Financial aid comes from the federal and local government. It's money that helps a student cover education expenses expenses at a postsecondary school. The aid covers expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Financial aid often comes in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs. All students should apply regardless of family income status and most colleges REQUIRE completion of the FAFSA form.
Financial Aid Links:
Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)
SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
Every Chance, Every Texan- helpful hints for college-bound students
Graduation Requirement Video:
Important Notice: Financial Aid Application Graduation Requirement
In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature established a new financial aid application graduation requirement. Beginning with students enrolled in 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year, each student must do one of the following in order to graduate:
- Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
- Complete and submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA); or
- Submit a signed opt-out form.
Additional information regarding the financial aid application graduation requirement is provided on the Financial Aid Requirement webpage.
CREATE AN FSA ID
BOTH students and parents are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a user name and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education online systems. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.
Visit the Federal Student Aid website to log-in or create a FSA ID HERE
Check out the video below. It walks you through the process of creating an FSA ID
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Completing the FAFSA Application is required for consideration for federal student aid, but many colleges require the completion of FAFSA for scholarship consideration, as well. FAFSA opens every year on October 1 for aid for students’ next year of college.
The Texas deadline for submitting a FAFSA is January 15. You can submit your information to multiple colleges with one application.
Click on this link to access the FAFSA application
If you need help, view the video below for step by step instructions on how to complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA application.
Proof of Submission
Be sure to submit your proof of FAFSA submission, copy of the completed TASFA, or the signed opt-out form to your designated counselor to have the financial aid graduation requirement signed off.