FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID can be awarded by the government and by the institution of higher learning that you attend. The amount of financial aid offered is based on need and can come in the form of grants or loans. The FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) can be filled out starting October 1 of the senior year. See below for details.
- US Department of Education's College Scorecard (a searchable college affordability database; scroll to the bottom for the "paying for college" section)
- The Financial Aid Process
- Use the FAFSA 4Caster to estimate your eligibility
- Sign up for your FSA ID Number (for students and parents; used to "sign" documents electronically)
- Start your FAFSA Application
- Need step-by-step help working through your FAFSA application? Use this guide from Nitro.
- Access help from an online FAFSA assistant
- LendEDU is a free text-in resource that provides prompt answers to your questions.
- Another source of reliable, free information is the Texas Financial Aid Information Center at phone number 1-888-311-8881.
- The Student Loan Report provides unbiased coverage on the latest student loan news that may affect students. We also create resources and guides for borrowers and their families so they make the best decisions when it comes to paying for college and repaying student debt.
NONFEDERAL FINANCIAL AID is available from some colleges. For schools that do offer this option, students will need to complete the CSS Profile application.