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Academic Scholarships

The Office of Admission awards academic scholarships to our highest achieving admitted students. First-year student awards are based primarily on a combination of grades, ACT or SAT score and curriculum rigor. Meeting minimum GPA and test scores does not guarantee scholarship eligibility. For purposes of both admission and scholarship consideration, TCU superscores both the ACT and the SAT. The SAT/ACT is optional in consideration of both admission and scholarship through 2026.

Transfer awards are based on GPA and transferrable hours. Except for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, transfer awards are guaranteed if minimum scores and hours are met.

2024-2025 Academic Scholarship Amounts

Scholarship Overall GPA* ACT Score
(when used**)
SAT Score
(when used**)
Chancellor's Scholarship
(Full tuition for four years) 
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Dean's Scholarship
($27k per year) 
3.97 - 4.0 33 - 34 1500- 1540
Faculty Scholarship
($24k per year) 
3.92 - 4.0 32 - 33 1470 - 1500
TCU Scholarship
($20k per year) 
3.8 - 3.91 30 - 32 1400 - 1470
Founders' Scholarship
($12k per year)
3.74 - 3.86 29 - 31 1360 - 1430

Meeting the marks listed on this scholarship table does not guarantee any level of scholarship.

* Grade Point Average includes un-weighted grades earned from coursework in the following academic disciplines: English, Humanities, Languages other than English (LOTE), Math, Science, and Social Science

** Test score ranges are representative of those that the Do No Harm policy indicated to use scores.

Scholarship Yearly Value Hours GPA
Chancellor's Full Tuition for 3 years 60 3.85
Dean's $27,000 for 4 years 12 3.75
Faculty $24,000 for 4 years 12 3.5
Phi Theta Kappa  (TCU Sponsored) $22,000 for 4 years 12 3.25
TCU Scholarship $20,000 for 4 years 12 3.25
Founder's $12,000 for 4 years 12 3.0
Gideon Scholarship for community college Education majors $12,500 for 2 years    
Sandra Brown Excellence in Literary Fiction Full Tuition for 2 years    

Transfer scholarships are automatically awarded when minimum requirements are met (except for Chancellor's). College credits obtained through AP, CLEP, or other Credit-granting exams are not evaluated during the transfer admission process and are not calculated into the transfer credit amount and transfer GPA.

Learn more about the Chancellor's Scholar application process.


Performance-Based Scholarships

Artists train for years, and the most promising and talented are awarded with performance-based scholarships.

The College of Fine Arts offers a range of many scholarships across all disciplines. Students interested in consideration for a performance-based scholarship in the fine arts should prepare to audition or submit a portfolio. Examples of awards and requirements are as follows:

Performance Area Number of Annual Awards Annual Value Total Value (over four years) Award Requirement Other Financial Aid Options
Dance Multiple $2,500 - $15,000 $10,000 - $60,000  Must audition in person  
Theatre Multiple $1,500 - Full tuition  $6,000 - Full tuition Must audition for BFA in person All students admitted to the BFA Theatre major will receive a scholarship of at least $2,000 per year. 35-40 students will receive production grants valued at $3,000 - $6,000 per year in return for 10 hours per week of theatre production work in a campus production.
Graphic Design One-to-four $2,200 to $10,000 minimum $40,000 minimum Must submit portfolio with application. Renewable by portfolio review up to eight semesters.  
Studio Art Two-to-four $10,000 minimum $40,000 minimum Must submit portfolio with application. Renewable by portfolio review up to eight semesters.  


Music  Multiple $1,500 - Full tuition $6,000 -Full tuition Separate application and audition required $4,000 Marching Band scholarship