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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Financial information



Tuition and mandatory fees

(Fees are subject to change)

Tuition, fees, room and board are subject to increase or decrease without notice by action of the Texas Legislature and/or the UNT Board of Regents. Students are responsible for any additional amounts due UNT resulting from post audits and corrections, including all fees and waivers (i.e., registration assessing errors, changing from off-campus to on-campus classes, invalid employment waivers, etc.).

For current information on tuition and fees, visit the Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services web site (studentaccounting.unt.edu). Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services is open from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Explanation of fees

(Fees are subject to change)

Visit the Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services web site (studentaccounting.unt.edu) for current fees.

Student service fees

Student service fees are assessed in proportion to the number of semester credit hours for which a student registers to cover the cost of student services that directly involve or benefit students, including, but not limited to, recreational activities, artist and lecture series, cultural entertainment series, debating and oratorical activities and student government.

Student union fee

A fixed student union fee is collected from each enrolled student for the purpose of operating, maintaining, improving and equipping the University Union. Activities financed by the student union fee are limited to those in which the entire student body is eligible to participate.

Technology use fee

The technology use fee is collected in proportion to the number of credit hours for which a student registers to defray costs associated with the addition of instructional equipment in classrooms and student computer laboratories, development of the degree audit system and instruction-related activities in the Computing Center.

Library use fee

The library use fee is collected in proportion to the number of credit hours for which a student registers to support the development and maintenance of library collections and to provide expanded operating hours and other services to meet student needs.

Medical services fee

The fixed medical services fee is used solely to provide medical services to students enrolled at the university.

International education fee

A fixed international education fee is collected from each enrolled student to be used in support of an international education financial aid fund. This fund allows an equal opportunity for all students to participate in student exchange and study abroad programs.

Publication fee

A fixed publication fee is collected from each enrolled student to defray costs associated with publication and distribution of schedules of classes, catalogs and other publications available to all students.

Recreational facility fee

A fixed recreational facility fee is collected from each enrolled student for the purpose of operating the Pohl Recreation Center.

Transportation fee

The transportation fee supports the shuttle bus system that transports students to, and around, various locations on campus.

Undergraduate advising fee

The undergraduate advising fee supports the advising process for undergraduate courses.

International student fee

A fixed international student fee is charged to all non-immigrant visa students for each term in which they enroll in UNT.

Property damage deposit

All students, except those enrolled in only off-campus courses or covered by other specific waivers, must pay a General Property Deposit at the time of first registering at the university. The deposit may be forfeited to cover any outstanding financial obligation at the university. The fee will otherwise be refunded to the student opon withdrawal or graducation from the university. If the deposit has not been refunded to the student within 4 years of the last enrollment, it will be forfeired as specified by state law.

Intercollegiate athletics fee

The intercollegiate athletics fee is collected in proportion to the number of credit hours for which a student is registered, and supports the cost of UNT athletic programs, capped at 15 hours.

Environmental services fee

The Environmental Services Fee is used to fund environmentally related projects/activities on campus such as energy and water conservation, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable campus dining, and student projects. The fee is waived for students taking all of their courses off campus and is not charged for summer sessions.

Fees Related to Instruction

Instructional fees vary by course and fall into the following two fee categories. Please note that for billing purposes, these fee categories are grouped together and billed as one instructional fee.

Instructional fees will be due at the time of registration or the payment deadline for early registered students. These fees are refundable according to the university refund policy. If a student desires to know what portion of an instructional fee falls into each category listed below, they may contact Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services at 940-565-3225 or the Registrar’s Office at 940-565-2111.

Academic fees

Academic Fees are assessed at the college/school level based on the estimated costs of goods and services related to instruction at the college/school level.  Academic fees are charged to cover consumable supplies, syllabi, tests, classroom guest lecturers, salaries and wages of employees who assist in the preparation, distribution, and supply of classroom materials and some equipment purchases related directly to student participation in the classroom.

Laboratory fees

Laboratory fees are only applicable to courses that require students to register for a laboratory section. Laboratory fees are collected to cover the cost of materials and supplies used by students in the laboratory. The laboratory fee may not be less than $2 nor more than $30 for any one term/semester or summer session.

