Paying for College — Funding your Future!
At UNT, you will find many ways to fund your future. Whether through gift aid, which are scholarships and grants, self-assistance aid, such as loans and work-study or working your way through, or other educational benefits, such as the GI Bill, UNT is ready to help you make paying for college achievable!
Earning a college degree is one of the most important investments you will make in your life. Knowing more about ways to pay for college is important; let us help you find a way that works best for you!
Important Tips to Help You Pay for College
- Balancing your checkbook or managing a tight budget may not have been covered in high school!
UNT’s award-winning Student Money Management Center is here to help you! The professional SMMC staff provide workshops and confidential counseling sessions. Contact the SMMC by email at Money.Management@unt.edu.
Note: The center also provides emergency funding to students in need through the Eagle Support Program. This is a loan-based program that addresses cost-of-attendance expenses specific to UNT. Just as you're investing in your education, we want to make sure that we’re investing in your continued success. Check out Tip #5 for info about more help through the Start Green, Stay Green program.
- How do you do that? Start by filling out the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA®! All students are strongly encouraged to complete this application — even if you are interested only in scholarships. You may be eligible for a little or a lot, but only those who apply will know!
Note: Nearly all students who complete the FAFSA receive some type of financial assistance. Financial aid awards are funded and regulated by federal and state governments, so applying for and receiving financial aid is a process. You must apply each year: a new FAFSA is available annually by Oct. 1.
BTW, You will need this: UNT's school code is 003594
- Apply early for aid! What's early? Every Oct. 1 the new FAFSA comes out — start then if you want aid for the next year. Through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA®, your eligibility can be determined for you to receive the maximum award possible. Did you know that there is less money to give away later in the cycle?
Important: Apply every year with a new application — new year: new application — for every year that you want help for your upcoming semesters! Did we say early? The earlier you apply the better because later in the year the money often already has been given away.
- Get to know your UNT financial aid advisors! Contact UNT Financial Aid and Scholarships, 940-565-2302, FinancialAid@unt.edu, Eagle Student Services Center, Room 228. The financial aid advisors can help you learn about grants and scholarships (money you don't pay back), or loans (money you do pay pack) to help pay for college. Be sure to read about the CVAD Resources also on this page.
Have you thought about the money you can earn? Check out Tip #7!
- The Start Green, Stay Green program website has information about how students can obtain help with:
• Tuition or fee payment options
• Emergency money options for medical reasons
• Food or housing insecurity
- The UNT Admissions' Tuition, Costs and Aid web page provides a wealth of information about what to expect when planning for college costs!
- Learn about on- or off-campus jobs through the UNT Career Center.
Also, you can contact your career coach for CVAD:
• Undergraduate- and graduate-level students: Marcy Lilley-Bishop
A career coach can help answer questions about jobs, interviews, your resume, internships and making a career plan. Students can schedule an appointment with a career coach through Handshake, the UNT job portal; just log in with your EUID and PIN.
Where to obtain info about grants, loans, employment...
College of Visual Arts and Design
CVAD Continuing Student Scholarships
Department- College-Sponsored Scholarships: CVAD grants merit- and need-based scholarships and fellowships of more than $315,000 annually to deserving undergraduate and graduate CVAD students who continue in enrollment from the spring semester to the next fall semester. Applications are made available in the fall (after you fill out your new FAFSA on Oct. 1 of each year) and are typically due on the last day of February each year. Read more about it on the Scholarships and Financial Aid and How to Apply web pages.
Academic Scholarships and Fellowships
Incoming graduate students often are admitted with scholarship or fellowship funds based on their application materials. This amount changes based on the number of applicants and available funding and will be detailed in an offer letter to join the graduate program.
Returning graduate and undergraduate students must apply through the Eagle Scholarship Portal each year to be considered for scholarships and fellowships.
