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The University of Texas at Austin and
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Partnership

What Starts Here Changes the World

In January 2020, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and The University of Texas at Austin began a historic new partnership to close the gap in college graduation rates across income levels. The two organizations teamed up to dramatically expand individualized support services for all Pell-eligible students at the university through the UT for Me – Powered by Dell Scholars program.

While financial support is critical, closing the graduation rate gap requires more than financial support. The new UT for Me – Powered by Dell Scholars effort provides all Pell-eligible undergraduate students at UT Austin with ongoing and individualized support. The program is designed to level the playing field for students from low-income backgrounds.

A college education has the power to change the life of a student and the future of a family. As a result of our groundbreaking partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, The University of Texas is poised to increase our support for thousands of talented students whose potential to achieve will be met with unprecedented resources and commitment.

President Gregory L. Fenves


All Pell-Eligible Students in
UT for Me – Powered by Dell Scholars Receive:

Personalized,
Multi-faceted
Support

Financial Aid
Coaching and Financial
Literacy Training

Tutoring
and
Textbooks

A
Laptop
Computer

Peer
Advising
Support

Internship
and Career
Planning

Connections to
University Resources
and Programming

On-track
Graduation
Planning

Dell Scholars at UT Austin

Additional Scholarship Dollars for Pell-Eligible Students With the Greatest Financial Need

In addition to the services provided by UT for Me – Powered by Dell Scholars, incoming Pell-eligible freshmen from families with the greatest need will become part of the Dell Scholars program, a proven model that serves students from across the country. Each Dell Scholar will receive a financial award of $20,000 over their time in college that can be applied to their cost of attendance, including room and board, transportation, supplies, and other expenses. For Texas residents, that funding will come on top of the university’s Texas Advance Commitment, which guarantees aid to cover the full cost of tuition and fees for Texas families earning $65,000 or less.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have many questions, and we’re here to provide answers.

  • To qualify for the UT for Me – Powered by Dell Scholars program you must be an incoming Pell grant eligible* student who is attending The University of Texas at Austin as a first time freshman, beginning in the fall of 2020.**
  • To qualify for the Dell Scholars at UT Austin program, you must be an incoming Pell grant eligible* student who is attending The University of Texas at Austin as a first time freshman, beginning in the fall of 2020**. You must also have a reported expected family contribution (“EFC”) of up to $1,000.

*as defined by Pell grant status
**including students who completed dual credit courses while in high school

UT for Me – Powered by Dell Scholars and Dell Scholars at UT Austin are student support programs available only to qualified incoming students at the Austin, TX campus.

UT for Me – Powered by Dell Scholars offers the following support:

  • Personalized, multi-faceted support
  • Financial aid coaching and financial literacy training
  • Tutoring and textbook support
  • A laptop computer
  • Peer advising support
  • Internship and career planning
  • Connections to university resources and programming
  • On-track graduation planning

In addition to the UT for Me support services, Dell Scholars at UT Austin also receive:

Financial Assistance

  • Annual financial support of up to $5,000 annually (up to $20,000 for six years from initial enrollment) to address unmet need of total cost of attendance (this amount will be in addition to Texas Advance Commitment tuition coverage, for eligible Texas students).
  • Guidance to maximize scholarship support funding

Dell Scholars at UT Austin will be notified of their Scholarship support funding beginning in March as part of their initial UT Austin financial aid notice (FAN).

  • For students receiving external scholarships, financial aid packages may vary such that those students may not need/may not be eligible for the full amount of their Scholarship support each semester, based on federal financial aid guidelines.
  • Dell Scholars at UT Austin will have flexible access to their Scholarship support up to the full amount over the course of their college career at UT Austin, to be managed and awarded by UT Austin in line with federal financial aid guidelines.

Annual financial support of up to $5,000 annually (up to $20,000 for six years from initial enrollment) to address unmet need of total cost of attendance (this amount will be in addition to Texas Advance Commitment tuition coverage, for eligible Texas students).

The Dell Scholars at UT Austin award amount will be in addition to Texas Advance Commitment tuition coverage, for eligible Texas students.

UT for Me – Powered by Dell Scholars and/or Dell Scholars at UT Austin does not support incoming transfer Pell or other students. These programs only support incoming, first-time-in-college Pell-eligible students.

Note that this transfer policy also applies to a Dell Scholar in the Dell Foundation’s traditional Dell Scholars program. If a Dell Foundation Dell Scholar begins his/her college journey at a college other than UT Austin and then transfers to UT Austin at any time in his/her college career, that student will stay in the Dell Foundation’s traditional Dell Scholar program.

Incoming UT Austin Dell Scholars already accepted into the traditional Dell Scholars program that enrolls in UT Austin will receive Scholarship support through the Dell Scholars at UT Austin program*. This support will be provided in lieu of the Dell Foundation’s traditional Dell Scholars program scholarship support, regardless of the student’s EFC or whether they qualify for Texas Advance Commitment.

Any student named a Dell Scholar prior to March 2020 (via the Dell Foundation’s traditional program) will continue to be supported through the Dell Foundation.

  • Note that those students receiving Scholarship support through the UT Austin program will then be referred to as “Dell Scholars at UT Austin”.

*Acceptance letters are sent out in March of a student’s senior year of high school.

The mission of this public-private partnership is to raise six-year graduation rates for Pell-eligible students at UT Austin from 73% to 90%.

This 10 year commitment covering academic and other support will begin in the fall of the academic year 2020-2021.

Please email UTforme@austin.utexas.edu with questions regarding the UT for Me – Powered by Dell Scholars and/or the Dell Scholars program.

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Learn More About the Partnership

The partnership will build on the model of the Dell Foundation’s Dell Scholars program, which has consistently helped to deliver improved graduation rates for low-income students at above the national average. It will bring those efforts to scale at UT Austin, which has increased its overall graduation rates by nearly 20 percentage points and now guarantees financial assistance for low- and middle-income Texas students through the Texas Advance Commitment.

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