Admission application fee

U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens applying to the University of North Texas Toulouse Graduate School must pay a $75 nonrefundable admission application fee. The fee must be paid in U.S. dollars.

International students applying to the University of North Texas Toulouse Graduate School must pay a $75 non-refundable admission application fee. The fee must be paid in U.S. dollars.

Admission applications will not be processed until after the application fee is received. Admission decisions will be made after all academic credentials are received and evaluated.

Contact the Toulouse Graduate School for more information at 940-565-2383, 888-UNTGRAD [868-4723], Dallas–Fort Worth metro 817-267-3731, or by e-mail at graduateschool@unt.edu.

Universities Center at Dallas fee

Students enrolling for upper-division undergraduate courses or graduate courses offered by the partner universities of the Universities Center at Dallas may enroll at their home institution for courses offered by other UCD universities. UCD is located in downtown Dallas. Please check for current per credit fee at https://studentaccounting.unt.edu/explanation-fees.

Collin Higher Education Center fee

Students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate courses offered at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) will be assessed a Collin Higher Education Fee. The CHEC, a partnership with Collin County Community College, is located at 3452 Spur 399, McKinney, TX. Please check for current per credit fee at https://studentaccounting.unt.edu/explanation-fees.

North Central Texas College Math fee

A fee collected for students enrolled in NCTM math courses through North Central Texas College which pays for UNT instruction.

International Student Health Insurance fee

Health insurance is required for international students and will be assessed automatically at the time of registration for classes. For further information, please contact the UNT Student Health and Wellness Center.

Optional Practical Training fee

All F-1 international students who choose to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), will be required to pay the OPT Case Management Fee. This fee is separate from the USCIS application fee. This fee will be used to subsidize the costs associated with the mandatory case management for students on Optional Practical Training after graduation.

College of Business Graduate Program Fee – Master’s

College of Business master’s students are charged a Master’s Program Fee. The fee is a flat $500.00 per semester. The purpose of the fee is to provide enhanced support services to College of Business master’s students.

College of Information PhD Learning Technology online distance delivered students

This program is a cohort based program consisting of up to seven semesters (including summer). These students are charged a Distance Delivered Fee. The fee is $892.00 per course. The purpose of the fee is to provide enhanced support services. (Effective Summer 2016)

Executive MS in Computer Science – New College at Frisco

Students enrolled in the Executive MS in Computer Science at the New College at Frisco are charged a program fee of $523.00 per semester credit hour. The purpose of the fee is to provide specialized program costs and support services for the Executive Master’s students at the Frisco Campus. (Effective Fall 2017)

Out-Of-State-Teaching Fee (OSTF)

Non-resident students living outside of Texas while taking UNT courses (typically online) are charged an Out-of-State Teaching Fee in lieu of tuition and instructional fees.  This fee must cover the cost of instruction and is set by each academic department annually. The OSTF rates (per semester credit hour) effective for Fall 2016-Summer 2017 can be found at http://studentaccounting.unt.edu/explanation-fees.

* The following fees are waived if students are only enrolled in courses at locations other than the Denton campus: Property Deposit, Medical Service Fee, Student Union Fee, Recreational Facility Fee, Transportation Fee, Environmental Services Fee and Intercollegiate Athletics Fee.

Option to pay tuition by installment

The Texas Legislature has the authority to modify or eliminate installment payment of tuition at each regular or called legislative session.

UNT provides for the payment of tuition and fees during the fall and spring terms/semesters through the following alternatives:

  1. full payment of tuition and fees upon registration or by the payment deadline for early registration; or
  2. selection of the installment plan. By selecting the installment plan, the student understands that it is a contractual agreement and agrees to make the installment payments by the due dates indicated.

Tuition and fees must be paid in full for each summer session upon registration or by the payment deadline for early registration. Tuition payment by installment is not offered during the summer.

Non-refundable fees for tuition by installment

Handling fee: $20.00

A $20.00 non-refundable handling fee will be charged to the student’s account each semester the installment plan is selected.

A student who fails to make payment of tuition and fees (including any incidental fees) by the due date may be prohibited from registering for classes until full payment is made. A student who fails to make payment prior to the end of the semester/session may be denied credit for the work done that semester/session.

See the online schedule of classes at studentaccounting.unt.edu for procedures and policies concerning installment payment of tuition.

