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Cougar Promise

Guaranteed Free Tuition for Students with Family Income up to $45,000

The University of Houston guarantees tuition and mandatory fees will be covered by grant assistance for new in-state freshmen with family incomes at or below $45,000, who meet certain academic requirements. The Cougar Promise is the University of Houston's promise to low-income families that college is accessible to their children and that financial aid will be available to them.

Eligibility is determined when a student has completed a FAFSA and also been admitted to the University of Houston by March 15, 2018. Students who miss the deadline will be awarded the Cougar Promise based on the availability of funds. A separate application is not needed since Cougar Promise is comprised of various gift aid sources for which the student is eligible. Gift aid is aid that the student does not need to repay.

To be eligible for Cougar Promise, you must be:

  • A new entering freshman for Fall 2018 admitted by March 15, 2018
  • A Texas resident for tuition purposes
  • A graduate from a Texas high school with a recommended, distinguished or foundation diploma and enroll at the University of Houston within 16 months of graduation
  • A dependent member of a household whose parents' adjusted gross income does not exceed $45,000
  • Eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant and must submit all financial aid forms with supporting documents by March 15, 2018
  • Enrolled as a full-time student (at least 24 credit hours within an academic year) at the University of Houston

The Cougar Promise guarantees tuition and mandatory fees will be covered by grant assistance to qualifying students for up to four years, as long as students continue to meet eligibility criteria and maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Cougar Promise awards are primarily compromised of Pell and TEXAS Grants, with institutional funds added as needed to cover tuition and mandatory fees during the fall and spring terms only.