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    University of Houston Downtown
   
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Scholarships and Financial Aid



Estimated Costs

The following are estimated costs for attending UHD full time for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Direct Costs Resident Non-Resident
Tuition & Fees (12 hours) $6,026 $15,818
Books and Supplies $1,210 $1,1210
Indirect Costs    
Living Expenses    
     With Parents $4,360 $4,360
     Not with Parents $8,720 $8,720
Transportation $2,906 $2,906
Miscellaneous $4,012 $4,012

The University of Houston-Downtown offers a variety of financial aid programs to assist undergraduate and graduate students in meeting educational costs. The programs include scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment, which may be awarded in various combinations and amounts to meet individual student needs. Because funds are limited in many programs, it is important to begin the application process early and complete the necessary applications properly and on time. To receive priority consideration for Supplemental Equal Opportunity Grant and all state and institutional grant funds, all necessary applications must be on file in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by April 1 of each year. Most federal and state aid is awarded on the basis of proven financial need rather than academic achievement. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, talents and special skills rather than proven financial need.

Financial Aid Programs

http://www.uhd.edu/financial/

University of Houston-Downtown participates in the following federal, state and institutional programs. Most programs have limited funds so early application is encouraged.

Grants

Federal Pell Grant. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. The maximum can change each award year and depends on program funding. The amount awarded, though, will depend not only on the student’s financial need, but also on their costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, percentage of Pell Grant funding received in the past and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

Federal Supplemental Equal Opportunity Grant. The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with financial need will be considered first for a FSEOG. Just like Pell Grants, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid.

TEXAS Grant. This renewable state grant is available to recent Texas high school graduates who completed the recommended or advanced curriculum in high school or who received an associate’s degree after May 1, 2001 who also demonstrate financial need. Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 hours and be classified as Texas residents.

Texas Public Educational Grant. This grant is funded by tuition revenues and is available to both Texas residents and nonresidents. Students must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this grant. Priority will be given to students who enroll at least half-time.

License Plate Scholarship. This grant is funded by revenues from UHD vanity plate fees. Students must enroll at least half-time, be classified as Texas residents and demonstrate financial need.

Work-Study Programs

https://jobs.uhd.edu

Texas Work-Study and Federal College-Work Study. These programs are designed for students who enroll at least half-time who demonstrate financial need. Awards are earned as wages in on- and off-campus positions. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident for federal work-study or be classified as a Texas resident for Texas work-study. Students who have relatives working at UHD must get clearance from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to show they are in compliance with the university’s nepotism policy.

Student Loans

Direct Subsidized Loan. A low-interest loan with interest subsidies while student is enrolled at least half-time. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident and be enrolled at least half-time to participate. Maximum loan amounts vary with grade level in college. Additional application and loan counseling required.

Direct Unsubsidized Loan. A low-interest loan not based on financial need. Students may defer interest payments while enrolled at least half-time. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident and be enrolled at least half-time to participate. Maximum loan amounts vary with grade level in college. Additional application and loan counseling required.

Parent Loans to Undergraduate Students. A low-interest loan for parents of dependent students enrolled at least half-time. Parent must be a US citizen or permanent resident and student must be enrolled at least half-time to participate. Families do not need to demonstrate need to participate in this program. Additional application required.

Application Procedures

At a minimum, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Other forms or documentation may be required to determine eligibility for state and/or federal programs. When completing the FAFSA, students should list UHD’s school code (003612) in Step Six. Once a student has begun the application process, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will notify the student of missing forms and/or documentation by e-mail. Students will also be e-mailed an award letter to their gator mail account when their eligibility for aid has been finalized. Students may also access their financial aid information online at www.uhd.edu/eservices.

Certain categories of foreign-born and immigrant students in the state of Texas can meet state requirements for residency. Such students are able to pay the resident tuition rate while attending public institutions of higher education in Texas. If a student falls into this category he/she will need to complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). The form is available online at https://www.uhd.edu/financial/Documents/1617-tasfa.pdf.

