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Free Incomed-Based Undergraduate Tuition

For families earning less than 100K

The Falcon Free Program will cover tuition and mandatory fees (for the fall and spring terms only) for first-time undergraduate, degree-seeking Texas residents with a family-adjusted gross income (AGI) that does not exceed $100,000. Students qualify annually for up to eight semesters of full-time undergraduate enrollment.  Full-time is defined as 12 hours or more each semester.

The Falcon Free Program is an annual program that starts each Fall term. Students must qualify each year for Falcon Free. Falcon Free awards are split between the fall and spring semesters. Funds are limited, therefore funds are not available for new students starting in spring and summer terms. There is no separate application for the Falcon Free programs.

Meet Requirements

  • Have a combined family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or less
  • A degree seeking student that has not completed their first Undergraduate degree
  • A Texas Resident as classified by the institution

Complete Steps

  • Apply to UT Permian Basin
  • Fill out your FAFSA/TASFA
  • Complete to-do list
  • Look for award letter
  • Accept your awards
  • Register for orientation or a full time load 

Requirements and Maintaining Eligibility

  • Review continuing requirements and renewal requirements here


Due to the simplification of the FAFSA application, there is a delay in FAFSA processing. 
When a deadline date has been determined for this program, we will update this page. 

Stay Informed

  1. Watch for emails - Watch for emails from the office of Financial Aid to make sure you don't miss important updates. 
  2. Follow UTPB Financial Aid - Follow UTPB Financial Aid on Twitter and Instagram for announcements and resources. 


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

Students may qualify for up to 8 full semesters. Many undergraduate programs can be completed in 8 semesters if students complete 30 hours per year. However, some programs require more hours or take longer to complete. Funding for additional semesters of academic work based on program requirements is possible via an appeal.

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