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Financial Aid Resources for the Integrated MPA

Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Accounting offers a limited number of teaching assistant (TA) positions to qualified graduate students. Integrated MPA students are eligible to serve as teaching assistants during their fifth (graduate) year. TAs are assigned to graduate or undergraduate courses to assist the professor with a variety of tasks associated with course instruction, such as grading homework, proctoring exams, holding office hours and leading review sessions. Appointments are usually for 10 hours per week. TA positions do not qualify a non-Texas resident or an international student for in-state tuition. All positions require an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and enrollment in at least nine semester hours in the fall or spring or three semester hours in the summer (exception: in the graduating semester, fifth year students may enroll in six semester hours as long as they are sitting for the CPA exam in that semester). TA applications are available on the Department of Accounting website. For information about academic employment outside the Accounting Department, visit the Graduate School web page regarding student employment.

Scholarships

McCombs School of Business Scholarships

Scholarship awards are available to continuing undergraduates in the McCombs School of Business. You are a continuing student if you are enrolled in the McCombs School of Business during the current academic year and will be enrolled as an undergraduate in the McCombs School of Business in the following academic year. Questions? Please contact Charles Enriquez in the BBA Program Office.

External Scholarships

University Scholarships

University-wide scholarship opportunities are posted on the Office of Student Financial Services website.

Fifth Year Accounting Scholarships

The Fifth Year Accounting Scholarships are funded by additional license fees paid by Texas CPA's and are administered by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. Over their lifetime, students may receive a total of $5,000 or the amount of their demonstrated financial need (whichever is smaller). Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria: Texas residency, financial need, grade point average, and a commitment to take the CPA exam in Texas. All students applying for the scholarship will need to have a FAFSA on file at the Office of Student Financial Services and submit the Application of Intent to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. The MPA Program Office distributes the application instructions and forms to students when funds become available; however, the MPA Program Office does not make the decision regarding who receives these scholarships.

Other Accounting Scholarships

Several organizations offer scholarships to encourage the pursuit of an accounting education. For example, the AICPA website provides a listing of several scholarship opportunities.

Departmental Scholarships

Department of Accounting scholarships are funded through financial contributions made by alumni, business partners, and friends of the department. These scholarships are directed towards students in their fifth (graduate) year to help defray graduate tuition and fees.

Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 and are disbursed during the fall and spring semesters each year. Award decisions are made during the summer and applicants are notified of the decisions as soon as possible.

When making these awards, the Department of Accounting equally weighs academic performance at The University of Texas and financial need. In order for the department to determine the level of financial need, students must provide complete and accurate information regarding their estimated financial resources and academic debt on the scholarship application. The department considers all sources of award monies made to students to maximize the number of students who receive scholarships. Receipt of a major scholarship from sources outside the Department of Accounting reduces the likelihood of receiving a departmental scholarship.

Some scholarship donors stipulate that the awards be made only to students with specific interests or qualifications. Certain application questions are designed to identify these students, and while you are not required to answer all of the questions, the Department of Accounting may not be able to consider your application for all awards without this information.

If you have questions about the application process, contact Keri Ledezma

Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are being accepted from April 14 - July 4, 2014. MPA students who will hold graduate status in academic year 2014-2015 are encouraged to apply.