UIW Scholarships and Financial Aid Opportunities

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UIW is committed to providing educational opportunities to students from all backgrounds, regardless of financial means. More than 90 percent of UIW students receive some sort of financial assistance, and there are literally thousands of grants and scholarships available to students of all majors.

  • 95% of our students receive some type of financial aid assistance

  • 79% of students demonstrate need

  • For students who demonstrate need, their gift aid averages $16,037 per year

  • About $96 million is awarded each year

Visit the website for the Office of Financial Assistance.

Note: These scholarships are for first-time transfer, first bachelor’s degree, main campus, full time students only.

Freshman Scholarships

  • Freshman Merit Awards

    First-time freshman students are automatically considered for merit scholarships as part of their application. These scholarships are awarded based on a combination of GPA and SAT/ACT scores. UIW will use the highest test score to determine scholarships, so students who have tested multiple times should submit all score results to receive the highest possible scholarship.

    Freshman merit scholarships range between $8,000 - $12,000 per year, and are renewable for up to four years provided students maintain a 3.0 GPA.

  • Catholic High School Scholarship

    UIW offers an additional $2,000 per year scholarship for any student graduating from a Catholic high school.  There is not a separate application for this award. Accepted students from Catholic high schools will automatically receive the scholarship.

  • MARS Scholarship

    Alumni of the university may nominate one student per year to receive the McCracken Alumni Referral Scholarship. This scholarship is available for first-time, first semester students at UIW and is a one-time disbursement of $1,000. Nominations must be submitted online by November 1 for the Spring semester and February 1 for the Fall semester.

  • Phi Theta Kappa

    Students enrolled in dual credit programs through an accredited 2-year institution may be invited to join Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Members of PTK who have a cumulative GPA of 3.45 or higher will be awarded a $2,000 per year scholarship. Recipient must be a current PTK member and must present a copy of their certificate to be awarded.

  • Direct Admit Scholarships

    Students seeking to pursue a professional healthcare program in Nursing, Pharmacy, Optometry, Physical Therapy, or Osteopathic Medicine may qualify for a direct admit scholarship of $2,500 per year, renewable for up to eight years of coursework.

    Students must have a 3.7 GPA and have a 1210 total score on their SAT, or an ACT of 25. Click here to learn more about direct admit scholarships.

    *Students can be in Direct Admit and Honors programs at the same time. 

Transfer Scholarships

  • Transfer Merit Scholarships

    Transfer students who are completing their first undergraduate degree and who have completed at least 24 credit hours at an accredited university are automatically considered for merit scholarships as part of their application. These scholarships are awarded based on GPA. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate coursework provided students maintain a 3.0 GPA.

    Scholarship Dollar Amount GPA Range
    Presidential Scholarship $12,000 3.5+
    Deans Scholarship $10,000 2.9 - 3.49
    Distinguished Scholarship $8,000 2.5 - 2.89


  • Phi Theta Kappa

    Each Phi Theta Kappa member from an accredited 2-year institution will be awarded $2,000 per year. Recipient must be a current member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.45 or higher. Recipients will need to present their certificate to be awarded. 

  • Alamo Colleges Scholarship

    Students pursuing their first bachelor's degree, with most recent 24 credit hours from Alamo Colleges and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, will be awarded $2,000 per year

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

  •  Sibling Discount

    UIW offers a discount to families with multiple dependent siblings from the same household attending UIW. Only siblings who are simultaneously enrolled as full-time undergraduate students on the Main Campus may apply.

    • DEADLINES: The Sibling Discount Application is due August 28, 2017 to be considered for Fall/Spring; and January 16, 2018, to be considered for Spring only.
    • All siblings must be enrolled as full-time, undergraduate, Main Campus students. Discounts will not be applied until after census of each semester, when final enrollment is verified.
    • Discount amount is $1250 per approved semester for each sibling. (Each student must be simultaneously enrolled as a full-time undergraduate Main Campus student.)
    • Funds can only be applied towards tuition. Students who have other UIW scholarships, UIW discounts and UIW grants may combine the awards as long as the total does not exceed full-time tuition. Discount cannot be applied with athletic scholarships or ROTC waivers, and may affect veterans benefits.
    • Siblings must reside in the same household and be verified as dependents on the FAFSA application each year to qualify, since funds are meant to support families who have multiple children at UIW.
    • Although not based on need, students must complete the FAFSA application and be classified as dependents to apply. Funds from the Sibling Discount may impact other funds that are need-based.
    • Siblings must apply for the discount and the FAFSA every academic year. The discount may only be used during Fall and Spring semesters and is not applicable to the Summer semester.
    • All siblings will be notified of the award adjustment through BannerWeb once this form is processed.


