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    Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA)


    It all starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). With this one application, you can apply for financial aid at multiple colleges and from multiple funding sources (federal, state, institutional and private providers of assistance).

    You must complete and submit a free FAFSA form in order to be eligible to receive financial aid or student loans through the federal government.


    Financial Aid for ALL Graduating Students

    Who is it for?

    All graduating students planning to attend college should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    What is it?

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an application that provides information on your family's financial need to colleges so that grants and loans can be offered.

    Where do I fill it out?

    The online application can be found at WWW.FAFSA.GOV and is offered in English and Spanish

    When is it due?

    Application becomes available January 1st of each year. The earlier you apply, the more money you will be offered.

    What personal information do I need?

    -Social Security Number

    -most recent federal income tax returns


    -bank statements and records of investments

    -any untaxed income records

    **To ensure accuracy, you can submit a tax transcript in place of the documents listed above by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool at IRS.GOV (fill out 2 weeks in advance to applying)

    **Tax information is needed for both student and parents, if student makes a specified amount of money.

    What else do I need to do?

    The student and parent/guardian must create a Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. (go to WWW.PIN.ED.GOV to do this before January 1st)


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is there really free money for college?
    Colleges, the State of Texas and the Federal Government award grants (free money) based on family income. The only way to know how much you will receive is to complete your FAFSA or TASFA.


    Will I be able to afford college? I hear it costs a lot.
    The great thing about most financial aid is that it is based on your family income. In other words, the less your family can help you pay for college, the more assistance you receive .

    Why is my immigration status important?

    In order to receive federal financial aid (Pell Grant and Stafford Loan) you must be a citizen or permanent resident. Students under a T-visa or who qualify as a Battered Immigrant also qualify for federal financial aid. DACA, immigrant students, and students under their parents’ visa qualify for Texas Financial Aid, such as the Texas Grant.

    I have a Social Security number but I’m not a FAFSA student. Can I apply for the FAFSA?

    Most Texas public and private colleges require Category 2 students to complete a paper TASFA. Out of state schools and a few Texas colleges require category 2 students to complete a FAFSA. Check with the financial aid office at each college you apply to.

    I would like more information about which immigrant/international high school students qualify for Federal Financial Aid? Click “Can I Get Aid”.    Which visa categories qualify for in-state tuition if I have lived in Texas for less than 3 years? Click “Visa’s that qualify for Federal Domicile


    Step by step VIDEO tutorial for FAFSA

    College For All Texans-Financial Aid

    This link will take you to the College For All Texans website. It helps to answer some of those questions that you may have been wondering about such as applying for financial aid and exemptions that you may qualify for. It's important to research so you don't miss a out on a costly opportunity.


    Compendium of Texas Colleges and Financial Aid

    This Compendium contains a list of colleges and universities in the State of Texas, admission requirements, total expenses for an academic year, financial aid data and related information, helpful hints to the college bound, together with a Calendar of various scholarship deadlines arranged by months.


    National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

    Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation

    College Answer (Sallie Mae)

    Fin Aid

    College Abacus


    College Abacus is a free web site where students planning for college can easily compare their projected financial aid packages across schools and identify schools within their budgets, before applying to college or filling out the FAFSA. They are still in the process of adding colleges.


    Undergraduate Student Loan Calculator


    The Undergraduate Student Loan Calculator shows the share of earnings necessary to service traditional loan repayment for 80 majors. Use selection boxes to choose different majors, loan amounts, interest, and length of term. Select approximate earnings from high, middle, or low-end of average earnings. You can also choose to work part or full-time. Compare two different majors to view the percentage of monthly income needed to pay off loans.