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Frequently Asked Questions

Update December 2017: The University of Houston has extended the Fall 2018 priority deadline for scholarship consideration from November 15, 2017 to January 3, 2018. As a result, the Tier One Invitational, originally scheduled for January 13, 2018, has been cancelled. However, we would still like the opportunity to meet Tier One candidates and to introduce them to the University of Houston. Competitive candidates should plan to attend one of the following on-campus prospective student events: Honors College Open House on January 25, 2018 or February 24, 2018; or Cougar Preview on February 24, 2018. We have already recorded the attendance of candidates who participated in Cougar Preview on October 21 or November 11, or the Honors College Open House on November 1.

Am I eligible to compete for the Tier One Scholarship?

The Tier One Scholarship is the University of Houston’s most prestigious academic scholarship program. Incoming freshman students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, leadership, and community engagement are encouraged to apply. Applicants who have a 1400 SAT Total (ERW + Math) or 30 ACT Composite score, and who rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class, will improve their odds of qualifying for the scholarship. Transfer students, graduate students, and continuing UH students are not eligible to apply for the Tier One Scholarship.

When should I complete my application for admission to the University of Houston?

Your application for admission to the University should be complete no later than the University scholarship priority date of January 3, 2018. A complete application includes your test scores (ACT or SAT), official transcripts, and application fee. If you are unsure of your application status, we encourage you to check your myUH portal or contact the Office of Admissions at 713-743-1010 or

You must have a UHID in order to complete the Tier One Scholarship application. Your UHID will be emailed to you within 1 business day of completing the online application for admission via ApplyTexas or The Common Application. We strongly encourage you to plan ahead and submit your online application for admission well before the final completion date of January 3, 2018.

When should I complete my Tier One Scholarship Application?

Your Tier One Scholarship application should be completed by 5:00pm (Central Time) on January 3, 2018. We encourage you to complete it as early as possible. You must have a University of Houston ID number in order to complete the Tier One Scholarship application. You can only obtain a UH ID number by completing your application to the University.

What additional materials are required for the Tier One Scholarship application?

The Tier One Scholarship application requires a letter of recommendation. The letter should be from an individual who knows you well (high school teacher, school administrator, club advisor, etc.). Your recommender should email their letter directly to

What happens after my Tier One application is complete?

We will review your application for admission to confirm that it is complete and that you meet University admissions criteria. A committee made up of University faculty and staff will then evaluate your scholarship application using a standardized rubric.

I have been offered an Academic Excellence Scholarship. Does this affect my eligibility for the Tier One Scholarship?

No. The Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded automatically to admitted applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and apply by the priority date. If you are awarded a Tier One Scholarship, it will replace your Academic Excellence Scholarship.

We also encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that you so that you can be considered for additional need-based scholarships and grants.

The University of Houston does not allow total student financial aid to exceed a student's cost of attendance (COA). COA is an estimate of what it costs the typical student to attend the University of Houston. Your COA includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Exceptions are made for Pell Grant recipients, whose financial aid packages can add up to the COA plus the amount of the Pell Grant. Awards from the University of Houston are subject to change depending on the entire student award package and the student's COA.

Please note that due to the University’s Winter Break, the email address will not be monitored December 20 through January 4. However, candidates can continue to submit letters of recommendation via email until the deadline on January 3. Additionally, the University of Houston will be completely closed from December 23 through January 2. Applicants are encouraged to plan accordingly.