Mission: To provide financially independent students with a network of support and resources that help them succeed at UT Austin.
Horns Helping Horns serves financially independent students and foster care alumni who arrive at UT Austin with little or no family support and very limited resources. Every Horns Helping Horns student is unique, therefore the program strives to provide social and educational opportunities, a network of financial and nonfinancial support, and mentorship based on individual needs. A faculty or staff mentor and a small peer group offer guidance to help students navigate campus life. The objective is to foster academic success and a sense of community.
The Horns Helping Horns program supports students by providing:
- Advising and advocacy while at the institution
- Funds to purchase textbooks and other course-related materials
- Mentors who match their academic/professional interests
- Educational programming (e.g., financial literacy, study strategies, mock interviewing)
- Social programming (e.g., community service projects, mentor/mentee socials)
- Referrals to on and off-campus services
Depending on available funding, the Horns Helping Horns program additionally supports students in the following ways:
- Computer and software purchases
- Health and wellbeing services
- Graduation expenses
- Graduate or professional school expenses
- Scholarships towards unmet needs
- Study abroad and student enrichment opportunities
- Texas Exes Membership
Horns Helping Horns ensures that our students have many of the same opportunities as their peers to experience and benefit from all the resources, amenities, and connections that UT has to offer.