Tuition and fee payments

Credit card payments (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover) and check payments may be made through self-service at my.unt.edu. Credit and debit card payments are assessed an additional 2.7% service fee to cover the processing cost for the payment. Electronic checks are accepted with no additional fee.

Tuition and fee payments also may be made by personal check, money order, cashier’s check or cash at the Eagle Student Services Center. Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services requires the student identification number to be recorded on all check and money order payments made in person.

Bills are not mailed for registration. Account balances and schedule information may be obtained through self-service at my.unt.edu.

Cash payments

Cash payments are accepted at Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services in the Eagle Student Services Center. Please do not mail cash payments.

Tuition and fee policies

Tuition covers undergraduate and graduate work. Tuition and the various fees provide limited health services and admission to university-sponsored fine arts and athletic events. Instructional fees, materials fees and private instruction fees are additional. Students must purchase their own textbooks and supplies.

Fees charged for late registration, graduation and regalia, late filing for graduation and miscellaneous items are noted at studentaccounting.unt.edu.

Student financial obligation agreement

Each semester, prior to registering for classes, a student is required to accept the Student Financial Obligation Agreement. For additional information, go to studentaccounting.unt.edu.

Residency regulations for tuition purposes

Rules and regulations for determining residence status are specified under Title 19, part 1, chapter 21, subchapter B of the Texas Education Code and are available at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, College for All Texans web site at www.collegeforalltexans.com. In general, students must domicile and physically reside in Texas for the 12-month period immediately preceding their initial registration in an educational institution in Texas. Other factors may be considered for residency determination for tuition.

Students who are not legal residents of Texas must pay nonresident tuition, including the statutory tuition charges and standard university fees approved by the Board of Regents. Admission requirements for nonresidents are the same as for resident students.

Certain residency exceptions do not affect actual residency status but do allow for a nonresident tuition exemption. Refer to “Tuition and Fee Waivers/Exemptions” below for further information.

Responsibility of the student

The student is responsible for knowing residence status and for registering under the proper status. Any questions concerning residence must be discussed with the proper authority in the Office of Admissions and/or Registrar’s Office prior to registration.

Any student erroneously classified as a resident will be reclassified and will be required to pay all out-of-state tuition due. Attempts to evade nonresident fees may subject the student to the statute penalty and to possible disciplinary action.

Change of status nonresident to resident

A student who is at any time classified as a nonresident retains nonresident status until reclassification as a resident is applied for and is officially approved by the Registrar.

Change of status resident to nonresident

Students who are classified as residents but become nonresidents by virtue of any change of domicile must notify the Registrar of such change immediately. Students who believe they have been erroneously classified have the opportunity for appeal. The appeal is to be made to the authority by whoever assigned the original classification, either in the Office of Admissions or in the Registrar’s Office.

Tuition and fee waivers/exemptions

Several exemptions and waivers are available to qualifying students who meet the specific state requirements for each individual waiver or exemption. Brief descriptions of these are listed below. Waiver/exemptions refunds must be requested during the term/semester application is made. Such requests must be made prior to the 12th class day in long terms/semesters, the 4th class day in summer sessions (except 3W1) and the 2nd class day in 3W1 (three-week one). Requests for retroactive refunds will not be honored. Information regarding waivers and exemptions is available at Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services or at studentaccounting.unt.edu. Posted waivers/exemptions are subject to post audit and correction.

Information on tuition waivers and exemptions for qualified veterans are available online at studentaccounting.unt.edu or at Student Veteran Services, General Academic Building, Room 102.

Exemptions and waivers

For complete list, please see https://studentaccounting.unt.edu/waivers-and-exemptions.

Tuition and fee refunds

A student who drops a course or withdraws from the university within certain time periods may be entitled to a partial refund of tuition and fees. These refunds are calculated according to the category and time schedule listed at https://studentaccounting.unt.edu/class-drop-and-withdrawal-refunds. Refund periods and rates are subject to change by the state legislature. Delinquent payment fees, late registration charges, publication fees and installment handling fees are non-refundable. Any financial obligation to UNT must be resolved before any refunds will be made.

