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In an effort to increase access to higher education, UTPB has created the Falcon Free, a plan that covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for students who have limited family resources to pay for college. The Falcon Free Program will cover tuition and mandatory fees (up to 15 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters only) for first time undergraduate degree-seeking undergraduate Texas residents that have a family adjusted gross income that does not exceed $100,000, and who are enrolled full time (12 hours or more each semester). This opportunity is provided until funding is exhausted.

Eligible students must be accepted for admission in an on-campus or online undergraduate program and have completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before July 15 to be considered for Falcon Free. Students may qualify for the program for up to eight (8) semesters of full-time undergraduate enrollment.

Students qualify for Falcon Free if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have a combined family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or less
  • Accepted for admission in an on-campus or online undergraduate program and have completed their FAFSA by July 15 for students starting in the Fall and November 15 for students starting in the Spring semester
  • Any degree-seeking student that has not completed their first undergraduate degree
  • A Texas resident according to state guidelines
  • Enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) each fall and spring semester

Falcon Free ensures tuition and mandatory fees up to 15 credit hours per semester (fall and spring semesters only) will be paid by a combination of federal, state, and institutional funds. If the combined total of these funds is greater than the tuition and mandatory fee total for the semester (up to 15 credit hours), Falcon Free has been met and no additional grant is awarded. *Examples of funds used to meet Falcon Free include, but are not limited to: Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, TEXAS Grant, tuition waiver/exemptions, institutional scholarships, etc. Falcon Free will 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.

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