Dual Enrollment: Simultaneous enrollment at UIW and a high school or community college.
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Federal Pell Grant: A federal aid grant given by the federal government. Grants do not have to be repaid. Students apply by filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Federal Subsidized Loan: Student financial aid that is processed by a bank or university. Loans must be repaid with interest after a student graduates or leaves college. Interest on federally subsidized loans does not begin accruing until the student graduates or leaves college. Students apply by filling out the FAFSA form.
Federal Unsubsidized loan: Similar to the subsidized loan, except that payments begin and interest accrues from the time the loan is taken out by the student or parent irrespective of whether or not the student is enrolled at a college or university.
Financial Aid: Federal, state or private funds that assist a student in paying for college tuition and fees. Financial Aid comes in the forms of grants, loans and college work-study.
GED: General Education Diploma - an alternative to completing a high school diploma. Individuals who did not finish high school may qualify for admission to UIW on the basis of satisfactory scores on the Test of General Education Development (GED) and high school courses via an official transcript. Freshmen applicants out of high school for more than two years and GED recipients are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
Joint Admissions Agreement with Alamo Community College District (ACCD): This agreement will enhance the opportunities for baccalaureate degree completion for students enrolling at ACCD institutions. Qualified students applying for admission to Palo Alto, St. Philips, San Antonio, or Northwest Vista have the option of simultaneously enrolling in the University of the Incarnate Word. This agreement will facilitate transfer of community college credit to UIW and encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degree at the University. For more information contact the Office of Admissions. Students interested in being dual enrolled at San Antonio College and University of the Incarnate Word can also take courses at the Dual Enrollment Center located on 1621 N. Main. Contact (210) 223-5747 for further information.
Need Based Financial Aid: Financial aid that is awarded based on demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA and any additional verification materials requested by the Office of Financial Aid.
Non-Degree Seeking Student: Non-degree enrollment status is designed for students who wish to take courses but do not plan to pursue a degree.
If non-degree seeking, an applicant to Graduate School must submit:
Non-degree-seeking students may register for a cumulative total of no more than nine credit hours of graduate course work under the normal grading system. Students holding a master's degree who do not wish to apply for admission as degree-seeking students may register for a cumulative total of no more than 12 credit hours of graduate course work under the normal grading system. Non-degree seeking students are expected to conform to graduate standards of scholarship. In some cases, credit hours taken under a non-degree seeking status and under the normal grading system may be applied toward a degree if a student later gains admission into a graduate program. Such credits will be evaluated as though they were transfer credits from another institution and must be approved by the Program Advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
Non-degree seeking students may not be eligible for some forms of financial aid.
Official Transcript: Official record of high school and/or college courses and grades that must be received in a sealed envelope. All applications require an official high school transcript, as well as an official transcript from any college or university a student attempted or complete course work at.
Orientation: Orientation is required for Freshmen and optional for Transfer Students.
There will be a $10.00 fee per parent or family member attending orientation. This
fee is payable during the orientation check-in process. Due to safety regulations
and fire codes we ask that you limit the number of guests that are accompanying you
to orientation to 2.
Prerequisite: A course that must be in progress or completed before a student takes a more advanced course.
Registrar: A person or office within a college or university who manages class schedules
and student academic records.
Rolling Admissions: A school with rolling admissions considers each application at the time it is received. UIW operates on a Rolling Admissions cycle - with a complete application, decisions are generally made within two weeks.
Room and Board: The dollar amount that represents the combined housing and meal option
costs (on-campus) for enrolled students. Room is the cost to live in a residence hall
on campus, and Board is the cost for a meal plan on campus.
SAT: Scholastic Aptitude Test. All first year students who apply to UIW are required to submit their ACT or SAT scores. UIW does not have a preference which test a student takes nor is there a minimum test score requirement. Note: Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency in order to be considered.
Tuition: The cost of courses and fees taken at a college or university. This does not include room and board, which are separate expenses.
Work Study: Students must complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for this program. Qualified students may work up to 20 hours per week on campus in a variety of work locations and settings. Wages vary depending on the type of work. Funds are subsidized by the Federal Government.