    Find the 2017-2018 Sibling Discount Application here.
  • ROTC Scholarships

    Students interested in ROTC scholarships should visit the ROTC website for more information on the program, scholarships, and requirements.

  • Performing and Fine Arts Scholarships

    Students interested in performing and fine arts scholarships should contact the designated department for information on auditions and performance dates.

    Department Contact Person Phone Number Website
    Fine Arts Miguel Cortinas 210-829-3861 Click here.
    Marching Band Brett Richardson 210-829-3855 Click here.
    Music Bill Gokelman 210-829-3855 Click here.
    Theatre Dr. Robert Ball 210-829-3804 Click here.
  • Athletic Scholarships

    UIW competes in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. Scholarships are available and awarded by the coaches of each sport. For information on athletic scholarships, contact the Athletic Office at 210-829-2722 or visit the Athletics Homepage

  • External Scholarships

    Freshman and transfer students are both encouraged to apply for external scholarships in addition to any UIW awards they receive. Many organizations offer scholarships, and there are many free search engines that students can use to find these opportunities. To see a list of these search engines, as well as some currently available scholarships, click here

Additional Financial Aid Resources

  • Student Loans

    Students who submit the FAFSA may be qualified for subsidized or unsubsidized Stafford loans, or parent plus loans. For more information on each loan type, visit our Financial Aid page.

    Direct Subsidized Loan

    Direct Subsidized Loans are for students with financial need. The school will review the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and determine the amount a student can borrow. Students are not charged interest while in school at least half-time and during grace periods and deferment periods.

    Direct Unsubsidized Loan

    Students are not required to demonstrate financial need to receive a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Like subsidized loans, the school will determine the amount a student can borrow. Interest accrue (accumulates) on an unsubsidized loan from the time it is first paid out. Students can pay the interest while in school and during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, or students can allow it to accrue and be capitalized (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan). If students choose not to pay the interest as it accrues, this will increase the total amount that must be repaid because the student will be charged interest on a higher principal amount. 

    Direct PLUS Loan for Parents

    Parents of dependent students may apply for a Direct PLUS Loan to help pay their child's education expenses as long as certain eligibility requirements are met. 

  • Grants

    Grants are funds that are not repaid and are funded by federal, state or university sources. Grants are awarded based on need. Funding is available on a first come, first served basis.

    Pell Grants

    Eligibility is based on the FAFSA and is determined by the U.S. Department of Education. Students attending full-time (12-18 hours) or half-time (6-11 hours) are eligible.

    Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

    The SEOG is available on a limited basis to full time (12-18 hours) students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

    State Grants (TEG)

    Available to full-time (12-18 hours) undergraduate students who have financial need. Eligibility is based on the FAFSA.

  • Submitting the FAFSA

    All students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for university scholarships, external scholarships, grants, and student loans.

    The UIW FAFSA code is 003578. Students may begin applying beginning October 1, and must submit the FAFSA each year. The electronic FAFSA process takes 3-5 business days.

    In addition to submitting the FAFSA, students must have submitted an application and been accepted to the university in order to see which awards they will qualify for.

    Note: Recent change to the FAFSA make it easier for families to submit their applications sooner. Families may now submit the FAFSA beginning October 1 instead of January 1, and will use tax return information from two years prior. This means that families will no longer have to wait until they have filed their income taxes to file their FAFSA.

    Example: Students filling out a FAFSA for the 2017-2016 school year will use 2015 tax returns.

  • Submitting the TASFA

    Tuition for the University of the Incarnate Word is the same for domestic, Texas residents, and international students. Students who are not eligible to submit FAFSA may instead submit the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

  • Veteran Benefits

    UIW's Veteran's Affairs office can answer any questions on benefit types and how to apply. Visit their webpage or contact them at 210-832-2154 /

  • Payment Plans

    UIW offers students a Tuition Payment Plan option, which allows students to divide payments into installments. It is the responsibility of the student to enroll in a payment plan each semester. Enrollment into this plan may include an enrollment fee. Payment plans are set up through the Business Office.

  • Cost Calculators

    Curious to see what financial aid you might qualify for? Try this scholarship calculator. You can also use our Estimated Cost Worksheet to determine what your costs might be.

  • Meet with a Counselor
    Feeling in over your head or aren't sure where to begin? Let our admissions counselors help! You can make an appointment with an admissions counselor to review your financial aid awards, learn about different types of aid, and learn how to apply for scholarships. We accept walk-ins and appointments. Contact the Office of Admissions with any questions at 210-829-6005, (800) 749-WORD, or