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Distinguished Transfer Scholarship

Merit Scholarship for Transfer Students

At UTSA, we are committed to the success of our students. UTSA offers the Distinguished Transfer Scholarship for qualified incoming transfer students who can receive up to $6,000 just by applying to UTSA.

Fall Transfer Priority Deadline: May 1
Spring Transfer Priority Deadline: October 15

How to Apply

Admitted transfer students transferring 24-66 credit hours will be given automatic consideration based on academic merit. This scholarship is valued up to $6,000 for up to two years or four semesters if renewal eligibility is maintained. The value is awarded on a competitive basis, while funding is available.


Students must:

  • transfer 24-66 semester credits of academic coursework (dual credit and work in progress not included)
  • have a 3.75 GPA (4.0 Scale)
Award Amount over 2 yearsGPA (4.0 Scale)Renewal UTSA GPA
$6,000 ($3,000/year)3.75 GPA3.0 GPA

Non-resident and international students who receive the Distinguished Transfer Scholarship will be granted a waiver to qualify for in-state tuition for each academic year they are awarded this scholarship.

Term of the Award

Transfer Awards: Your Distinguished Transfer Scholarship has been awarded for a total of four consecutive semesters of eligibility (fall and spring semesters only) toward completion of your first undergraduate degree, provided you meet the following renewal criteria by the end of each spring semester.

Semester Criteria

You must remain enrolled in UTSA courses as a full-time undergraduate student with a minimum of 12 UTSA credit hours each fall and spring semester in order for your scholarship to disburse. If you enroll for fewer than 12 UTSA credit hours and your scholarship did not disburse, you forfeit that semester’s award, and that semester still counts against your maximum award terms of eligibility. However, your scholarship may still be renewed as long as you meet annual renewal criteria.

Renewal Criteria

Renewals will be awarded to recipients who enroll and complete 12 or more semester credits and retain a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) each semester. Any break in enrollment without an approved deferment on file with the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will result in a loss of your scholarship.

Qualifying Types of Credit Hours for Renewal

  • UTSA Credit Courses (excludes repeated courses)
  • UTSA Sponsored study-abroad courses

The following do not satisfy credit-hour requirements for renewal eligibility; however, these may be used toward your overall credits for degree completion.

  • Consortium agreement courses, repeating a course, receiving an incomplete or auditing a course
  • Advanced Placement credits, dual degree credits, new transfer credits from other colleges/universities or correspondence courses.

Change of Status – Scholarship Deferment

  • If you require leaving UTSA, to retain your scholarship upon returning, your deferment must be approved by the UTSA Financial Aid and Scholarships Office before you leave.
  • Acceptable deferment reasons are circumstances outside of your control or a unique learning experience related to your studies at UTSA.
  • Qualified deferments are permitted only after completing at least one successful semester at UTSA.
  • If you leave the university without an approved deferment on file, you will forfeit your scholarship.
  • If you leave UTSA to attend another post-secondary institution, you will forfeit your scholarship.

Options for Students Not Meeting Renewal Criteria

If you do not meet or exceed the renewal criteria by the end of each spring semester, consider the following options:

  • Start with your academic advisor. Your advisor can help you understand your options and help you reach your academic goals. They can get you in the right courses and also connect with with tutoring and other programs that will help you succeed.

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