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The HSI-STEM is a specific part of the UTPB Falcon Free Program created to cover tuition and mandatory fees for Hispanic undergraduates majoring in a STEM field. The University of Texas Permian Basin is the premier higher education institution in the region, supporting local industry and developing the workforce. 

Qualifying STEM Majors

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology 
  • Geology 
  • Computer Science 
  • Information Systems 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Petroleum Engineering 
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Nursing 
  • Kinesiology 
  • Industrial Technology 


In order to be eligible, you must be a US citizen, admitted to one of the UTPB programs listed above, and complete the FAFSA by July 15. Funding is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis through a combination of federal, state, and institutional funds.

*Examples of funds used to meet the Falcon Free program include, but are not limited to: Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, TEXAS Grant, tuition waiver/exemptions, institutional scholarships, etc. The Falcon Free program does not cover room/board, course-related fees, books, supplies, or miscellaneous expenses. 

 This guarantee is subject to change without notice based on the annual funding levels provided to the university by the federal and state education agencies. 

You Can Afford UTPB!

UT Permian Basin has many opportunities for you to earn your degree with little (or no) debt!