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Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Need help paying for college?

Thanks to generous donors, the University of Houston College of Education offers numerous scholarships. 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 online for College of Education scholarships (details below).

College of Education Scholarships

Key Dates

  • Jan. 19, 2021: Application period opens at 8 a.m.
  • Feb. 28, 2021: Applications must be submitted by the 11:59 p.m. deadline.
  • April 5-9, 2021: Applicants are notified if they received a scholarship or not.
  • This application period is for funds to be disbursed in the 2021-22 academic year.

Application Process

(The application is currently closed. It will open on Jan. 19, 2021.)

  • Complete the online application (which includes basic questions about your major and interests).
  • Upload the following required information:
    • a one-page narrative
    • an unofficial transcript
    • a résumé (not required for incoming freshmen)
    • contact information for two references
  • Note: You only submit ONE application and upload ONE set of materials.
  • After reading all instructions below, apply online .
    • The application opens Jan. 19, 2021 and closes Feb. 28, 2021.
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Step 1: Review

Review this webpage and the FAQs to understand the application process, and write down key dates. You also may review the list of scholarships to familiarize yourself with the GPA requirements and other criteria.

scholarship2.pngStep 2: Prepare

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

Prepare the following materials: 

  1. A written narrative
     (one page typed, 12-point font, single-spaced and saved as a PDF)

Answer the question: "What makes you a strong candidate for a UH College of Education 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.

The UH Writing Center offers one-on-one appointments for assistance with the scholarship application and essay. You can make an appointment online. For additional questions about the Writing Center, please contact Holly Prevost at

Optional supporting documents

Certain scholarships encourage additional submissions:
  • For 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.
  • For the Norman I. Kagan scholarship, submit a five-page abstract detailing the nature of your dissertation research.
  • To demonstrate financial need for various scholarships, the College of Education recommends that you complete the online FAFSA. This is encouraged but not a requirement.

  2. References and contact information

You will need to provide two professional references:
  • Current students: At least one reference must be a College of Education professor.
  • New/transfer students and incoming freshmen: You do not need a College of Education professor as a reference.

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

  3. A professional résumé

You will need to submit a professional résumé that includes relevant work experience, community involvement, awards and affiliations.

Please note: Incoming freshmen are NOT required to submit a résumé.

  4. An unofficial transcript

  • Current students: Go to your account at AccessUH. Select myUH, Academic Records and then UH Official Transcript on the left menu to download an unofficial transcript.
  • Incoming freshmen or new transfer students: Request an unofficial transcript from your high school or college.

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 by the deadline of Feb. 28, 2021, 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.


  • See answers to frequently asked questions.
  • If you need help, please fill out this brief form to submit a question , and a member of our scholarship team will get back to you. Due to a high volume of inquiries, please allow 48 hours for a response during normal business operations.

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Step 4: Notice of award and requirements

Applicants will be notified if they received a scholarship the week of April 5-9, 2021.

Additional Scholarships

Asian American Studies Academic Excellence Scholarship

The UH Asian American Studies Center provides scholarships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students who want to pursue educational and research opportunities in Asian and Asian American Studies. Students who minor in Asian American Studies, complete AAMS 2300 and/or AAMS 4300, demonstrate academic excellence and have a GPA of 2.7 or higher are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. Visit the Asian American Studies scholarship page to apply.

UH Foundation Scholarships

The UH Foundation manages at least two scholarships for College of Education students. Applicants must be sophomores or above, enrolled 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.

Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

UH has been selected to be part of the innovative Raising Texas Teachers initiative through the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation. 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  Feb. 1, 2021. Visit Raising Texas Teachers to apply.