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Amounts for tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Board of Regents and may not be reflected in the numbers below for up to 30 days after they have been approved.

 

Cost of Attendance

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  • Peridontics
  • Pediatrics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Dental Diagnostics

Cost of Attendance

What is a “Cost of Attendance” budget?

A student’s Cost of Attendance (COA) budget is calculated as the estimated amount of tuition, fees, and books a student will be expected to pay in order to attend school at UTSHCSA.  In addition to those actual, direct costs we also estimate the amounts needed in order to pay the costs associated with housing and food (also referred to as room and board), transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.   A student may or may not incur these expenses or they may incur a lesser amount than our estimates.  We urge you to consider these factors when deciding how much to borrow in order to attend school.

View the tuition rate tables for your school.

Why is it Estimated?

We say these amounts are estimated because they are based on your expected enrollment level (we assume all students will attend full-time which may not be the case).  Students enrolled in less than full-time hours will have their tuition and fee components adjusted down to reflect the lower costs the student will incur.   This could mean a student’s financial aid awards may also have to be reduced.

How do I make use of these numbers?

When you are trying to determine how much you will be able to spend on your living expenses, add up the allowances for room and board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses and divide them by the number of months you will be enrolled in school.  This should give you an idea of what you can afford to spend on your living expenses per month.

Budgets are calculated per term; however, aid is disbursed evenly between terms.   With some exceptions, awards can be adjusted to be aligned with the per-term cost of attendance. Contact a Financial Aid Counselor for more details.

Estimated Costs/Budgets

The following links, by academic career, will show you the amounts we have estimated for Texas residents.  Non-residents will pay more than the amount shown so please contact VSFA for additional details:


Designated Tuition Set Aside

Senate Bill 1304, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature, directs institutions of higher education to provide notices to students (Texas Education Code, Section  56.014 Notice to Students Regarding Tuition Set Aside for Financial Assistance) who pay designated tuition of the amount of the tuition that is set aside for financial assistance.  Therefore, The University of Texas Health Science Center is required by law (Texas Education Code, Sections 56.011, 56.012, and 56.465) to set aside a certain portion of a student’s tuition for financial assistance programs.

  • Notifications are sent to students each semester they are enrolled via e-mail after the 20th class day for Fall and Spring terms and the 15th class day for Summer terms.
  • The set aside does not affect your student financial aid and it does not guarantee that you will personally receive financial assistance.  The financial assistance that you receive is determined by the information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

 

Examples of Financial Assistance Programs funded from tuition set asides are:

  1. Grants
  2. Texas B-On-Time Student Loan Program
  3. Work-Study Programs
  4. Student Loans
  5. Student Loan Repayment Assistance

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is tuition set aside?

Tuition set aside is a portion of the tuition paid by resident students (those classified as citizens of the State of Texas), “set aside” and dedicated to provide need-based financial aid to students.

Why are these funds being set aside?

The college is required by law to set aside a portion of tuition charged to a resident student.  See Texas Education Code Sections 56.011 and 56.012.

How much of my tuition is set aside?

Twenty percent (20%) per credit hour of designated tuition in excess of $46.00 per credit hour for an undergraduate resident is set aside. See Texas Education Code Sections 56.011 and 56.012.

Is the same amount set aside from everyone’s tuition?

The amount set aside from a particular student’s tuition varies, based on the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled and the student’s enrollment level.

Am I being charged extra?

No, by state law, the college is required to put a portion of the tuition that state residents pay into a fund to support financial aid to students. The amount for each student is determined by detailed calculations based on specific credit hour enrollments. The amount being set aside for this fund does not require any students to pay any additional cost for tuition and fees.

How is this money used? Can I use it?

The financial assistance provided by these funds includes scholarships, work-study programs, student loans, and student loan repayment assistance.  To be eligible for assistance, a student must establish financial need in accordance with rules and procedures established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.   Priority shall be given to students who meet the coordinating board definition of financial need and whose cost for tuition and required fees is not met through other non-loan financial assistance program(s).  In order to be considered for need based aid, the student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  For steps on how to apply/ receive financial aid please visit here.

 

Will this affect my financial aid?

No, tuition set aside does not affect your aid nor does it guarantee that you will receive aid.  Scholarship aid will still be determined on a first-come, first-served basis and will be based on your aid eligibility as determined by the FAFSA.

 

 

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Financial Aid – Cost of Attendance

A student’s Cost of Attendance (COA) budget is calculated as the estimated amount of tuition, fees, and books a student will be expected to pay in order to attend school at UTSHCSA.  We say these amounts are estimated because they are based on your expected enrollment level (we assume all students will attend full-time) which may not be the case.  Students enrolled in less than full-time hours will have their budget adjusted down to reflect the lower costs the student will incur.   This could mean a student’s financial aid awards may also have to be reduced.

