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Types of Financial Aid

Types of Financial Aid

Getting Started

Undergraduate financial aid can come from a variety of federal, state, university, and private sources and may include gift aid or student employment—funds that do not have to be repaid—or student or parent loans, funds that can be borrowed to cover educational expenses and need to be repaid after graduation.

Need-based financial aid can help cover the difference between the school’s cost of attendance and what students and families can afford to pay out of pocket. The amount that a student is eligible to receive is based on detailed financial information provided by students and families in federal, state or agency applications.

Non–need-based aid, on the other hand, is based solely on the school’s cost of attendance—estimated expenses for one year of study. It’s often awarded according to academic or athletic ability, community service, or leadership.


Gift Aid

Sources: Federal and state governments, the university, the academic department or professional school, community and civic groups, and private industry.



HT administers more than a dozen prestigious scholarship programs, ranging in value from a few thousand dollars up to full tuition. They are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership, service, and talent. Visit the Admission  website for more information.

Scholarships do not increase the total amount of your need-based financial aid. Instead, they change the composition of your financial aid eligibility. In most cases, we allow outside scholarships to replace the amounts of student loans or Federal Work-Study in your financial aid package. We make every attempt to preserve any university need-based grant you may have been awarded. Each situation must be reviewed in light of the availability of funds, state and federal regulations, and the university’s financial aid policies.

Scholarships offer students a great way to maximize your financial aid. Scholarships do not have to be repaid. A good rule of thumb for students is “apply early and apply often.” For those that are “first in family” search for scholarship opportunities created specifically for “first in family” students.


Huston Tillotson University Award Spring Scholarship Portal

African-American Male Teacher Initiative

W.E.B Dubois Honors Program

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Huston Tillotson University is proudly supported by the United Negro College Fund offering over $250,000 in scholarships to our students.

We encourage students students to apply for the general scholarship and to check often for other opportunities they may be eligible for. 

Apply here


Scholarship Check Mailing Address

Huston-Tillotson University
Attention: Office of Financial Aid
900 Chicon St  Austin, Texas 78702

*Please include student name and ID number


If you apply for financial aid, your award package may contain federal loans to help you meet the cost of attendance. A loan contains a promise to repay with interest (i.e. a promissory note). Be sure that you understand the terms and conditions associated with the loan. Federal loans offer lower interest rates and the most flexibility for students including in-school deferments as well as several repayment plans that meet a wide range of financial situations.

For more information visit and to apply visit:

Below are the steps to follow when applying for a federal loan:


Federal Direct Loans

Federal Direct Loans are available to most eligible borrowers who apply for financial aid.

Direct Parent PLUS Loans

Families looking for long-term financing may wish to consider the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan to finance their child’s education.

Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

Graduate and professional students looking for long-term financing may wish to consider the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan to finance their education.

Federal Stafford Loans – Loan Limits

Federal regulations place limits on the amount that students can borrow under the Federal Stafford Loan program. These limits are subject to the following:

  • Annual Maximum Loan Limit: Determines the maximum amount that may be borrowed through the Stafford Loan program during the academic year (fall, spring, and/or summer).
    • The combined total (Federal Stafford Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loans) cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance (COA) minus other financial aid or the maximum academic year amount allowable by law, whichever is less.
  • Aggregate Maximum Loan Limit: Determines the maximum amount that may be borrowed through the Stafford Loan program over a student’s college career.

Please note: First-time undergraduate borrowers on or after July 1, 2023, have a limit on the period of time they may receive Subsidized Stafford loans. The time period is measured in academic years.

The maximum annual amount you can borrow in the form of a Federal Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan(s) is determined by your class level and dependency status.

Annual Maximum Loan Limits

Dependent Student Independent Student
0 – 29 credit hours
(no more than $3,500 subsidized)
(no more than $3,500 subsidized)
30 – 59 credit hours
(no more than $4,500 subsidized)
(no more than $4,500 subsidized)
60+ credit hours
(no more than $5,500 subsidized)
(no more than $5,500 subsidized)
Graduate level N/A $20,500
(all unsubsidized)

Aggregate Maximum Loan Limits 

Dependent $31,000 (No more than $23,000 subsidized)
Independent $57,500 (No more than $23,000 subsidized)
Graduate $138,000 (No more than $65,500 subsidized)


Alternative Payment Options

College Ave

Student Freedom Initiative® (“SFI”)

Sallie Mae

Work Study

Work-Study provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for educational expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to students’ course of study. Work-Study is available to full-time and part-time students.

If you would like to be considered for Work-Study, mark “yes” to the question on the FAFSA that asks whether you are interested in student employment. Work-Study awards are based on available funds.

Once you have been awarded Work-Study as part of your financial aid package, it is up to you to find an approved job.