Direct Lending Procedures

Getting Started:

  1. Important: You will need your Department of Education FSA ID (the same ID used for the FAFSA) in order to complete and electronically sign your electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN) under the Direct Loan Program. If you have forgotten your ID or do not yet have one, please go to fsaid.ed.gov to have your ID reset.
  2. Have your social security number, date of birth, and driver’s license number accessible.
  3. You will also be required to provide two personal references (full name, address, and telephone number) whom you have known for at least three years. Each reference provided must reside at a different U.S. address as well as different from the student’s address.

Complete an Electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN)

To complete your eMPN, you will need to go to https://www.studentloans.gov/ and click on “Complete New MPN for Student Loans”. Remember that you will need your Federal Student Aid ID and password.

We estimate that it will take 30 minutes to complete the eMPN process. Make sure you allow enough time to complete the entire process in a single session.

Once you complete the eMPN process correctly, UHD will receive notification electronically that you have completed your MPN. This will allow the UHD Financial Aid Office to continue working on your loan disbursement authorization process.

Complete a Loan Entrance Counseling (LEC)

To complete your LEC, you will need to go to https://www.studentloans.gov/ and click on “Complete Loan Entrance Counseling”. Remember that you will need your Federal Student Aid ID and password.

Your LEC includes information about all of your past student loans as well as helps you to see the amount you will owe based on that previous total.

Once you complete the LEC process correctly, UHD will receive notification electronically that you have completed your LEC. This will allow the UHD Financial Aid Office to continue working on your loan disbursement authorization process.

Direct Lending Disbursement Requirements

Federal regulations require that all Direct Loans (subsidized, unsubsidized and PLUS) must be disbursed in two disbursements based on your enrollment period. Direct Loans that are processed for a single semester will be paid in two installments, one at the beginning of the semester and the remaining payment at the midpoint of the semester. The first disbursement for first-time, first-year borrowers will be 30 days after the beginning of the first semester enrolled at least half-time.

Other Eligibility Requirements

UHD Degree-Seeking Student Requirement

In order to receive financial aid, students must make progress toward their degree as defined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

There are three components to satisfactory academic progress:

Grade Point Requirement
Undergraduate students must achieve and maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on all course work attempted at UHD. Graduate students must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all course work attempted at UHD.

Completion Requirement
Students must complete at least 73% of all course work attempted.

Time Frame Requirement
Students must complete their program of study within a reasonable time frame. The maximum time frame established for UHD as an undergraduate is 170 credit hours (to include all transfer credit hours). A complete copy of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is available online. Please read this policy to see how progress will be monitored. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is required to review students’ entire academic records (regardless of the age of the record or whether or not aid was received) to determine compliance. Students found not to be in compliance will be notified in writing of any denial/suspension and the appropriate appeal procedure.

Dropping Classes

Students’ final eligibility for aid will be based on the number of hours for which they are enrolled on the Official Day of Record listed in the Class Schedule. If they register and then drop classes prior to that date, their eligibility for aid will be RECALCULATED on the remaining hours as of the Official Day of Record. Since financial aid is released prior to the Official Day of Record, students who receive a financial aid payment based on more hours than those remaining as of the Official Day of Record may be responsible for repaying a portion of any financial aid received. Dropping classes may affect students’ eligibility for future aid. Students should consult the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy to determine if dropping classes will affect their eligibility for aid.

Total Withdrawal from School

For students who register and then totally withdraw from all classes, eligibility for aid will be RECALCULATED based on the number of days the student attended class. If the student totally withdraw from all classes prior to the first class day, he/she must repay any and all financial aid received. If the student withdraws on or after the first class day, he/she may have to repay a portion of any financial aid received. Students who have failed to earn a passing grade in any of their classes are considered to have totally withdrawn from school and may have to repay a portion of any financial aid received. See Return of Title IV Funds below. Students who totally withdraw should consult the definition of Satisfactory Academic Progress to determine if their withdrawal will affect their eligibility for future aid.

