Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of frequently asked questions and answers related to the application, eligibility and deadlines for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program at the University of North Texas. You can also see answers to more admissions, financial aid, registration and student accounting questions or ask your own at AskUNT.

Application

Do I have to fill out an application?

No. You will be identified through your completed FAFSA application and your UNT admissions' application; therefore, you must submit your UNT admissions' file (this includes UNT admissions' application and SAT/ACT scores) by March 1, and a completed FAFSA application by March 15, . Admission into the program is not guaranteed as spaces are limited.

Eligibility

If I am an independent student, am I eligible for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program?

Yes, you are eligible for the program as long as you are considered to be a new entering freshman in the fall immediately following your January - August high school graduation and you meet all other eligibility requirements. (Transfer students are not eligible.)

Is there an age limit for Emerald Eagle Scholars?

No, there isn't an age limit. You must be a new/first - time freshman in the fall immediately following your January - August high school graduation.

Can I petition for a Dependency Override to be considered for Emerald Eagle Scholars?

Yes, if your dependency status changes, you will be considered for the program. You must have met all eligibility requirements including filing your initial FAFSA before the March 15th deadline.

I'm a non - Texas resident who is eligible to pay in - state tuition. Am I eligible for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program?

No. Only Texas residents are eligible for the program at this time. Even if you do not meet an Emerald Eagle Scholars program requirement, you will still be considered for grants, college work study and loans. In addition, you can seek assistance from the same support services (the Learning Center, TRIO, Student Money Management Center, etc.) that are available to Emerald Eagle Scholars.

Will I be eligible for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program if I begin my coursework at UNT the summer immediately after my high school graduation?

Yes; however, benefits of the program will not begin until the fall semester/term.

Will I be eligible for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program if I begin my coursework at UNT the spring after my high school graduation?

No. Currently, the program is available to only new/first time freshmen beginning their studies in a fall semester/term. You must be a new/first - time freshman in the fall immediately following your January - August high school graduation. Even if you do not meet an Emerald Eagle Scholars program requirement, you will still be considered for grants, college work study and loans. In addition, you will be able to seek assistance from the same support services (the Learning Center, TRIO, Student Money Management Center, etc.) that are available to Emerald Eagle Scholars.

What is the income cutoff for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program?

To be eligible your initial year, you must be a member of a family whose adjusted gross income does not exceed $40,000. You must also meet all other eligibility requirements to be considered for this program including being eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.

If my parents are divorced and one household income is less than $40,000, should I use that parent's information on my FAFSA to be considered for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program?

The FAFSA states: If your parents are divorced or separated, answer the questions about the parent you lived with more during the past 12 months. If you did not live with one parent more than the other, give answers about the parent who provided more financial support during the past 12 months or during the most recent year that you actually received support from a parent. If this parent is remarried as of today, answer the questions about that parent and your step - parent.

How does dual credit affect my eligibility for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program?

If you will be coming to UNT with dual credit, you will be considered for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program as long as you are considered to be a new entering freshman in the fall immediately following your January - August high school graduation and you meet all other eligibility requirements. (Transfer students are not eligible.)

How do College - Level Examination program (CLEP) hours affect my eligibility for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program?

If you have earned CLEP hours, you will be considered for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program as long as you are considered to be a new student in the fall immediately following your January - August high school graduation. (Transfer students are not eligible.)

Will I be eligible to receive the Emerald Eagle Scholars program grant if I do not register for 15 semester credit hours in the fall or the spring?

No. The program grant will be withheld if you have not registered for at least 15 semester credit hours for a given fall or spring term.

Will I be eligible to receive the Emerald Eagle Scholars program grant if I have not earned at least a 2.5 GPA by the end of the school year?

No. The program grant will be withheld if you do not earn at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in UNT coursework over the course of the fall, spring and summer semesters and before the start of a new school year.

Deadlines 

What if I missed the financial aid and admission deadlines?

If you submitted your admissions file after March 1, or FAFSA after March 15, you should not expect to be selected as an Emerald Eagle Scholar. Even if you do not meet an Emerald Eagle Scholars program requirement, you will still be considered for grants, college work study and loans. In addition, you will be able to seek assistance from the same support services (the Learning Center, TRIO, Student Money Management Center, etc.) that are available to Emerald Eagle Scholars.

If I submitted my FAFSA to the Federal Processor by March 15th but UNT Admissions did not receive my completed admissions file by March 1st, will I still be considered for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program?

If the UNT Admissions office receives your completed admissions file after March 1st, then you should not expect to be selected as an Emerald Eagle Scholar. A completed admissions file includes a UNT admissions application, unofficial transcript, and SAT/ACT test scores. Even if you do not meet an Emerald Eagle Scholars program requirement, you will still be considered for grants, college work study and loans. In addition, you will be able to seek assistance from the same support services (the Learning Center, TRIO, Student Money Management Center, etc.) that are available to Emerald Eagle Scholars.