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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships

Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded annually to students who have been accepted as degree candidates into one of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Sciences baccalaureate degree programs: Clinical Laboratory Science, Cytogenetic Technology, Cytotechnology, Diagnostic Imaging, Histotechnology, Medical Dosimetry, Molecular Genetic Technology or Radiation Therapy.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be accepted as a degree candidate into one of MD Anderson's School of Health Sciences baccalaureate degree programs: Clinical Laboratory Science, Cytogenetic Technology, Cytotechnology, Diagnostic Imaging,  Histotechnology, Medical Dosimetry, Molecular Genetic Technology or Radiation Therapy
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrate personal motivation for excellence in both character and academic achievement
  • Be a citizen of the United States (or) a permanent United States resident
  • Submit a completed application by the date designated on the scholarship brochure made available to accepted students

Selection Criteria

  • Financial needs
  • Academic achievement (cumulative GPA)
  • Leadership abilities (school and community)
  • Professional goals and aspirations
  • Transcript

Members of the Scholarship Selection Committee are appointed by the program directors and the dean of the School of Health Sciences. The committee consists of representatives from each of the School of Health Sciences programs.

Financial Aid

Eligibility

The Office of Student Financial Aid assists eligible students who have difficulty meeting the cost of attendance at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

To be eligible for financial assistance, a student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 semester hours) in a degree-seeking or certificate-awarding program of study. The office encourages students to apply as early as possible but no later than March 1. There is no deadline; however, awards are made on a "first-complete, first-award" basis. Those students who fail to meet this priority date will be awarded on a "funds-available" basis. Students who will be applying for financial aid but have not yet been accepted for admission are also encouraged to apply early, even before receiving their final admission decision.

A student subject to selective service registration under federal law must file a statement that he has registered or is exempt before the student is eligible to receive financial assistance funded by federal or state revenue in accordance with federal law and the provisions of Section 51.9095, Texas Education Code.

Application forms and complete information may be obtained by phone or mail or in person. The Office is located in Suite 2220 in the University Center Tower. Financial aid specialists are available on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

To Request an Application or Information Packet

Office of Student Financial Aid
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
P. O. Box 20036
Houston, TX 77225

Phone: 713-500-3860
Web site:  The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Student Financial Services

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Financial Aid and Academic Performance

To be considered in good standing and making satisfactory progress for financial aid, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale on all coursework attempted at MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Sciences.

A student will immediately become ineligible for financial aid when his/her cumulative grade point average drops below 2.0 at the end of any term (trimester) or a grade of F is received in any course.

Courses in which the symbol X (extension) is received will not be included in the calculation of grade point average for that term provided that the X is replaced by a passing grade before the end of the following term. If the symbol X is replaced by an F, a student will immediately become ineligible for financial aid.

The standard time frame for completion of the program and maximum time frame for completion of the program for financial aid eligibility will be based on the number of credit hours in the program and the total number of credit hours attempted.

The guidelines for each program are as follows:

Academic ProgramStandard Time Credit HoursMaximum Time Credit Hours Attempted
Clinical Laboratory Science4669
Cytogenetic Technology4669
Cytotechnology4568
Diagnostic Imaging4162
Histotechnology3857
Medical Dosimetry5786
Molecular Genetic Technology4669
Radiation Therapy5684
A grade of W will be counted in the number of hours attempted and will count toward the maximum time frame for financial aid eligibility.

To be considered making satisfactory academic progress, a student must successfully complete at least 70% of coursework attempted each term. The grading symbols which meet completion standards are: A, B, C.

A student may regain eligibility for financial aid when the student has achieved at least the minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and maintained the 70% completion rate provided that the student is still within the maximum time frame requirements.

Academic progress will be verified at the end of each term, prior to disbursal of financial aid funds for the upcoming term. Progress will not be verified for entering students.

Any student who is denied financial aid as a result of failure to meet the minimum standards of this policy may appeal that decision to the director of student financial aid or his/her designee. To do so, the student must submit the appeal in writing to the Office of Student Financial Aid. The financial aid director or his/her designee will review the appeal and consider any unusual or extraordinary circumstances that may have impacted the student's ability to achieve the minimum standards. The ultimate decision made by the Office of Student Financial Aid is final, and justification for that decision will be on file and made available to the student upon request.


 


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