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Border County Program

First-Time Application

The UTSA Border County Program is a student tuition-assistance program that allows eligible F-1/J-1 visa students from Mexico with limited financial resources to pay Texas in-state tuition. This is a need-based program and not a competitive scholarship. If you are a readmitted or a change-of-level student then you must submit a First-Time Application.

Continuing in the Border County Program?

Application and Instruction Guide

How to complete your application: Instruction Guide

First-time Application

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Mexico
  • Not have a U.S. Permanent Resident card or pending application for U.S. permanent residency
  • Plan to return to Mexico after finishing his or her educational program
  • Have an I-20/DS-2019 Form from UTSA
  • Have a current F-1/J-1 visa or be in the process of obtaining a valid F-1/J-1 visa
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Must enroll and maintain a full-time status:12 hours for undergraduate; 9 hours for graduates per semester. Students enrolled in the Intensive English Program are not eligible!
  • Required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate students or 3.0 for graduate students

 

First-time Application Deadline

  • Spring: November 18th
  • Summer: May 12th 
  • Fall: July 7th 

 

Things you MUST know before applying for the Border County Program (FAQ)

Things you MUST know before applying for the Border County Program (FAQ)


Q: How do I apply for the Border County Program (BCP)?
A: Download and complete the application with required supporting documentation and submit no later than the listed deadline for your specific semester. Application can be found at: http://international.utsa.edu/forms/, it is located under ‘B’.
 

Q: How do I submit my application for the BCP?
A: You may submit your application by mail or in-person. No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted.  Our mailing address is listed on the application.
 

Q: Do I need to be admitted to UTSA to apply for the BCP?
A: Yes, you must be admitted to UTSA in order to apply for the BCP.
 

Q: If I am enrolling in the Intensive English Program am I eligible for BCP?
A: Unfortunately, no. You must be admitted to a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate level academic program in order to apply.
 

Q: If I am not financially dependent upon my parents, how do I fill out my application for the BCP?
A: If you, the applicant, financially support yourself, or if you are supported by someone other than your parents, you must complete the application using your own financial information or a sponsor’s personal and financial information.
 

Q: What should I provide if another person will assist in payment of my tuition?
A: Some applicants may receive financial assistance with their college expenses from people other than their parents, for example, grandparents or other close relatives. This financial support information must be included in the application. You need to enter the personal and financial information for this other sponsor in the spaces provided on the application.
 

Q: If my parents or I own a business, how do I report that type of financial information?
A: The applicant must submit a notarized letter from a bookkeeper or accountant reporting the annual gross income earned by you or your parents from the business, and the net worth of the business. The letter must be on official business letterhead.
 

Q: How does UTSA International Student Services (ISS) process the BCP applications?
A: Applications are reviewed for completeness, and the supporting documents are verified.  A determination is then made to determine whether or not a student shows the required need for tuition assistance. 
Before the start of the semester, ISS provides a list of the approved Border County tuition-assistance recipients will be provided to the Office of Financial Services, who will then adjust students’ accounts so that charges are reflected at the in-state tuition rate.
 

Q: If I am approved to participate in the program, how long will I be eligible to pay in-state tuition?
A: You will be eligible to pay Texas in-state tuition for one academic year, as long as you maintain all requirements for eligibility.
          · Spring semester applicants are eligible for in-state tuition for spring and the following summer semester
          · Summer semester applicants are eligible for summer semester in-state tuition
Every year all BCP participants must submit the recertification form before the beginning of the fall semester in order to continue to receive in-state tuition.
 

Q: How will I be contacted?
Approved program participants are contacted via the email address listed on the application.
If your email changes you must update International Student Services via http://international.utsa.edu and via your ASAP student account.
 

Q: If I am approved for one academic year, do I have to apply again for the next academic year?
A: Yes, it is called ‘Recertification’. All participants, regardless of the semester they entered the program, will be required to provide an update of their financial status prior to the beginning of the fall semester each year. It is your responsibility to submit the required application prior to the deadline in order to continue to receive BCP benefits.
 

Q: If I was not approved, can I re-apply?
A: Yes, you may submit a new application for the next fall semester application period, unless you have proof that your financial situation has changed considerably (i.e., bankruptcy, loss of employment, natural disaster, etc.).