Class drop refunds

Refunds are made for any course dropped through the 12th class day for the long term/semester; corresponding dates are set for summer terms/sessions. See the academic calendar at www.unt.edu/catalog/calendar.htm for specific dates. The semester’s first class day is always the first official university day of classes and not the first day of an individual’s class.

Note: If all classes for the term/semester are dropped, see “Schedule of Withdrawal Refunds.”

Students applying for financial aid are required to notify Student Financial Aid and Scholarships before dropping any class to learn how it will affect current or future financial aid eligibility.

Withdrawal from the university

Withdrawal refunds are determined by the number of enrolled semester credit hours at the time of withdrawal. Withdrawal percentages are applied to the total amount of tuition and fees as prescribed by state law, not the amount paid. The withdrawal schedule and percentages of refund shown below pertain to total withdrawal from the term/semester and are mandated by the state legislature. The term/semester’s first class day is always the first official university day of classes and not the first day the individual attends class. A withdrawal refund is based on the day of withdrawal, regardless of the date the class first meets.

Additional information may be found online at studentaccounting.unt.edu or by contacting Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services.

The withdrawal schedule and percentage of a pro-rata refund pertain to total withdrawal from the term/semester and are mandated by federal law. Please contact Student Financial Aid and Scholarships regarding pro-rata refund schedules and percentages.

Schedule of withdrawal refunds, 2017–2018

Please see: https://studentaccounting.unt.edu/class-drop-and-withdrawal-refunds.

Note: Some fees are non-refundable.

Delinquent payment fees, late registration charges, publication fees, and the installment handling fee are non-refundable.

Refund of property damage deposit

Each student who enrolls pays a property damage deposit that is refundable on request upon final withdrawal or graduation provided that money is not owed to the university.

Room and board

Room and board fees are subject to increase and decrease by action of the Texas Legislature and/or the UNT Board of Regents.

Room and board charges are assessed on the Student Accounting bill and available through self-service at my.unt.edu. All charges are deducted from any financial aid payments before refunds are issued.

General financial policies

UNT is a state-assisted institution subject to state laws. Extension of credit is prohibited and all financial obligations to the university must be paid when due. Tuition, fees, and room and board are subject to change by action of the Texas Legislature or the UNT Board of Regents.

Correction of errors

Students are responsible for any additional amounts due UNT resulting from auditing and correction of records after registration fees have been paid including all registration assessment errors, change from off-campus to on-campus classes, invalid employment waivers, etc.

Payments by third party

Checks issued by a third party in payment of a student’s tuition, fees or other charges made by UNT should be made payable to UNT. The student’s name and/or student ID number should be included on the payment.

Returned checks

A returned check is defined as any check, similar sight order, or electronic bank draft returned to the university unpaid due to no fault of the bank or the university.

Upon receipt of a returned check, notification is mailed to the issuing party or the individual in whose behalf the check was issued. The address on the check and/or the address in the official university records is used. The check is payable on or before 10 working days from the date of the notice. Only cash, cashier’s check or money order is accepted for payment of the returned check and service charge ($25 per check).

A student may be withdrawn immediately from the university if payment is not made within the stated time period. Do not stop attending classes unless you receive official notification of your withdrawal. Notification of withdrawal is made to the address on the check and/or the address in the official university records.

Check issuing privileges and online payment options are suspended while any returned check and/or service charges are outstanding.

If the university receives three or more returned checks during an academic year, the check-issuing privileges of the individual are revoked.

If all attempts to collect a returned check have failed, a student may be dismissed from UNT and civil or criminal legal action may be taken in accordance with Texas state law (Sections 31.06 and 32.41 of the Texas Penal Code).

Stop-payment on tuition checks

A student who has not already done so will be withdrawn from UNT on the date the returned stop-payment check is received by UNT. A returned check service charge ($25 per check) will be assessed. Tuition refund charges are based on normal refund policy.

If a student wishes to be withdrawn, the Dean of Students Office should always be contacted as soon as possible.

Financial assistance

Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) at the University of North Texas offers a variety of options to assist students in financing their education. For more information on financial aid and scholarships at UNT, please visit financialaid.unt.edu, come by our office in the Eagle Student Services Center, or call 940-565-2302.

