- Midwestern State University
Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, offers about 50 undergraduate majors and 27 graduate degrees. Three-quarters of student receive some financial aid, with the school disbursing more than $56 million in aid annually. Beginning freshmen and undergraduate transfer students from Texas may be eligible for the Mustangs Guarantee, which pays tuition and fees not covered by other grants or scholarships for families with incomes under $50,000. MWSU also has unusually low out-of-state fees for non-Texans, making it a more affordable choice. Most departments have endowed scholarships for students with specific majors. In the 2018 U.S. News rankings of Regional Universities West, MWSU tied for No. 35 in Top Public Schools and No. 91 in Best Regional Universities.
- Texas Woman’s University
Established in 1901 as the Girls Industrial College, Texas Woman’s University is now the country’s largest university primarily for women, with a total student population of 15,000. Incoming freshmen with excellent academic records are eligible for the New Freshman Student Scholarship ($1,200 – $3,000/year) or the TWU Honours Scholarship ($5,500/year). Freshmen who graduated as valedictorian or salutatorian from their high school are eligible for the TWU Presidential Scholarship, which covers full tuition and fees. Qualified freshmen may also be considered for the Chancellor’s Endowed Scholarship, which covers tuition and fees, and includes+ a stipend for books. Transfer students coming from the Rising Star program in the Dallas County Community College District may be eligible for the TWU Dream Come True Scholarship ($2,000/year).
- University of North Texas
The University of North Texas is a public, research university that offers 99 bachelors’, 83 masters’ and 36 doctoral programs. UNT provides financial aid to 83% of full-time beginning undergraduates and institutional gift aid to 54% of these students. Incoming freshmen are eligible for scholarships, such as the UNT Excellence Scholarship ($3,000 to $8,000 per year), the full-tuition UNT Meritorious Scholarship for National Merit Finalists and university and donor-funded academic scholarships. Transfer students and graduate students are also eligible for university and donor-funded academic scholarships. Additionally, transfer students are eligible for the UNT Transfer Scholarship ($1,000 to $3,000 per year). Institutional grants include the full-tuition Emerald Eagle Scholars Grant and the University of North Texas Grant, which is available to undergraduate and graduate students.
- The University of Texas at Dallas
Located in the heart of North Texas, the University of Texas Dallas has 133 degree programs and offers its students plenty of opportunities for research and hands-on learning. The National Merit Scholars Program awards academically outstanding freshmen full tuition coverage and a $4,000 per semester cash stipend for additional educational expenses. Also included is a one-time $2,000 award for participation in a Study Abroad program. The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program supports freshmen with stellar academic performance and covers the full cost of attending the university, including opportunities for internships, travel and cultural enrichment. Incoming freshmen and transfer students with financial need who can also add to the diversity of the university’s student population may be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship Program ($5,000 per year).
- The University of Texas at Austin
On its 431-acre main campus, the students of the University of Texas Austin have 17 libraries to study and perform research in, 7 museums to explore, and 16 career centers for sage advice and academic guidance. Freshmen with strong academic records and demonstrable financial need are considered for the Presidential Achievement Scholarship ($5,000 to $10,000 per year). Some recipients may qualify for an additional $1,500 supplemental stipend for a research project or a Study Abroad opportunity. The University Leader Network Scholarship ($5,000 per year) supports students with strong leadership potential and excellent academic history. Junior and senior-year students pursuing STEM degrees can be nominated by their department for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation ($10,000) or the Goldwater Scholarship ($7,500 per year).
- Stephen F Austin State University
Stephen F. Austin State University, located in east Texas, is the alma mater of two Grammy Award-winning musicians: Don Henley (who helped start the Eagles before going solo) and country singer Rodney Crowell. On average, students at Stephen Austin State receive more than $12,600 in financial aid each year. Scholarships based on academic merit include the University Regents Scholarships ($3,000 a year) and Academic Excellence Scholarships ($3,000). Students whose FAFSA indicates a high level of need may be eligible for federal Pell Grants, as well as the TEXAS Grant and the Top 10 Percent Scholarship. Under the SFA Purple Promise Guarantee, the college pays the balance on tuition and fees that aren’t covered by other programs for qualifying students.
- The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
In the fall of 2014, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin welcomed 4,661 undergraduates and 899 graduate students from 183 Texas counties, 31 states, and 31 countries. Incoming freshmen may be eligible for the Presidential and Presidential Plus Scholarship, which awards $28,000 to $40,900 over a period of four-years. Students need to be nominated for this scholarship. Academically qualified freshmen are automatically considered for the following scholarships: Achievement Scholarship ($20,000 to $24,000), Freshman Merit Scholarship ($12,000 to $20,000), and the Freshman Grant Scholarship ($8,000). These amounts are also distributed over a period of four-years. Transfer students are considered for the Transfer Excellence Scholarship Award ($3,000 per year) and the Transfer Spur Scholarship Award ($1,000 per year).