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Freshman Scholarships

Texas State will consider admitted freshmen for Assured Scholarships (summer and fall 2021 and 2022 terms) and Competitive Scholarships (summer and fall 2021 and 2022 terms) without an SAT or ACT score. Students applying without an SAT or ACT and ranked in the top 35% of their class will receive a holistic review of their application, which will include consideration of their high school curriculum, level of courses taken, high school rank/percentile, grades earned, and may include admission essay(s) and extracurricular involvement/leadership/community service/work experience throughout their high school career. Texas State Merit Scholarships, based on holistic review, are competitive and based on availability of funding. To be considered for Competitive Scholarships, students will also need to complete and submit a Texas State scholarship application via the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS).

Additional information and updates related to admissions and COVID-19 for prospective students may be found on this FAQ page.


Different Kinds of Scholarships

Incoming Texas State freshmen have three categories of academic scholarships offered to them: National, Assured and Competitive.

National Scholarships and Assured Scholarships are automatically awarded to students upon admission, provided they meet certain minimum academic requirements.

Competitive Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student's scholarship application. The application deadline is January 15 (deadline extended), prior to your first summer/fall semester.

To apply for competitive scholarships, you must:

  1. be admitted to Texas State

  2. meet Assured Admission standards
  3. complete the General and Freshman scholarship application in the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS)

College and Departmental Scholarships

Some scholarships are awarded by a specific college or academic departments. These scholarships may require a different application outside of BOSS. For information regarding scholarships awarded by your college or academic department, be sure to visit their scholarship web-page. You may also contact the appropriate dean and/or chair’s office.

Not from Texas?

You could still qualify for resident tuition

If you qualify for at least $1,000 in Texas State competitive or merit scholarships, you may receive a nonresident tuition waiver (granting you Texas resident tuition for the same period covered by your scholarship).

If qualified, the department that awarded you the scholarship will complete the appropriate nonresident tuition waiver form.


Always feel free to contact us at Financial Aid & Scholarships.