Policy Number: 56

Student Financial Aid

Subject:

Guidance to students in locating financial assistance for payment of tuition and expenses associated with the academic program(s) in which the student is enrolled

Scope:

Students

Date Reviewed: November 2013

Responsible Office: Student Financial Services

Responsible Executive: Vice President, Finance and Business Services

I.     POLICY AND GENERAL STATEMENT

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ("university"), through the Office of Student Financial Services, provides guidance to students in locating financial assistance for payment of tuition and expenses associated with the academic program(s) in which the student is enrolled.

II.     PROCEDURE

All students, new or continuing, who have been accepted for enrollment, will be made aware of the availability of financial assistance and the types of assistance for which they may qualify.

Students must complete required applications prior to consideration for any financial aid program administered through the Office of Student Financial Services. Failure of an applicant to disclose all pertinent information or misrepresentation of facts may disqualify an applicant for any type of financial aid.

All loans, scholarships, grants, or other aid funds will be awarded based on the most current regulations or guidelines in effect at the time of award. Disbursement of awards will be contingent upon the continuing availability of funds. Awards may be revised based on changes in sources of funds, availability of funds, student enrollment, or student resources.

Foreign students who are attending classes on a student visa are only eligible for the Texas Public Education Grant Program administered by the Office of Student Financial Services, subject to availability.  Foreign students are encouraged to contact their schools’ Student Affairs offices to inquire about scholarship availability.

Students who are known to be in default on a student loan from this or any other institution of higher education will be ineligible for any federal, state, or institutional student aid program administered by the university.

School-related expenses are documented in school expense budgets prepared annually by the Office of Student Financial Services. School expense budgets are publicly available on the Student Financial Services website.

There is no application deadline for financial aid. Applications are reviewed as they are completed. The Director of Student Financial Services or his/her designee is the final authority for approval or disapproval of all applications.

After applications are processed, applicants will be advised of eligibility, the amounts and types of assistance offered, and the time schedule for disbursement of aid. Applicants are required to either accept or reject the aid offered prior to disbursement of any funds to the applicant.

After aid offers have been accepted by the applicant, the applicant may request revisions to the award only when extenuating circumstances exist. All revisions must be approved by the Director of Student Financial Services or his/her designee.

III.     CONTACTS

ContactTelephoneEmail/Web Address
Student Financial Services 713-500-3860 http://www.uthouston.edu/sfs/contact.htm