Academic Scholarships

TCU rewards academic achievement. The following list of awards is designed to recognize entering students who have excelled academically. In order for a student to compete for an academic award, freshman applicants must complete the application for admission and submit SAT/ACT scores by December 15. Transfer student applicants must be admitted by April 15 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. These awards are based solely on academic performance without regard to the family's financial condition as evidenced by the FAFSA.

Freshman Awards

Applicants who meet the December 15 and November 1 (spring entry) admission deadline and submit an outstanding record of academic achievement in a college-prep curriculum will be considered in the competition. Candidates typically rank at the top of their high school class (if class rank is reported), earn high scores on the SAT or ACT, and possess a significant record of co-curricular and community involvement. Communication skills, counselor and teacher recommendations, and optionally submitted materials will also be considered.

Specific renewal requirements common to all academic awards are:

  • Successful completion of 24 semester hours of "letter-grade" TCU coursework each academic year (fall and spring). Note: Summer courses do not satisfy the requirement.
  • A TCU cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required at the conclusion of the freshman year. Thereafter, a 3.25 TCU cumulative GPA is required at the conclusion of each spring semester.
  • "F" grade, "W" or "Q," "I," "AU," "NR," "CR," Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and College Board Achievement Tests in Foreign Languages (ACH) do not count toward satisfying requirements.
  • Duration of freshman awards is eight semesters or 128 TCU semester hours, whichever occurs first.

Chancellor Scholarship

Amount: Full tuition for up to 18 hours per semester for up to eight undergraduate semesters. Total value in excess of $100,000.

Deans Scholarship

Amount: $12,000 per year for up to eight undergraduate semesters. Total value $48,000.

Faculty Scholarship

Amount: $9,500 per year for up to eight undergraduate semesters. Total value $38,000.

TCU Scholarship

Amount: $6,500 per year for up to eight undergraduate semesters. Total value $26,000.

National Merit

National Achievement

National Hispanic

Amount: $2,000 per year for up to eight undergraduate semesters. Total value $8,000.

Note: Scholars must be designated as finalists in the competition and Merit finalists must officially designate TCU as their first choice. This scholarship may be awarded in addition to another TCU scholarship if the total amount of the institutional merit scholarship does not exceed the cost of tuition at TCU.

TCU Eagle and Girl Scout Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 per year for up to eight undergraduate semesters. Total value $8,000.

Note: This scholarship is awarded in recognition of those who have attained the highest rank in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts and who have not been presented another TCU merit-based award. Completed applications, which are available in the Forms Library at www.financialaid.tcu.edu, must be received by May 1 of the candidate's high school senior year.

TCU Academic Achievement Award

This award is for current TCU students who were at the top of their class at the end of the freshman year and were not awarded an academic scholarship upon entering the University.





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