 In addition to those actual, direct costs we also estimate the amounts needed in order to pay the costs associated with housing and food (also referred to as room and board), transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.   A student may or may not incur these expenses or they may incur a lesser amount than our estimates.  We urge you to consider these factors when deciding how much to borrow in order to attend school.  The following links, by academic career, will show you the amounts we have estimated for 2013 – 2014 aid year:

School of Medicine

Graduate Biomedical School

Dental School 

Health Professions

School of Nursing

General Information

What is Financial Aid?

 

FINANCIAL AID is defined as assistance to pay for your educational expenses. These expenses, referred to as your Cost of Attendance (COA), budget include tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, and living expenses while in school.  Any assistance received by you to help you pay for these expenses is considered “financial aid” regardless of the source. These sources are:

  • Grants  Funds from Federal and State sources that do NOT require repayment
  • Scholarships  State, Institutional, Organizational funds that do NOT require repayment
  • Loan Programs Money that must be paid back. May consist of Federal/Private loans
  • Fellowships/Stipends Assistance received while in school
  • Departmental payments Assistance with tuition/fees while in school
  • Hazlewood Act  For Texas Veterans who have exhausted their eligibility for federal benefits…learn more

What is my COA Budget?

When estimating your COA budget for the aid year we attempt to reasonably estimate the actual costs you will pay for tuition and fees and health insurance (based on UTHSCSA health insurance prices).   Book allowances are determined by your department.  Allowances for transportation, miscellaneous expenses, and room/board are based on the number of months you will actually be enrolled in school.

Examples of additional items that can be included in your COA are your one-time purchase of a computer, expenses related to third-party care of your dependents (children or parents),  catastrophic car repairs, and tuition paid for courses which count towards your UTHSCSA degree program.  See our Budget Adjustment form for additional details here.

For COA information for your particular school please go here.

 

UTHSCSA Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded based on need, merit, or a combination of the two.  Scholarships do not need to be repaid, but may have specific criteria for you to remain eligible (i.e., grade point average, major, etc.).  Search online as scholarships may also be obtained from outside entities such as corporations, foundations, and/or organizations.  Don’t forget to check with your community church, hospitals, bank, businesses, or other health-care providers too.

For UTHSCSA scholarships, students will apply online through their student portal once each aid year.   For additional information about the scholarship application process please go here.

 

Disbursements

Financial aid disbursements occur on or about 10 days prior to first-class day, provided that day is not a weekend or UTSHCSA holiday, the student is enrolled, and any outstanding requests for action have been completed (first-time participants in the William D. Ford Direct / Federal Perkins Loan programs at UTHSCSA will need to complete an Entrance Counseling Session and a Master Promissory Note).

Refunds of any credit balance will be sent to you by one of the following methods:

  • Paper Check – checks are usually delivered to your home address within 3 to 5 business days during the first disbursement day and census day for the current term.  Checks are then processed twice a week (Tuesday and Friday) until the next disbursement cycle begins.  This change is effective October 13th, 2014.  Your banking institution may place up to a 10-day hold on your check.   During the Winter Holiday’s, student’s electing to receive paper checks may wait an additional 3 to 5 business days to receive their funds due to bank/post office/university closures.
  • Direct Deposit – direct deposits are usually received within 1 to 2 business days. You must sign up for this service through your student portal at least 10 days before your scheduled disbursement.

For a complete listing of disbursement dates please go here

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards

To maintain eligibility for financial aid, a student must make academic progress towards their degree.  Once the requirements have been met for the student’s degree, that student will lose eligibility for further funds, even if they choose to stay in school for additional semesters and not graduate.

Our office will measure your academic progress annually after the spring semester grades have been posted as mandated in Federal Regulation HEA 484(c). Failure to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (for all terms enrolled, not just those terms that aid was received) may result in loss of financial aid eligibility.  For additional information on this topic please go here.

 

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Graduate Biomedical School Cost of Attendance

Amounts for tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Board of Regents and may not be reflected in the numbers below for up to 30 days after they have been approved.

 Graduate Programs

Doctorate in Medical Physics (DMP)

 

Masters in Dental Hygiene

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

 

Disbursement Schedule

 

UTHSCSA’s disbursement(s) must occur “no earlier than 10 days prior to first-class day” assuming that day falls on a business day and not a holiday (if on a holiday, the disbursement will occur on the next business day the university is open).

Short-term emergency loans cannot be processed in a current term, when the intent is to repay the loan with financial aid from a future term, as this would violate the above intent to prevent financial aid from disbursing early.

 

Award Year 2017 – 2018

Award Year 2016 – 2017

Award Year 2015 – 2016

Award Year 2014 – 2015

Award Year 2013 – 2014

 

Holds

It is important that you are aware of all holds on your account since this can impact registration, transcript requests, packaging, or disbursement of financial aid funds and eventually, graduation.   Please view your account periodically to make sure you do not have any holds placed on your record.   If you do, review the hold indicator and/or your “To Do” list to determine the steps required to resolve the pending issue.

