Nontraditional Students

Eligible nontraditional students must qualify for nontraditional HOPE by meeting the following criteria:

  • Be at least 25 years of age and enroll at a baccalaureate program as an entering freshmen or with at least two years after last attending any postsecondary institution
  • Must have a student and spouse’s adjusted gross income of less than $36,000
  • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA after 12 attempted semester hours*


* Nontraditional students must attain the GPA requirement before they will start receiving HOPE funds. UT Promise policy requires students to be receiving HOPE funds to receive UT Promise scholarship funds. Thus, eligible nontraditional students will not be able to receive UT Promise funds until they have completed 12 hours and meet the minimum GPA requirement for nontraditional HOPE.

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We are excited to include nontraditional students in the UT Promise Scholarship Program. In order to determine eligibility, all UT Promise students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applications open October 1, 2019.

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Nontraditional students must also complete 8 volunteer service hours to remain eligible. As the UT Promise program is currently in development, we do not have application deadlines or service hour submission information for qualifying nontraditional students at this time. Please continue to monitor the website for new information.