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Costs & Financial Aid

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is committed to assisting students who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Impacted students may either request assistance through the Cougar Emergency Fund or may request that their financial aid be re-evaluated for additional funding. Please click here to review the information on the Cougar Emergency Fund/Financial Reconsideration Appeal process for guidance.

To mitigate the risk of COVID-19 and to practice social distancing, effective immediately, Welcome Center financial aid staff will be working remotely until further notice. However, our Call Center is still open to assist students Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach a financial aid representative at (713)-743-1010, option 5.

If you are a student who has a Cougarnet account, you can schedule a virtual advising appointment by logging into your Navigate account. If you are a prospective student who does not have a Cougarnet account, you can call us (713-743-1010, option #5) to schedule an appointment.

We will also be available through email at When calling or emailing, be sure to include or have your UH ID ready. For information on how to upload requested documents to your To Do List items, please visit

Concerned about paying for your education at the University of Houston? Think of it as an investment in your future. Whether you’re an undergraduate or a graduate student, a UH education will pay for itself many times over in higher earnings and expanded opportunities throughout your life.

What’s more, we award a wide range of scholarships, fellowships and other financial aid to graduate and undergraduate students alike. With our generous financial assistance packages, some UH students find that their actual cost is lower than they had originally expected. Trying to determine your tuition and fee bill for future semesters? Take a look at the estimated Tuition Calculator for estimates based on hours of enrollment and major. We invite you to explore the financial information provided here. We look forward to helping you invest in your future! Please contact the Financial Aid office for your federal and state aid processing, and please contact Student Business Services for payment, fee bill calculation, refund, deferment and book loan processing.


  • Check your myUH To-Do List! Some students will need to complete items listed in their myUH self-service account To-Do list to determine complete eligibility and to receive their aid. If you have just begun the financial aid process and have to wait for your documents to complete processing, please be sure to choose an online payment deferment plan through the Office of Student Business Services — this will help lock in your enrollment and allow additional time for processing.
  • Disbursement: As long as you meet the enrollment and eligibility requirements, your loans will start disbursing the first week of classes, and your grants will disburse after the 13 th class day for most students. For more detailed information about aid disbursement, please visit our disbursement site.
  • Did you accept Federal Direct Loan awards? Make sure that you have completed all your additional steps, enrolled in half-time and have completed the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling at
  • Enrollment adjustments can affect your aid! If you will not be enrolled as a full-time student, your award disbursements may be delayed to adjust any potential over award of financial aid.
  • Need more funds to cover additional expenses like housing? There are additional loan options available like the Federal PLUS Loan or alternative/private loans you can explore.
  • Experienced income changes? If you have experienced a change income due to job loss, medical needs, death of parent or spouse or any other catastrophic event, please come and speak with an advisor at the Welcome Center regarding a Financial Reconsideration Appeal. Click here for our hours.
  • Update your email address. Please be sure to keep your email address current in your  myUH self-service account so that you receive award notifications and additional information requests in a timely fashion! Please visit our  award determination and  maintaining eligibility websites.

For more information on the disbursement process, please visit our Financial Aid FAQ page.