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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Cougar hand signNeed help paying for college?

Thanks to generous donors, the University of Houston College of Education offers numerous scholarships for our current undergraduate and graduate students, with some scholarships available to incoming freshmen. To begin the process, we encourage all students to:

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Undocumented students may complete the TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid).
  • Explore financial aid options offered through UH for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Apply for College of Education scholarships (details below).

College of Education Scholarships

Key dates

  • The scholarship application for fall 2020 - spring 2021 has closed as of Feb. 17, 2020. Applicants will be notified if they received a scholarship the week of April 6-10, 2020.
  • Dates for the fall 2021 – spring 2022 scholarship application period will be published by fall 2020.

Application process (The application is currently closed)

  • All application information is submitted online.
  • The application includes questions about your major, interests and qualifications. Applicants also must upload all required documents — a one-page narrative, resume and unofficial transcript — and provide contact information for two references.
  • Only complete applications will be considered by the Scholarship Committee.
  • After reading all instructions below, apply online. Application opens Jan. 1, 2020.

Step 1: Review

Review the list of scholarships to familiarize yourself with the GPA requirements, areas of specialization and other criteria.

scholarship2.pngStep 2: Prepare

The Scholarship Committee will review your application only for scholarships for which you meet the criteria. You only have to submit one application and upload one set of materials.

Prepare the following materials: 

  1. A written narrative (typed on one page, 12-point font, saved as a PDF document)
Answer the question: "What makes you a strong candidate for a COE scholarship?" 
  • Why did you choose your major?
  • What are your career goals and aspirations after graduation?
  • Describe how you have exhibited leadership (e.g., on class/team project, in extracurricular activities, in school clubs, in community or service organizations, etc.).

Note: Take the criteria for scholarships that apply to you into consideration in your response.

Optional supporting documents
Certain scholarships encourage additional submissions:
  • If you’re interested in the Leslie and Kim Wheless scholarship, which targets aspiring teachers, submit an essay of one page or less sharing your vision of what future students will gain in your class and how you will help them become better citizens.
  • If you’re interested in the Norman I. Kagan scholarship, submit a five-page abstract detailing the nature of your dissertation research.
  • If you’re interested in the Chiapetta scholarship, submit a statement explaining and confirming your commitment to becoming an active member of the American Chemical Society.
  • To demonstrate financial need for various scholarships, the College of Education recommends that you complete the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You will not be asked to upload documents related to FAFSA as part of the College’s scholarship process. Completing the FAFSA is a recommendation, not a requirement.
  1. References and contact information

    You will need to provide two professional references, including at least one College of Education faculty member (if you are a current enrolled COE student). Applicants interested in department-specific scholarships must submit the name of a faculty member from their department.

    On the application, you will be asked to submit each reference’s name, title, institution/organization and email address. Your references then will be emailed a link to the confidential reference form and will submit the form directly back to the Scholarship Committee.

    Please make sure you have asked your references for permission to list their name and email address. Applicants who do not have two completed references will not be eligible for a scholarship.

    Please note: Incoming freshmen are not required to submit references.
  2. A professional resume

    You will need to submit a professional resume including relevant work experience, community involvement, awards and affiliations.

    Please note: Incoming freshmen are not required to submit a professional resume.

  3. An unofficial transcript
    Current enrolled students may go online to your student account at  MyUH  and download an unofficial transcript.
    Incoming freshmen may request an unofficial transcript from their high school.

Step 3: Submit required documents via the online application

  • Answer all the questions on the online application.
  • Upload the required documents in the “Upload Documents” tab before the deadline of Feb. 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
  • All required documents must be submitted for your application to be considered complete.
  • In order to complete the application, verify your personal information and answer the questions before clicking the SUBMIT button.


Step 4: Notice of award and requirements

Applicants will be notified if they received a scholarship the week of April 6-10, 2020.

The College of Education honors scholarship recipient, donors, alumni and other supporters at the annual Star Awards event each spring. Due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the April 2020 event is cancelled. Details will be shared as future plans are finalized.

Additional Scholarships

UH Foundation Scholarships

The UH Foundation manages at least two scholarships for College of Education students. Applicants must be sophomores or above, full time (12 hours minimum) and have and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. The application is typically open in March. Visit the UH Foundation Scholarship page to apply.

Raising Texas Teachers Scholarship

UH has been selected to be part of the innovative Raising Texas Teachers initiative based on our rigorous, high-quality teacher-preparation program. As part of this initiative, prospective and current UH students who want to be teachers are eligible to apply for the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is  January 17, 2020. Visit Raising Texas Teachers to apply.