Scholarship & Aid
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 2023.
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.
|Overall GPA*||ACT Score
(Full tuition for four years)
($25k per year)
|3.95 - 4.0||31 - 34||1360 - 1500|
($22k per year)
|3.8 - 3.92||31 - 33||1390 - 1440|
($18k per year)
|3.78 - 3.9||30 - 32||1370 - 1440|
($12k per year)
|3.71 - 3.83||29 - 31||1330 - 1390|
|All Scholarships||3.81 - 4.0||30 - 33||1350 - 1480|
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
|Chancellor's||Full Tuition for 3 years||60||3.85|
|Dean's||$25,000 for 4 years||12||3.75|
|Faculty||$22,000 for 4 years||12||3.5|
|Phi Theta Kappa (TCU Sponsored)||$20,000 for 4 years||12||3.25|
|TCU Scholarship||$18,000 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.
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||$3,000 Marching Band scholarship|