Graduate fellowships and assistantships

Fellowships and assistantships are awarded annually by almost all departments of the university to qualified graduate students. The number awarded annually depends upon departmental needs for the services of such appointees. Compensation varies with the type of services rendered by the appointee, the amount of time required for performance of the duties, and individual academic qualifications and experience. Appointments and awards ordinarily are made by the departments early in the spring, to take effect at the beginning of the next academic year.

Qualified graduate students and prospective students should communicate directly with the chair of the major department to obtain information and applications. No fellowship or assistantship appointment is regarded as final until the applicant has obtained admission to the Toulouse Graduate School.

See the Toulouse Graduate School web site at gradschool.unt.edu for a listing of fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered through the Toulouse Graduate School.

Tuition Benefit Program for graduate assistants

UNT will pay some or all of the tuition for certain graduate students. Recipients must be admitted competitively to a specific graduate program awarding one of the following degrees: PhD, DMA, EdD, MA, MEd, MFA, MJ, MM or MS. Additionally, recipients must be awarded competitively a half-time assistantship position as a TA/TF, RA, or GSA and must be in academic good standing with the academic program as well as the Toulouse Graduate School. All tuition decisions must comply with UNT Policy 1.3.7 Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Non-Retaliation.  

Aid application period and deadlines

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA is available each October 1 for the upcoming UNT academic year (fall, spring, summer). Students are encouraged to apply online at www.fafsa.gov. Students whose application files are completed by the priority deadlines are ensured first consideration for awards. Application data (from the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA) is received electronically from the Central Processing System (Federal Student Aid Programs) through which applications are processed. The application data must reach our office before a file can be processed.

UNT’s Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall/spring term/semester: March 15
  • Spring term/semester only: August 15
  • Summer term/semester: February 15

A separate UNT summer application must be completed for summer financial aid. This application is available online (my.unt.edu) early in the spring term/semester for the following summer term/semester. The FAFSA for the year preceding the summer is also required.

General aid eligibility requirements

Before any assistance is granted (Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan or loans from the Federal Direct Loan Program), general eligibility and program requirements must be met. To be eligible for financial aid students must:

  • establish eligibility by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal Application;
  • not be in default on any Title IV loan (Federal Perkins, Direct PLUS, FFEL PLUS, Federal Stafford Loans [FFEL], Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan), or owe a refund or repayment on educational funds received at any institution;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen*;
  • be registered with the Selective Service if you are a male at least 18 years old born after December 31, 1959 (most males between the ages of 18 and 25, including permanent residents and other eligible noncitizens, are required to register with Selective Service);
  • enroll in and maintain at least a half-time class load;
  • use all funds received through financial aid for educational purposes;
  • be accepted for admission by the university and enrolled in a degree or certification program;
  • be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP);
  • have a valid Social Security Number;
  • have a high school diploma or a GED (general equivalency diploma); and
  • not be convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while receiving federal student aid.

Note: Visiting/transient students are not eligible for financial aid.

*Non-documented students may qualify for state assistance under Texas Senate Bill 1528. Students should visit financialaid.unt.edu for more information.

Special conditions for financial aid recipients

Enrollment

Students in an academic program under the graduate career (major or concentration) are required to enroll in at least 5 graduate hours per term/semester to be considered for financial aid programs.

Financial aid recipients must notify Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) before dropping courses. Current award year or future aid eligibility may be affected.

Enrollment hours for financial aid eligibility and loan deferment may differ. Students needing certification of enrollment for loan deferment purposes should visit the UNT Registrar’s Office. Also see Enrollment Certification ” in the Enrollment section of this catalog.

Official Withdrawal from UNT

If a student has registered for classes and decides not to attend UNT, he or she must notify both Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) and the Dean of Students Office as early as possible.

If circumstances require that the student withdraw from all classes, SFAS strongly encourages the student to contact his or her academic advisor and Student Financial Aid and Scholarships before making the final decision. The consequences of withdrawing from all classes can be explained and clearly illustrated.

If the student has already made the decision to withdraw, he or she must begin the withdrawal process with UNT’s Dean of Students Office. For online information on how to drop a course or withdraw from UNT, including official dates and deadlines, please visit the UNT Registrar’s Office’s Schedule of Classes.