Graduate Teaching, Fellowships and Assistantships
The College of Visual Arts and Design has approximately 100 teaching fellowships and assistantships available each long semester to graduate students pursuing a degree in one of our programs and interested in teaching or work experience.
Currently enrolled graduate students or newly accepted into the graduate program with no deficiencies or required leveling are eligible to apply. Learn more about it.
Communication Design Students
Students majoring in Communication Design are encouraged to contact their faculty for information about the Launch Agency Scholarships for art direction and design.
Interior Design Students
Entering and continuing undergraduate and graduate interior design students are encouraged to check the CVAD Interior Design Blog for scholarship opportunities available through program partners and collaborators.
CVAD Student Project Award Fund
Due March 18 — Open to all students. This award fund has been created from college fees and generous donors to fund projects (or aspects of them, including the purchase of materials), study abroad, conferences, scholarly or creative presentations, research opportunities, and internships (among other possibilities) that enrich the education and opportunities of CVAD students. Awards will be granted based on the potential strength of the educational or professional effect of the opportunity on the student, the department, the college, and/or the university. Maximum funding is $2,500.00. Download the application.
All students — undergraduates and graduates — are strongly encouraged to turn to the UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for help with your FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid and information about loans. You will indicate your preference for work-study employment on your FAFSA.
Freshmen: Be sure to ask about the Terry Scholarships.
These are funds awarded based on merit and/or need, aid you do not pay back. Learn how to apply for a scholarship on the Financial Aid and Scholarships web page titled How to Apply for Scholarships.
UNT Career Center
The UNT Career Center oversees about 3,500 jobs on campus and over 8,500 off campus. These opportunities can be explored through the Handshake app. The UNT Career Center staff members provide a full range of services to support students and alumni at all points along the employment path, from their freshman year to post-graduation. Marcy Bishop-Lilley is the career coach specifically assigned to support students in the College of Visual Arts and Design with offices in the Art Building. The coaches are available for one-on-one career advisement online or in person. Visit the CVAD + UNT Career Center web page on the CVAD News and Views website for more information.
Check out the jobs in Handshake highlighted especially for CVAD students by our CVAD Career Coach on the CVAD News and Views website!
Check Tip #7 on this page for the first-year and graduate students' career coach contact information, or read our Career Center resource page.
B.C. Raupe Memorial Travel Grant
The Raupe Travel Grant is a scholarship offered to the University of North Texas undergraduate students attending a conference that will benefit not only the university but themselves as well, enriching the student with the knowledge and a learning experience they can’t get in a classroom setting. Read more.
Open to all UNT students. The award for the first-place winners in both the undergraduate and the graduate categories will be $5,000; in most years, there will be a substantial second-place award in the undergraduate category too.
Study Abroad Scholarships
Check out the International Education Fee Scholarships to help pay for travel opportunities.
Federal Resources and more
FAFSA — you must apply every year!
Toulouse Graduate School
Doctoral and master's fellowships — The Toulouse School of Graduate Studies annually awards a number of generous fellowships to new doctoral and master's students. Eligibility for these fellowships is limited to students nominated by academic departments and programs from among new students beginning their doctoral or master’s degree coursework in the fall semester. Visit the Toulouse Graduate School website for more information, or call 940 565-2383 or email GraduateSchool@unt.edu.
Students employed at a half-time rate are eligible for partial tuition waivers through the university's Tuition Benefit Program. For information about the Tuition Benefit Program and other university opportunities, visit the Toulouse Graduate School.
Additional External Sources
Opportunities sometimes become available through national, state or local arts communities, such as the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Talley Dunn Gallery and the Dallas Museum of Art. The UNT scholarship counselors are in the UNT Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Scholarships@unt.edu!
Interior Design Society
The Interior Design Society, an independent national organization, offers an annual scholarship for students majoring in interior design. Check the IDS Scholarship web page for more information and an application form. The average award is about $1,000.
Need to make a payment? Visit the UNT Student Accounting Payment Options web page.