Financial Aid

We do have a limited amount of financial assistance available on the basis of need. Awards of financial aid will reduce the base tuition, but vary from year-to-year depending upon the number of applicants and available funds for a given summer. The UTNIF is a non-profit enterprise and any awards of financial aid will cover only a portion of tuition - not the entire cost of tuition for any program.

UTNIF prioritizes financial aid for campers who come from VERY low income households. A VERY low income household is one in which the household’s income, considering the size of the household, indicates significant need. If you do not qualify for a federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), you might not qualify for UTNIF financial aid (with some exceptions).

Based on income numbers alone, your household might not be considered very low income. However, we understand that households face challenges and extenuating circumstances that income alone cannot reflect (e.g., moderate income households that have many dependents or dependents with a disability or a chronic health issue OR have recently lost an income/job might qualify for a financial aid award from the UTNIF).

Applying for Financial Aid

First, no Financial Aid Application will be considered without payment of the deposit application fee for the program the student wishes to attend, which you can access at

Even though the $250 is listed as nonrefundable – we will refund deposits to financial aid applicants that are denied financial aid or are ultimately unable to attend the UTNIF because of financial need. If you apply for financial aid, and don’t attend the camp, we will refund your $250 deposit application fee. 

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 households situation in their letter explaining the request for financial assistance.

Should you wish to apply for aid you need to file a complete request for financial assistance by April 7th, 2017. Financial aid applications are answered on a first come/first serve basis; so get your application in as soon as possible as it will improve your chances of receiving aid. We will notify you of the results of your application by May 17th, 2017 at the latest.

The Financial Aid application packet should consist of all of the following:

  • A letter from a 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 needs.
  • A letter of recommendation from the students’ coach or a representative from the school confirming suitability, merit, and financial need.
  • A copy of the first page only of the parents’/legal guardians’ IRS 1040 form and/or any other verification documents you wish to provide; we’re looking to see your number of dependents and gross income. Please do not submit your entire tax return; 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.

Please do not submit incomplete applications for financial aid. Once you have all your documents together, email to

I have a strong preference for digital submissions via email to If you don’t have convenient access to a scanner, even just taking pictures with your phone of the requested paperwork works for me! Just send them as attachments in an email.

But you may also snail mail your application if you prefer,  to UTNIF | Kate Richey | 1 University Station, Mail Code A1105 Austin, TX 78712

Please don’t hesitate to contact the administrative director with questions.

Kate Richey
Coordinator, University of Texas National Institute in Forensics
(717) 478-8643 |