If a student officially withdraws, ceases attendance, or is administratively withdrawn from UNT, federal regulations require post-secondary institutions to calculate the amount of Federal Title IV funds (aid) earned during the term from which the student withdrew. Factors considered in this federally mandated calculation include: number of days in the payment period, date of withdrawal/number of calendar days the student attends before total withdrawal as determined by SFAS (excluding scheduled breaks of at least 5 days in length), the total amount of Title IV aid eligibility, tuition and fee charges, on-campus room and board charges (if applicable), and class attendance.

The percentage of time spent in attendance is the percentage of federal funds the student has earned. Other funds received are unearned.

After Student Financial Aid and Scholarships personnel applies the federally mandated calculation, unearned Federal Title IV funds (aid) will be returned to the programs from which the money was paid to the student (or parent) in the following order:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loans

  • Federal Perkins Loans

  • Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans

  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans

  • Federal Pell Grants

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

  • Iraq Afghanistan Service Grants

It is possible the student will owe a repayment of unearned financial aid funds to the university if he or she ceases attendance prior to the sixty percent (60%) completion point of any payment period for which the student has received financial aid funds. The completion point is based on the total number of class days in a payment period. If it is determined that the student owes a repayment of funds, he or she will receive notification from SFAS. The student can also check the balance owed through the myUNT student portal. Students who owe a balance to UNT from a previous academic year will not be disbursed aid until the balance owed is paid. Official transcripts are not released to any student who has an unpaid account or has defaulted on loans received from any university.

Summer term official withdrawal from UNT

For Title IV (Federal Aid) purposes, a student who has enrolled in a session(s) offered in the summer term/semester and does not complete the session(s) in which the student was enrolled is considered to have withdrawn and a Return to Title IV calculation (R2T4) will be completed. Students will not be considered to have withdrawn for the summer term/semester if:

  • The student gives the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office at UNT written confirmation that they will attend a session that begins later in the summer term/semester. The written confirmation must be provided at the time that would otherwise have been a withdrawal.

That student may change the date of their attendance in a later session than originally indicated, provided that: 

  • The later session begins in the summer term/semester;

  • The student makes the change in writing prior to the date they had previously confirmed.

If the student does not attend the later session(s), the date of withdrawal from the previous session will be used as the official withdrawal date to determine the amount of Title IV (Federal) aid to be returned to the U.S. Department of Education (R2T4 calculation).

Basic calculation example
  • Payment period is 113 calendar days. Student attends and participates in academically related activities for 54 days and then withdraws.

  • Student stayed 47.8 percent of the number of payment period days. 52.2 percent was unearned.

  • Student tuition and fees for payment period totaled $547.20.

  • Federal Title IV funds (aid) disbursed to the student during payment period

    • $1,312.00 Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

    • $1,562.00 Federal Pell Grant

    • $2,874 total 47.8 percent equals $1,373.77 earned aid

  • Since earned aid is less than disbursed aid, funds must be returned to the programs from which they were paid to the student (or parent).

  • $2,874 disbursed aid minus $1,373.77 earned aid equals $1,500.23 unearned aid.

  • It is assumed by regulations that Federal Title IV funds (aid) paid for institutional charges (tuition/fees and room/board if applicable).

  • The school pays the lesser of the total unearned ($1,500.23) aid or the unearned institutional charges $547.20 multiplied by 52.2 percent equals $285.64

  • The college must return $285.64 to the lender since the loan funds are returned before grant funds and the school pays its share first.

  • Once the school repays its unearned share ($285.64), the remaining unearned share ($1,214.59) must be returned (repaid) by the student.

  • Of the remaining loan amount to be paid ($1,026.36), the student by regulation will repay the usual monthly repayment by the terms of the loan promissory note. Therefore, there is no immediate repayment of loan funds to the lender.

  • The remaining amount of the student’s unearned share ($1,214.59 minus $1,026) is $188.23; however, by regulation, 50 percent of all Federal Title IV grant aid disbursed plus Federal Title IV grant aid awarded that could have been disbursed is protected. In this example, the Federal Title IV grant aid awarded was $1,562 in Federal Pell Grant and it was all disbursed. Therefore, $1,562 multiplied by 50 percent equals $781 is protected.

