your financial aid. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid may administratively grant one probationary year of assistance for students whose academic progress does not meet the minimum standards at the conclusion of their first academic year of enrollment at UH. The following qualitative and quantitative standards must be met to remain eligible for financial aid at the University of Houston. Certain programs, including Texas Competitiveness Grant, National SMART Grant and B-On-Time Loan, may have higher standards than those listed below.

Qualitative Measure of Academic Progress

The qualitative measure of academic progress is a grading scale of 0.00 to 4.00, based on a student's enrollment classification.

Classification GPA Minimum Requirement
Undergraduate 2.00
Post-baccalaureate 2.00
Graduate 3.00
Optometry 2.00
Law 2.50

Quantitative Measure of Academic Progress

Students cannot receive financial aid beyond a specified total of attempted credit hours, and they must complete a certain percentage of the credit hours for which they are enrolled.

Classification Maximum Attempted hours (Transfer hours) Ratio of Completed vs. Attempted hours
Undergraduate 190 credit hours 75%
Post-baccalaureate 100 hours beyond bachelor's 75%
Graduate and Professional 100 hours beyond bachelor's 75%
Law & Optometry 200 hours beyond bachelor's 75%

Note: Hours completed DO NOT include grades of I (incomplete), U (unsatisfactory), F (Failed, Q or W (withdraw, or repeated courses); however, these hours are included in hours attempted.