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Financial Aid - FAFSA/TASFA

Starting with the class of 2022, all seniors are required to fill out a FASFA/TASFA or opt-out form. 
 
Financial Aid comes from these sources:
 
1.  The Federal Government (the largest source)
2.  State Governments
3.  Colleges and Universities
4.  Private organizations, such as companies, clubs, and faith-based organizations.
 
Click on the following links to apply for financial aid.
 
FAFSA  -  This is free federal aid money that you DO NOT HAVE TO PAY BACK.  The window to file the FAFSA opens OCTOBER 1.  You should file your FAFSA no later than October 16.  The student aid report, that is generated by the FAFSA, will be used in Apply Texas and will also be used by colleges to determine how much aid and scholarship money they can give you.  After you complete and submit the FAFSA, there will be a place where it says "Print Student Aid Report (SAR)".  Be sure and do this.  You should always take a copy of your SAR when visiting colleges and when visiting with their financial aid offices.  All students should apply for FAFSA, even if you have a college tuition waiver or an full scholarship, you should still apply.  You must reapply EVERY October that you are in school.  Be sure and keep your log in information and passwords in a safe place.  You will need them every year.  
 
TASFA - "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." College for All Texans
 
FEDERAL STUDENT AID - Has a lot of information about student aid.  It also contains a FAFSA link.
 
STUDENT FINANCIAL AID TOOLKIT - More great information from the Department of Education.
 
FINANCIAL AID SHOPPING SHEET - US Dept. of Education