If circumstances allow the student to remain in school past the sixty percent (60%) completion point of any payment period, then there is a definite advantage. No calculations are required for students who attend past the 60 percent completion point. There will however be other consequences to consider. Withdrawing from classes will affect future eligibility for financial aid and possibly affect future scholarship disbursements. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to maintain eligibility for financial aid as defined by Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Students who do not officially withdraw through the UNT Dean of Students Office/cease attending class are also subject to the federally mandated calculation described above. If the student’s last date of attendance in an academically related activity is unknown to the school, then the student’s last date of attendance used in the federally mandated calculation will be the midpoint of the payment period.

Financial aid is awarded to students with the expectation that they will attend classes for the entire payment period and that they will make progress toward a degree. If the student receives all failing grades (any combination of Fs, WFs and NPs), SFAS is required to calculate the amount of Federal Title IV funds (aid) earned during the term in which all failing grades were received. The student will be required to have at least one of the student’s instructors e-mail SFAS the student’s last date of attendance in an academically related activity. If the instructor provides SFAS with the student’s last date of attendance by the prescribed deadline, then SFAS will use this date as the student’s withdrawal date in the federally mandated calculation described above. If the student’s last date of attendance in an academically related activity is unknown to the school by the prescribed deadline, then the student’s last date of attendance used in the federally mandated calculation will be the midpoint of the payment period or the equivalent date for summer sessions of enrollment.

If it is determined that the student never attended any of the classes for which the student (or parent) was paid, then the funds (aid) are considered to have not been earned. As a result, all funds (aid) will be canceled and returned to the programs from which they were awarded. The student will then owe a complete repayment to the university.

For full policy information, please view consumer information for return of Title IV funds.

Unofficial Withdrawal from UNT

Unofficial withdrawals encompass all other withdrawals where official notification is not provided to UNT. When a recipient of Title IV (Federal) grant or loan assistance unofficially withdraws from an institution, after having begun class attendance during a payment period or period of enrollment, the institution must determine the amount of Title IV (Federal) grant or loan assistance that the student earned up to the date of withdrawal. For these unofficial withdrawals, commonly known as dropouts, the withdrawal date is the midpoint of the payment period or the equivalent date for summer sessions of enrollment, as applicable, or the last date of an academically related activity in which the student participated.

If a student who began attendance, does not officially withdraw, and subsequently fails to earn a passing grade in at least one course offered over an entire period, the institution must assume, for Title IV purposes, that the student has unofficially withdrawn, unless the institution can document that the student completed the enrollment.

If a student receives Title IV (Federal) grant or loan assistance and does not begin attendance in a payment period or period of enrollment, the student is considered to be ineligible for any Title IV aid.

Unofficially withdrawing from classes, not beginning attendance or failing to complete and pass registered hours may affect future eligibility for financial aid. Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements must be met to maintain eligibility for financial aid as defined by Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal and state regulations require that each student maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to be eligible for financial aid programs. Minimum standards must be achieved by the end of any given enrollment period at UNT. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is defined in both pace of progression and qualitative measures. Students must successfully complete at least 67% of cumulative attempted credit hours to be meeting the pace of progression requirements. Pace is measured by dividing the cumulative number of hours successfully completed by the cumulative number of hours attempted.

The minimum cumulative UNT grade point average for graduate students is 2.67 for the first term of enrollment and a 3.0 for all subsequent terms/semesters.

The qualitative measure requires a graduate student to maintain a minimum cumulative UNT grade point average of 3.0.

Maximum Hour Limit

Graduate students have a maximum time frame to receive financial aid funds based on their program of study.

All academic requirements are effective whether or not financial aid has ever been applied for or received. Students should visit financialaid.unt.edu for the latest information regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and the appeal process.

Minimum Hour Limit

Students in an academic program under the graduate career (major or concentration) are required to enroll in at least 5 graduate hours per term/semester to be considered for financial aid programs.

Failing Grades

If a student receives all failing grades (any combination Fs, WFs and NPs), attendance in all classes will be reviewed. If attendance cannot be confirmed via official UNT Registrar records, or the last day the student participated in an academically related activity cannot be documented, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) personnel will apply the federally mandated calculation for the return of financial aid funds. Unearned Title IV funds (aid) will be returned to the programs from which the money was paid to the student and it is possible that the student will owe a repayment to the university.