Administrative Drops

For students who have been administratively dropped from classes for non-attendance, eligibility for aid will be RECALCULATED based on the number of hours for which enrollment remains. If student is dropped from all courses, ALL aid will be removed from student’s account which may result in a balance to the university.

Return of Title IV Funds

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 changed the formula for calculating the amount of aid a student and school can retain when the student totally withdraws from all classes or fails to earn a passing grade in any of the current semester’s classes. Students who withdraw from all classes prior to completing 60% of the semester will have their eligibility for aid recalculated based on the percent of the semester completed. For example, a student who withdraws completing only 30% of the term will have “earned” only 30% of any Title IV aid received. The remaining 70% must be returned by the school and/or the student. A student who fails to earn a passing grade in any of his/her courses will have their eligibility recalculated based on the midpoint of the semester or the last date of participation in an academically related activity. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid encourages you to obtain a complete copy of this policy from the office and read it carefully. If you are thinking about withdrawing from all classes PRIOR to completing 60% of the semester, you should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to see how your withdrawal will affect your financial aid.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships at UHD are intended to recognize and reward outstanding achievement and community involvement. Applicants for most scholarships, therefore, do not need to show evidence of financial need to apply. The application deadline for most UHD scholarships is April 1 of each academic year. However, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid may accept applications at other times during the year if scholarship funds are available. Interested students should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid as soon as they decide to apply for admission at UHD to find out what scholarships are available. Many academic departments at UHD also award scholarships. Students are encouraged to contact the department of their major to find out what departmental scholarships are available.

Tuition and Fee Exemptions

Hazlewood Act

The Hazlewood Act is a benefit that provides qualified veterans, their spouses, and dependent children with an exemption that can cover up to 150 credit hours of eligible tuition and fees at Texas public institutions. Not all university charges are covered, and it does not include indirect expenses such as living expenses, books, or miscellaneous.

Veterans The veteran must meet the following criteria:

  • At the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces:
    • Were Texas residents or
    • Designated Texas as Home of Record, or
    • Entered the service in Texas
  • Have served at least 181 days of active military duty, as indicated on the DD214 as “net active service” (the sum of 12[c] and 12 [d])
  • Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions
  • Have no federal veteran’s education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 31 or 33) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits.
  • Are not in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas.
  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs), unless the college’s governing board has ruled to let veterans receive the benefit while taking non-funded courses.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in accordance with the university’s financial aid policy.

Dependents Children and Spouses must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a child or spouse of a veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces:
    • Were Texas residents or
    • Designated Texas as Home of Record, or
    • Entered the service in Texas
  • Have a parent or spouse who was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or Texas Air National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illnesses, is missing in action, or became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of service-related injury or illness.
  • Have no federal veteran’s education benefits, or have federal education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 31 or 33) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits.
  • Are residents of Texas as of the term or semester in which they enroll
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in accordance with the university’s financial aid policy.

To obtain this exemption, the veteran or dependent must submit an application with attached evidence to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by the Official Day of Record of the term for which the veteran or dependent is applying for the Hazlewood benefits. Hazlewood applications must be renewed each year.

Financial Aid Disbursements

The dollar amounts listed on your award page are generally based on full-time enrollment. The amount of aid authorized for disbursement to your student account will be based on your actual credit hour enrollment. With the exception of Federal or State Work-Study, financial aid processed by the Financial Aid Office will automatically be disbursed to your student account given you have completed the Terms and Conditions requirement. The Student Accounting and Cashiers Office will deduct incurred costs (tuition, fees, and other authorized charges) from the financial aid that is credited to your account. Any remaining financial aid is refunded to you by the Student Accounting and Cashiers Office.

The Financial Aid Office will authorize disbursement no earlier than 10 days prior to the start of classes for the semester.