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Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.
 
Families can watch this step-by-step video tutorial to understand how to complete the FAFSA. 
 
Texas Application for State Financial Aid
The Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) is used to collect information to help determine eligibility for state financial aid programs that are administered by institutions of higher education in the state of Texas. Students that are classified as a Texas Resident who cannot apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are encouraged to complete the TASFA. To review the FAFSA filing requirements, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov or visit the financial aid office at the institution you plan to attend.
 
Hazelwood Act for Texas Veterans
The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.
 
Financial Aid Resources
  • Big Future Financial Aid 101
 
  • Road2College
 
  • Big Future Tools & Calculators
 
  • College Scorecard
Types of Finacial Aid
Financial aid can come from federal, state, school, and private sources to help you pay for college or career school.

Grants

grant is a form of financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund, or you receive a TEACH Grant and don’t complete your service obligation). A variety of federal grants are available, including Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants, and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants.

 

 

Scholarships

Many nonprofit and private organizations offer scholarships to help students pay for college or career school. This type of free money, which is sometimes based on academic merit, talent, or a particular area of study, can make a real difference in helping you manage your education expenses.

Work-Study Jobs

The Federal Work-Study Program allows you to earn money to pay for school by working part-time.

Loans

When you receive a student loan, you are borrowing money to attend a college or career school. You must repay the loan as well as interest that accrues. It is important to understand your repayment options so you can successfully repay your loan.

LEARN ABOUT LOANS

Aid for Military Families

There are special aid programs or additional aid eligibility for serving in the military or for being the spouse or child of a veteran.