UTSA Bold Promise

UTSA is committed to providing high-quality, affordable education for anyone who wishes to pursue a degree. UTSA Bold Promise is a tuition promise program that aims to make college more accessible and affordable to graduating High School Texans from middle- and low-income families. Qualifying students will have their tuition covered 100% for eight fall and spring semesters within a 4-year time period, as long as students maintain eligibility.

How does it work?

Students do not have to apply separately for this program. Bold Promise is automatically awarded to qualified Texas residents who meet the program qualifications. Tuition is covered by scholarships, grants and tuition exemptions from federal, state and institutional funds.

Students will not see a fund called “Bold Promise” on their financial aid offer, but a combination of funding awarded that covers tuition. Note: Bold Promise does not cover books, housing or meal plan. However, students will have other aid offered to help with these expenses.

How do I qualify?

New first-time freshman fall applicants can qualify for the Bold Promise promise program if they meet the following qualifications:

Be a Texas Resident

Have a family income up to $50,500**

Submit a FAFSA/TASFA by Jan 15

Submitted a Fall freshman admission application and all required documents* by Jan 15

Rank in top 25% of high school class

Enroll full-time (12 credit hours or more) each semester

*Please see requirements for application completion. All documents must be received by January 15, but an admissions decision may occur after this time.

**Student must have financial need. Family income information will be determined from the FAFSA/TASFA. Student must have graduated high school within 16 months of initial enrollment as a first-time freshman. Students must meet the above criteria at the time of admission.

Continuing Eligibility

To continue to receive the Bold Promise, students must meet the following eligibility qualifications.

  • Submit a FAFSA or TASFA by March 15 each year
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Complete a minimum of 24 hours in fall and spring semesters
  • Remain in good academic standing

Frequently Asked Questions

The Bold Promise is part of the UTSA’s effort to make college more affordable for our students. Incoming fall freshmen who qualify by the January 15 financial aid priority deadline will have their tuition covered 100% for eight fall/spring semesters. The semesters must be taken consecutively within a 4-year time period (approx. $40,000 value across four years) and eligibility must be maintained. Tuition is covered by scholarships, grants and tuition exemptions from federal, state and institutional funds.

For eligible students, UTSA will use sources such as scholarships, grants or tuition exemptions that come from the federal, state and institutional levels to cover tuition.

Students who qualify for the Bold Promise will have their tuition covered for a maximum of 8 fall and spring semesters, or 4 consecutive years of enrollment.

This program began for first-time freshmen entering UTSA in the Fall of 2020.

Students who meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a Texas Resident
  • Submit a Fall freshman admission application and all required documents* by Jan 15
  • Have a family income up to $50,500**
  • Rank in top 25% of high school class (at time of admission)
  • Submit a FAFSA/TASFA by January 15
  • Enroll full-time (Complete 24 hours in the Fall/Spring semesters)

*Please see requirements for application completion. All documents must be received by January 15, but an admissions decision may occur after this time.

**Student must have financial need. Family income information will be determined from the FAFSA/TASFA. Student must have graduated high school within 16 months of initial enrollment as a first-time freshman. Students must meet the above criteria at the time of admission.

Students are automatically considered if they are qualified Texas residents who meet the program qualifications.

**Please note that if a student is selected for verification and the family income changes after validating tax information, this could impact eligibility for the Bold Promise.

The Bold Promise is for first-time freshmen seeking their first undergraduate degree.

The Bold Promise is for first-time freshmen seeking their first undergraduate degree.

At this time, the Bold Promise is offered to first-time freshmen seeking their first undergraduate degree.

To have tuition covered, students must maintain full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours).

Yes. As they are renewable for up to 4 years in the fall and spring semesters for full-time, new freshmen students in order to support timely graduation. To renew eligibility, you must enroll full-time in fall and spring, submit a FAFSA or TASFA by March 15 each year, maintain a 2.5 UTSA GPA and successfully complete a minimum of 24 hours.

The Bold Promise covers tuition for fall and spring semesters only.

When you file your FAFSA you will have the opportunity to many forms of aid including potential for works-study and federal direct student loans.

Bold Promise is to be used to cover UTSA tuition and mandatory fees.

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