Financial Assistance

The University of the Incarnate Word Office of Financial Assistance has a proven history of making the University experience accessible for students of all economic backgrounds. Students selecting our small class environment, personalized instruction, and quality academic programs are making a lifetime investment. The University is committed to helping students fund their decision to attend the University of the Incarnate Word through grants, scholarships, work opportunities, and loan assistance.

The primary purpose of student financial assistance is to provide resources to students who would otherwise be unable to pursue a post-secondary education. Financial assistance programs are designed to supplement a family’s efforts to meet educational costs. The financial assistance philosophy at the University is to meet the direct costs or financial need of all eligible students until funds are exhausted.

To be considered for most types of financial assistance at the University of the Incarnate Word, students must complete their financial assistance file each year. A completed file includes a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any other documents required by the federal or state government. A student must also be accepted by the University and enrolled in a degree-seeking program. (NOTE: Gift assistance is NOT available to second-degree seeking students.) In most cases, only students who are citizens or eligible non-citizens can apply for financial assistance.

Students applying for financial assistance are considered for all programs for which they are eligible, including federal, state, and institutional programs. Financial assistance is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Therefore, it is important to begin the application process as early as possible. Copies of the FAFSA and the UIW Student Information Form may be obtained from the Office of Financial Assistance. (NOTE: There is an April 1 priority deadline every year for early awarding when gift funds are at their optimal level.)