HACA has money for your education

The cost of furthering your education can seem overwhelming. Paying to attend college or a trade school is not as difficult as you may think. There are many resources available. The key is to plan ahead.

Scholarships are exclusively for public housing and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) residents.

The Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Board of Commissioners established the HACA Resident Scholarship in 2001 for the benefit of all HACA Public Housing Residents and Housing Choice Voucher participants planning to attend an higher education institution. The scholarship was renamed as the Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship in 2015.

View the HACA Austin Pathways Scholarship application.

The scholarship serves as a vehicle of hope to individuals who have a desire to further their education but lack the adequate financial means to accomplish this goal. The scholarship is designed to inspire these individuals to work toward becoming independent and economically self-sufficient members of the community.


Applicants for a scholarship must be:

  • A current HACA public housing resident or Housing Choice Voucher participant.
  • A graduating high school senior or already have a high school diploma/GED.
  • Currently attending or planning to attend a college, university, technical school or other post-secondary school.
  • Note: If you are currently attending or attended a post-secondary school previously, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater (transfer credits are not considered in this GPA).

    Note: Individuals who qualify can apply for both the resident and family scholarships (available for children of employees only) but will only be awarded one scholarship if selected.

    2017 Scholarships & Deadlines

    Scholarships are exclusively for residents of HACA public housing or the Housing Choice Voucher program.

    Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship

    The Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship is funded by the Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation, a HACA subsidiary. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis, and the award amount varies from year to year, depending on the availability of funds. EXTENDED Application deadline: March 31, 2017 (Click here to download the application packet)

    Other Scholarship Opportunities:

    Student Financial Aid Search Engine: Find & Apply for Financial Aid to Pay for College

    Scholarships to Help International Students Afford U.S. Colleges

    “No Essay” College Scholarship

    United Negro College Fund Scholarships

    Scholarship America Scholarships

    GoodCall Scholarship Engine

    ** The date and submission address on the online application may be different because these applications require certification from HACA to be valid.**