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Paying for College
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What is Financial Aid?

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. This financial assistance covers educational expenses including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. There are several types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships, work study and loans. Financial aid awards may include a combination of the various types of aid.

The Financial Aid Offices at each campus have professional staff members to administer the aid programs and advise students and their families regarding the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to them.

Tuition Payment Plan (NEW)

Students must be registered for the current semester to sign up for the payment plan. This payment plan is not available to inactive students who owe money for prior semesters and have been referred to the collection agency. Learn more about the payment plan.


Gift aid that is awarded based on demonstrated financial need. Grants do not need to be repaid.


These funds are borrowed and MUST be repaid once the student ceases to attend school or drops below half-time enrollment.

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Student Employment

Federal and State funds that provide part-time employment for students who are enrolled at least half time. Students are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours a week during the academic periods and 40 hours a week during the interim periods and breaks.

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Gift aid that is awarded based on a variety of factors, such as academic achievement, leadership, field of study, and/or financial need. Scholarships do not need to be repaid.

A single online scholarship application, the UH System Common Scholarship Application, is available through Next Gen Web Solutions Scholarship Manager. The application is available from October 1 through March 1. Use this ONE application to apply for scholarships at your home campus as well as UH System scholarships.

A security feature causes the application to time out after 45 minutes so it is highly recommended that you prepare your personal statement and essays in a word document or PDF ahead of time and then copy or paste into the application. You may save and continue your application any time before submission, but you will be unable to return to make changes after you submit your application.

Scholarship questions may be sent to the UH System Scholarship Office at




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