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Financing College

Higher education is a significant investment, and the Honors College is committed to making Honors education accessible to incoming and current students. This page provides comprehensive information about financial aid options available to incoming and current Honors students. 

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

What is FAFSA? 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form required to apply for financial aid from the federal government. This may include grants, work-study programs, and student loans. Completing the FAFSA is essential, as it serves as the gateway to federal financial aid. The University of Houston, the Honors College, and other departments might also utilize information from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid programs, including need-based scholarships. 

How to apply for FAFSA

  1. Create an account via
  2. Gather the required documents and financial records
  3. Complete the FAFSA form by following the prompts, ensuring to list the University of Houston
  4. Monitor application status and communication from the University of Houston in case additional verification is required. 

For detailed information and assistance, please visit the FAFSA Guidance Page.


University-wide Financial Aid

The University of Houston offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans. Students should visit the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid webpage for detailed information about financial assistance.

Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Universe is an online tool that makes finding and applying for both UH scholarships and external scholarships easier. The tool is located within the student's AccessUH account. Just look for the Scholarship Universe icon. Scholarship Universe will also match students to individual college scholarships for which they qualify.


Honors College Scholarships

The Honors College offers a variety of merit-based and need-based scholarships for incoming and current Honors students. 

  1. Incoming Honors Students: Honors College Open House scholarships are available for incoming Honors students. To explore the various scholarships available to incoming students, visit our Scholarship and Funding Opportunities.
  2. Current Honors Students: Current Honors students who have started coursework in the Honors College are eligible for annual Honors College scholarships. Scholarship applications open every fall semester to award for the following spring semester. Scholarship applications also open every spring semester to award for the following academic year. For more information, visit Honors College Scholarships.


Department Scholarships

Honors students are students of both the Honors College and the college of their academic major, and therefore are also eligible to apply for scholarships offered by their academic college. Students should explore this list of departmental scholarship pages for more information.