Grant Programs

A grant is a type of need-based aid that does not require payment. Financial need is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

At UNT, the only application needed annually to be considered for federal, state and institutional aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, eligibility for a grant program does not guarantee an award. Applicants are considered based on the date of their application while considering the FAFSA-determined Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The earliest applicants with a completed award file have the best opportunity to be considered for available grant funding. We encourage students to apply early making sure to complete any requests made for additional information so awards can be finalized.

For descriptions, amounts and eligibility requirements of federal, state and institutional grants offered at UNT, please visit financialaid.unt.edu.

Benefits for Veterans

Students who have served in the military or who are currently serving or dependents/spouses of our veterans may be eligible to receive benefits from the federal Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). To find out what you may be entitled to receive, veterans will want to fill out and submit the VA online application at www.gibill.va.gov.

Current Educational Programs:

  • Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606)

  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)

  • Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30)

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

  • Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

VA Certifying Officials at UNT are located in the General Academic Building, Room 102 and can be reached at 940-369-8021. Veterans or dependents/spouses who have questions concerning the administration of benefits should contact the Regional VA Office at 1-888-442-4551.

Hazelwood Act for Texas Veterans

Information on tuition waivers and exemptions for qualified veterans is available online at www.unt.edu/tuition or at Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services, first floor, Eagle Student Services Center.

Employment

Federal Work-Study Program

Eligibility for the Federal Work-Study Program is determined by established financial need, availability of monies to make awards, at least half-time enrollment, and maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards as defined by Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Students awarded Federal Work-Study are eligible to earn the financial aid amount through a work-study job. Students may begin the job search process by visiting the Career Center web site at careercenter.unt.edu. Most positions require 15–20 hours of work per week. Students apply directly to the department with the open position listed on the web site. The employing department will select students for interviews based on availability of funds, applicant’s skills, educational background and interest. Eligibility must be confirmed each term/semester to continue in the Federal Work-Study Program.

Career Center

The Career Center, located in Chestnut Hall, Room 103, provides a variety of employment opportunities on and off campus to currently enrolled students in order to help them offset their college expenses and develop good employment records. For information, call 940-565-2105 or e-mail careercenter@unt.edu. Information regarding on- and off-campus jobs can be accessed on each student’s my.unt.edu web site. Just click on the Eagle Network icon in the middle of the page and use your EUID and password.

Loan programs

Federal Perkins Student Loan

The Federal Perkins Student Loan provides low-interest loans to assist needy students with educational expenses. Awards are based upon available funds, established financial need, cost of attendance, at least half-time enrollment, and maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards as defined by Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS). Annual and aggregate limits are imposed based upon undergraduate and graduate career statuses.

Repayment begins nine months after graduation or the last day of at least half-time enrollment.

Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans

Federal Direct Subsidized Loans are awarded based upon established financial need, cost of attendance, at least half-time enrollment, and maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards as defined by Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS). Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Parent PLUS Loan for undergraduate students and Federal Grad PLUS for graduate students are awarded based on the same terms and conditions with the exceptions of demonstrating financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted before an award will be determined. Maximum and aggregate limits are imposed based upon classification and dependency status.

Repayment begins six months after graduation or the last day of at least half-time enrollment.

*Effective Fall 2012, graduate and professional students are no longer eligible to receive subsidized loans.

Scholarships

The University of North Texas offers competitive academic scholarships to new and continuing graduate students. Many students compete for scholarships, which are awarded on merit and on a first-come, first-served basis to students enrolling in the fall term. We recommend students apply to UNT as early as possible.

The availability of all scholarship funding is affected by many factors such as the state’s economy and the stock market’s performance. The office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) coordinates all scholarship awards once they have been awarded.

The majority of scholarships for new and continuing graduate students are awarded through Toulouse Graduate School, and other academic departments. Check with the department of your major for additional scholarship opportunities.

Entering and continuing graduate students may apply for number of scholarships through the SFAS annual online General Scholarship Application. These scholarship awards are funded by donors that request SFAS administer their scholarships. The application is available annually in late fall. Students are encouraged to complete the application as early as possible. Applicants must use their campus credentials assigned during the admission process (active EUID and password) to submit an application.

We encourage you to visit the UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships web site for the most up-to-date scholarship details at scholarships.unt.edu.