Good Neighbor Program

The Good Neighbor Program for the 2024-2025 academic year provides an exemption of tuition for students from the nations of the Western Hemisphere. Students may be offered one year of tuition (fall, spring, and summer). Students are exempt from paying tuition only: students must still pay applicable fees. Financial Aid offer letters will be sent in mid to late summer.

To be eligible for the Good Neighbor Program:

  • Students must be on a current United States Immigration Service approved “Student Visa” (Usually F-1 or J-1).
  • Students cannot be members of the Communist Party.
  • Students must have been born in and be a current resident of one of the politically independent nations in the American Hemisphere other than Cuba or the United States, listed below.
  • Students must intend to return to the eligible country upon completion of his/her program of study.
  • Students must be admitted “unconditionally” to UTSA and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Undergraduates must take a minimum of 12 hours each semester; Graduate students must take a minimum of 9 hours.

Eligible countries listed below:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize (British Honduras)
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Tuition assistance
Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please attach your J-1 or F-1 Visa.
  2. Attach a current copy of coursework transcripts (an official university copy is not required).
  3. What is your classification?
  4. What is your country of birth? The following counties are eligible to participate in the Good Neighbor Program.
  5. Are you a previous recipient of the Good Neighbor Program?
  6. If you been a previous Good Neighbor recipient, please provide the period (year, semester and school).
  7. How many years have you lived in the Western hemisphere?
  8. Have you applied for permanent residence in the U.S.?
  9. Do you have dual citizenship that includes the U.S.?
  10. Do you plan to return to your home country when you complete your studies?
  11. If you will not return to your home country after you complete your studies, provide an explanation of why not.
  12. Are you currently employed by UTSA as a Teacher or Research Assistant?
  13. Are you currently receiving in-state tuition under some other waiver program?
  14. Do you have any relatives working for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board?
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