Common reasons you may not have been awarded aid or why your financial aid may not have disbursed:

  • Verification has not been completed
  • Required documents have not been submitted
  • Missing a Master Promissory Note (MPN)
  • Failing to complete Entrance Counseling for Loans
  • You have not enrolled in courses or are enrolled less than half time.

The offices listed below can assist you with any holds placed by their departments: 

Health Clinic 210-567-9355
Library 210-567-2440
Police  210-567-2800
Registrar Office 210-567-2621
Student Financial (Bursar)  210-567-2556

How To Apply

Step 1: Complete Applications

  • Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the only application required to complete for student aid consideration.
  • The Renewal FAFSA is available for those who applied the previous year.
  • The school code for UT Health Science Center at San Antonio is 003659.
  • Medical and Dental professional students do not need to include their parental tax information.
  • You must submit a completed FAFSA in order to be considered for all federal/state grants and student loans.
  • Apply for scholarships as early as possible and remember your FAFSA must be on file with our office for the current aid year in order to access the application through your portal.
  • For students not eligible for federal aid, or international students seeking access to the scholarship application, you will complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)

Step 2: Processing FAFSA Information

Upon receipt of your FAFSA information from the US Department of Education, we will:

  • Request authorization to communicate with you electronically (receipt of this email, sent to your UTHSCSA email account, also confirms we have your FAFSA data loaded into the Student System). Student Center Log-In Instructions.
  • Notify student of her/his financial aid eligibility for the academic year or
  • Request additional documentation. All requested documents must be received by the Department of Student Financial Aid before aid can be processed.  Students who file an extension with the IRS will need to wait until they can either use the IRS DRT tool or submit a tax transcript before awarding can occur.

Step 3: Awarding Process

Federal & State Aid

  • All awarding is prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis for students that meet the eligibility criteria at the time of awarding.  Additionally, students wishing to receive College Work-Study funds will need to indicate they are interested in the program on their FAFSA.  Students will be notified of their award through their current home address account via the Financial Aid Offer Notice.   Once admitted, the students can check their financial aid status from the HSC Portal (also referred to as Student Self Service).  Do not delay in accepting “favorable” aid as we will cancel and award to those on our waiting lists if the aid is unaccepted for more than a month from the date it was awarded.

Scholarships

  • If a student receives a scholarship from an outside donor, it must be factored into a student’s financial aid package.  This could result in a reduction of your federal or state aid in order to prevent an over-award of financial aid.  See a counselor for details.  UTHSCSA scholarships are awarded by the individual Loan and Scholarship Committees for each school.  Students must complete the online scholarship application, after filing their FAFSA, in order to be included in the list of potential candidates that is sent to the schools upon their request.  Click here for additional details.

Step 4: Accept/Reject Aid

  • When you receive notice that you have been awarded financial aid, you need to go into the student portal (inside.uthscsa.edu) to accept or reject your aid.  Do not delay in accepting “favorable” aid as we will cancel and award to those on our waiting lists if the aid is unaccepted for more than a month from the date it was awarded.

Step 5: Other Financial Aid

If you are in need of additional financial aid, the following options are available.

If there are any questions about your student’s financial aid offer, any of the programs available, or if you need further assistance in finding a financial solution to pay for college expenses, please contact our office to meet with a financial aid advisor.

Information for Students Enrolled in Non-Degree Programs

Federal and State financial aid regulations require student’s enrollment in a degree-seeking program in order to receive aid.  Students may seek out private loans to assist with their school expenses but please remember to borrow wisely as loans must be repaid along with accrued interest charges.  Origination fees are not currently assessed on amounts borrowed.  Interest rates are variable, based on your credit rating, and a co-signer may be required.  Please contact our office for more information.

Cost of Attendance (COA)

Your COA will be based on your actual tuition and fee charges, estimated book/supply expenses, and allowances will be given for living and transportation based on the number of months you are enrolled in school.  This will be the maximum amount you can borrow from a private lender.

Please call or come by our office so we can evaluate your plan of study and provide a reasonable estimate of your expenses while enrolled at UTHSCSA.

Private Loan Disbursement Procedures

Upon receipt of funds from your private lender UTHSCSA will apply the amount received to your tuition and fee balance first before creating a refund for you. 

Refunds of any credit balance will be sent to you by the following means:

Paper Check – checks are usually delivered to your home address within 3 to 5 business days. Your banking institution may place up to a 10-day hold on your check.   During the Winter Holiday’s, student’s electing to receive paper checks may wait an additional 3 to 5 business days to receive their funds due to bank/post office/university closures.

Direct Deposit – direct deposits are usually received within 1 to 2 business days. You must sign up for this service through your student portal at least 10 days before your scheduled disbursement.

Learn more about Financial Literacy

Do you know how your credit score is determined?  Do you know how to obtain your credit report for free? Have you created a budget for your monthly expenses? Do you know how to get started? These important topics should be considered while you are in-school and BEFORE you graduate. Learn more about managing your money, free credit reports, and FICO scores below.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards…learn more