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:
• First-year students: Margaret Oaikena
• Sophomores through seniors: Marcy Lilley-Bishop
• Grad students and alumni: Amy Hicks.
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
CVAD grants more than $315,000 annually to deserving CVAD students who are continuing in enrollment from the spring semester to the next fall semester. Applications are made available in the fall and due in January of each year. Read more about it.
Current status: The Continuing Student Scholarship online application is currently closed. If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Aul, senior administrative coordinator, Art Building, Room 101.
Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships and Assistantships
The College of Visual Arts and Design has approximately 100 teaching fellowships and assistantships available each long semester to graduate students who are pursuing a degree in one of our programs and who are interested in teaching or work experience.
Currently enrolled graduate students or students who are 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.
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.
UNT Career Center
The UNT Career Center oversees about 3,500 jobs on campus and more than 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 sophomore through senior students in the College of Visual Arts and Design and is available for one-on-one career advisement online or in the CVAD Milnes Center for Advising, Art Building, Room 232.
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 who are attending a conference that will not only benefit the university but themselves as well, enriching the student with the knowledge and a learning experience that they can’t get in a classroom setting. Read more.
Open to students in all 13 colleges at UNT.
Federal Resources and more
FAFSA — 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 who are 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.
Scholarship Application Information
Student Financial Services strongly recommends the use of the new online eform when submitting a scholarship application.
The new online eforms allow users to log into an eform and submit the scholarship electronically. This can be done from any computer, anywhere, and typically takes less than five minutes to complete. The use of the electronic form eliminates time spent waiting in line to submit the form, eliminates the need to email in your documents, and eliminates the use of paper. Ultimately, it saves you time. Forms are processed within one business day, and email communication is sent once the scholarship has been posted to the account.
Once you register for classes, please fill out the eform. Information regarding eligibility requirements and the amount of the scholarship can be found on the scholarship form.
We are excited about this new process and we hope you take a moment to familiarize yourself with the form. If you have any issues, questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the Student Financial Services Office by email at SFS@unt.edu, phone at 940-565-3225, or on live chat at on the Student Financial Services website.