Welcome to Financial Aid

Fall 2021 Walk-In Hours

The Office of Financial Aid will be available for walk-in visits from August 2 through September 8. You can sign in to the virtual line one of three ways:

  • Check in at the SSB first-floor Welcome Center Desk.
  • Text “UT DALLAS” to 626-414-3210.
  • Call 855-883-7537.

You can also reach a financial aid representative by calling 972-883-2941 or emailing [email protected] 

Fall 2021 Financial Aid Disbursements

Fall 2021 financial aid is scheduled to be disbursed to student accounts on or near the first day of classes, August 23. Refunds will be issued by the Bursar Office.

To ensure your financial aid disburses:

  • Your current enrollment status must match the enrollment status we used to award your financial aid.
    • Your original financial aid offer letter or email included the enrollment status we used to award your financial aid. If your enrollment status for the term does not match this enrollment status, please submit an Hours Adjustment Form.
  • You should have no outstanding financial aid To Do List items in Orion.
    • Required financial aid documents will appear in your To Do List in Orion. The Office of Financial Aid also sends To Do List reminders to your UTD email.
  • Continuing students must be meeting the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
    • Your SAP status was determined at the end of your last term enrolled at UT Dallas.

Additional information is available on our Disbursements and Refunds page.

2021-2022 Financial Aid

The 2021-2022 FAFSA, used for fall 2021, spring 2022 and summer 2022, is available online at  and the myStudentAid mobile app.  If you are planning to attend school in the next academic year and have not yet submitted your 2021-2022 FAFSA, please do so as soon as possible. Visit our Deadlines page for information on our priority deadlines.

Please note:  The 2020 – 2021 FAFSA, used for fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021, is available online at and the myStudentAid mobile app. 

FA Live Q&A

Ask your financial aid questions and get answers in real time from a member of the Office of Financial Aid.

Please join us for our next FA Live Q&A scheduled for Thursday, August 5 at 2:00 PM.  FA Live Q&A sessions are held the first and third Thursday of each month from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. central time.

How to Submit Documents

If you decide to send us a document as an email attachment, the preferable format is PDF. You should send the document to [email protected] or you can fax the documents to 972-883-6803.

Census Date

The financial aid census date for the summer 2021 term was June  9, 2021.  This was the census date for the entire semester, including second session classes. The Office of the Registrar has different census dates than does the Office of Financial Aid. To be considered for financial aid eligibility you must have been registered for classes on our census date. To view other important academic dates, see the academic calendar.

Additional information regarding the eligibility requirements to receive financial aid are available on our Eligibility page.

Enrollment Status

For financial aid purposes, your enrollment status (e.g. half-time, three quarters-time, full-time, etc.) is determined based upon the number of financial aid-eligible semester credit hours in which you enroll, as well as your academic level.

Read more about enrollment status.

How to accept your aid in Orion Student Center

  • Instructions for checking your financial aid status and accepting aid can be found here
  • Instructions for viewing and accepting federal student loans can be found here.

Navigation to viewing or accepting your aid:


Interested in Work-Study?

If you qualify for work-study through the financial aid application process, you must obtain a job through the UT Dallas Career Center to utilize the funds. Work-study funds earned are then paid through payroll based on hours worked and pay-rate of the position. Please see the Career Center for more information regarding applying for a work-study position.

Bursar Office Notices

  • Visit the Bursar Office payment options section for an explanation of payment plan options.
  • Tuition Statements are available through the Galaxy portal.
    • This is available under Orion Self-Service (Student) > Orion Student Center > Bursar Account > Account Statement. Please choose the term and then click on “View Account Detail.”
  • Please see the following contact information for the Bursar Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find a list of frequently asked questions here.

Manage Your Money

Financial aid funds are disbursed in lump sums. This makes budgeting a critical part of most students’ lives. The federal government provides a great tool for creating a budget. Also, check out the Student Success Center’s Comet Cents program.

Taking Classes at Another School

If you register for classes at another school at the same time you are attending UT Dallas:

  • If you are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant program, you can receive this grant at only one school at a time.
  • You must notify us if you are receiving federal or state grants or loans from another school while attending UT Dallas.
  • UT Dallas will process financial aid for your registered UT Dallas classes. We do not process financial aid for classes taken at other schools.
  • For academic requirements regarding the ability to transfer off-campus coursework, see your academic advisor.