Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid awards – 2019

    • To receive a need-based award, follow the instructions below and submit your materials on time.
    • It is extremely rare that we are able to award any camper a “full ride” aid award
    • It is also extremely rare that we are able to award any camper an amount that covers most of the cost of a program
    • Financial aid awards are given to partially defray the cost of a program, not to cover all or most of the cost of a program
    • Note: Need based awards may not be used in conjunction with other discounts, such as UDL group rates

Applying for a Need-Based Financial Aid Award

1. Register and Pay Your Deposit

No financial aid applications may be considered without the camper first applying formally and submitting the deposit for the program the student wishes to attend.

Even though the $250 is listed as nonrefundable – we will refund deposits to financial aid applicants that don’t receive any/enough financial aid and are ultimately unable to attend the UTNIF because of financial need. So if you apply for financial aid – and ultimately still can’t attend the camp because of cost – we will refund your $250 deposit. 

2. Submit Your Application Materials All Together By March 30th, 2019

Because our ability to provide assistance is limited, it is important that we fully understand your needs and that the parent/guardian give us a complete picture of the household situation in their letter explaining the request for financial assistance. These materials are completely confidential and will not be seen by anyone but the camp coordinator and director and they will only be used for making financial aid award decisions. Submit your complete request for financial aid by March 30th, 2019. We will notify all applicants about awards on May 4th, 2019. The Financial Aid application packet should be mailed or faxed (please do not submit digital copies via e-mail for your privacy and security) consist of all of the following:

  • A letter from at least one parent or legal guardian which sets forth in as much detail as possible the reasons for your request for financial assistance
  • A personal letter from the student expressing a desire to attend the UTNIF and explaining why UTNIF is the ideal camp location
  • A letter of recommendation from the students’ coach or a representative from the school confirming suitability, merit, etc. If you don’t yet have a relationship with a contact at your school, a suitable family friend or community mentor to the student may write this letter instead
  • A copy of the first page only of the parents’/legal guardians’ IRS 1040 form and/or any other official verification documents that you personally wish to provide that demonstrate need. On your IRS form, we’re simply looking to see your number of dependents and gross income. Please do not submit your entire tax return form; we do not wish to be in possession of these sensitive and personal documents and we do not need them to make financial aid decisions.

Maling address:

UTNIF
2504A Whitis Ave (A1105)
Dept. of Communication Studies
Austin, Texas  78712

Fax: 512-232-1481