Is there anyone out there that is going to UT at Austin that has recived an out of state tuition waiver? If so, how hard was it to get? What are the admissions directors looking for when the hand them out?
I am looking to go to the Cockrell School of Engineering and am from Arizona.
Thanks in advance!
It seems like somebody posted that they got one from Cockrell. I checked into them for my son, and they are VERY limited. I believe there are only 8 total for the entire school (not 8 times 4 years, just 8!). That's what the website said when I looked, anyway. I think you have to have stellar stats. My son had excellent stats, but they weren't good enough.
I didn't receive OOS waiver at UT but I did at another school before. Actually Texas education laws ask schools to provide OOS tuition waiver for student who wins any institutional competitive scholarship in the annual amount exceeding $1,000 (College For All Texans: Competitive Scholarship Waiver)
The case with UT Cockrell giving out too few waiver might be contributed to the lack of departmental scholarships at Cockrell. Also a problem with UT is that a lot of scholarships are based on both your academic performance and financial need. So if you have a high financial need (ie low EFC) I suggest you browse through UT scholarships website and apply for all and if you win any one (or a combination of scholarships) for over $1,000 then you will get your OOS waiver. However if you come from a family with a decent income, the chances of getting OOS waiver will be slim.
The Coordinating Board ALLOWS schools to provide waivers, but doesn't require (or even ask) them to do so. The state doesn't make up the difference, so the school just loses out. The reason in-state students are charged lower tuition rates is that the state pays a portion of the tuition on their behalf. The state does NOT pay that portion when OOS students receive waivers. For that reason, most schools limit the number of waivers they award.
@ Mixter -My pleasure! Forums are a great way to learn things that aren't always clear on the official websites. When we started the college process, we appreciated reading answers to questions we didn't even know to ask.