ARE exam cost reimbursement (ARE Grant) information

The Architect Registration Examination Financial Assistance Fund (AREFAF), also known as the ARE Grant, was created by the Seventy-sixth Legislature of the state of Texas.


The award is a one-time reimbursement of $500 for taking the Architect Registration Examination. ARE Grant awards are presented three times each year. 


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have resided in Texas for at least 18 months immediately preceding the date of application
  • Have passed sections of the exam for which the combined fees total at least $500
  • Have been approved for examination by TBAE and paid all required fees
  • Have not been disciplined or been the subject of a pending enforcement proceeding by an architectural registration board
  • Must earn an annual salary less than $65,000, and
  • Must not have been fully reimbursed by his or her employer for all portions of the ARE.

Apply for an ARE Grant

Please contact the Exam Coordinator at if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions about the scholarship program.