Scholarships and Financial Aid Opportunities

UIW is committed to providing educational opportunities to students from all backgrounds—regardless of financial means. 99 percent of UIW students receive some form of financial assistance, and there are thousands of grants and scholarships available to students of all majors.

  • 99% of our full-time, first-time in college students receive some type of grant/scholarship aid, with an average amount awarded of $18,140.00
  • About $96 million is awarded each year

Visit the website for the Office of Financial Assistance.

Note: These scholarships are for first-time transfer, first bachelor's degree, main campus, and full-time students only. For a full list of scholarship opportunities at UIW, visit the Scholarship Resources page.

Freshman Scholarships

First-time freshman students are automatically considered for academic scholarships as part of their application. These scholarships are awarded based on high school GPA. 

Freshman Academic Scholarships range between $5,000 - $20,000 per year, and are renewable for up to four years. 

Freshman Academic Scholarships
Scholarship Amount
Presidential Scholarship $20,000 per year
Provost Scholarship $15,000 per year
Dean's Scholarship $12,000 per year
Distinguished Scholarship $8,000 per year
UIW Achievement Award $5,000 per year

For Summer and Fall 2021 Freshman Scholarships, click here

UIW offers an additional $2,000 per year scholarship for any student graduating from a Catholic high school. There is not a separate application for this award. Accepted students from Catholic high schools will automatically receive the scholarship.

Transfer Scholarships

Transfer students who are completing their first undergraduate degree and who have completed at least 24 credit hours at an accredited university are automatically considered for academic scholarships as part of their application. These scholarships are awarded based on GPA. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate coursework.

Transfer Academic scholarships, effective Fall 2021, range between $10-15,000 per year, and are renewable for up to four years. See the Transfer Scholarship PDF document here.

Transfer Academic scholarships
Scholarship Dollar Amount GPA Range
Presidential Scholarship $15,000 3.5+
Dean's Scholarship $12,000 2.9 - 3.49
Distinguished Scholarship $10,000 2.5 - 2.89

Each Phi Theta Kappa member from an accredited 2-year institution will be awarded $2,000 per year. Recipient must be a current member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher. Recipients will need to present their certificate to be awarded.

Students pursuing their first bachelor's degree, with most recent 24 credit hours from Alamo Colleges and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, will be awarded $2,000 per year.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

UIW offers a discount to families with multiple dependent siblings from the same household attending UIW. Only siblings who are simultaneously enrolled as full-time undergraduate students on the Main Campus may apply.

  • Deadline: Aug. 26, 2019 to be considered for Fall 2019/Spring 2020 or Jan. 13, 2020 to be considered for Spring 2020 only.

Students interested in ROTC scholarships should visit the ROTC website for more information on the program, scholarships and requirements.

Students interested in performing and fine arts scholarships should contact the designated department for information on auditions and performance dates.

Fine Arts scholarships
Department Contact Person Phone Number Website
Fine Arts Miguel Cortinas 210-829-3861 View Art scholarships
Marching Band Brett Richardson 210-829-3855 View Band scholarships
Music Bill Gokelman 210-829-3855 View Music scholarships
Theatre Mark Stringham 210-829-3805 View Theatre scholarships

UIW competes in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. Scholarships are available and awarded by the coaches of each sport. For information on athletic scholarships, contact the Athletic Office at (210) 829-2722 or visit the Athletics Homepage.

Program Overview

The Cardinal Chemistry Scholars (C2S) Program includes scholarship money and support systems to help students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry complete their degree and then either find a job or get into a chemistry or biochemistry graduate program (master's or doctorate). Participating students will receive up to $10,000 a year in scholarship money and enroll in a 1-credit seminar course each semester until they graduate. The seminar course will include peer mentoring, career development, academic support, and activities such as visits to companies and scientific conferences.

View program requirements and more information.

Freshman and transfer students are both encouraged to apply for external scholarships in addition to any UIW awards they receive. Many organizations offer scholarships, and there are many free search engines that students can use to find these opportunities. See a list of these search engines, as well as some currently available scholarships.

Additional Financial Aid Resources

Students who submit the FAFSA may be qualified for subsidized or unsubsidized Stafford loans, or parent plus loans. For more information on each loan type, visit our Financial Aid page.

Direct Subsidized Loans are for students with financial need. The school will review the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and determine the amount a student can borrow. Students are not charged interest while in school at least half-time and during grace periods and deferment periods.

Students are not required to demonstrate financial need to receive a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Like subsidized loans, the school will determine the amount a student can borrow. Interest accrue (accumulates) on an unsubsidized loan from the time it is first paid out. Students can pay the interest while in school and during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, or students can allow it to accrue and be capitalized (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan). If students choose not to pay the interest as it accrues, this will increase the total amount that must be repaid because the student will be charged interest on a higher principal amount.

  • Up to $10,000 per year in scholarship support
  • Excellent career development opportunities
  • Personalized mentoring from peers and faculty
  • Travel to scientific conferences
  • Assistance obtaining research opportunities, admission to graduate programs, and employment
  • Reserved registration for select chemistry courses

Parents of dependent students may apply for a Direct PLUS Loan to help pay their child's education expenses as long as certain eligibility requirements are met.

Grants are funds that are not repaid and are funded by federal, state or university sources. Grants are awarded based on need. Funding is available on a first come, first served basis.

Eligibility is based on the FAFSA and is determined by the U.S. Department of Education. Students attending full-time (12-18 hours) or half-time (6-11 hours) are eligible.

The SEOG is available on a limited basis to full time (12-18 hours) students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

Available to full-time (12-18 hours) undergraduate students who have financial need. Eligibility is based on the FAFSA.

All students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for university scholarships, external scholarships, grants, and student loans.

Students may begin applying beginning October 1, and must submit the FAFSA each year. The electronic FAFSA process takes 3-5 business days.

In addition to submitting the FAFSA, students must have submitted an application and been accepted to the university in order to see which awards they will qualify for.

Note: Recent change to the FAFSA make it easier for families to submit their applications sooner. Families may now submit the FAFSA beginning October 1 instead of January 1, and will use tax return information from two years prior. This means that families will no longer have to wait until they have filed their income taxes to file their FAFSA.

Example: Students filling out a FAFSA for the 2017-2016 school year will use 2015 tax returns.

Tuition for the University of the Incarnate Word is the same for domestic, Texas residents, and international students. Students who are not eligible to submit FAFSA may instead submit the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

UIW's Veteran's Affairs office can answer any questions on benefit types and how to apply. Visit the Veteran's Affairs webpage or contact them at (210) 832-2154 /

UIW offers students a Tuition Payment Plan option, which allows students to divide payments into installments. It is the responsibility of the student to enroll in a payment plan each semester. Enrollment into this plan may include an enrollment fee. Payment plans are set up through the Business Office.

Curious to see what financial aid you might qualify for? Try this scholarship calculator. You can also use our Estimated Cost Worksheet to determine what your costs might be.

Feeling in over your head or aren't sure where to begin? Let our admissions counselors help! You can make an appointment with an admissions counselor to review your financial aid awards, learn about different types of aid, and learn how to apply for scholarships. We accept walk-ins and appointments. Contact the Office of Admissions with any questions at (210) 829-6005, (800) 749-WORD, or