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Financial Readiness Information & FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

All seniors should complete their FAFSA.  It simple, and only takes a few minutes!  Please make sure you use the correct website.  Parents are able to use their prior-prior year taxes.  For example, for the 2019-2020 FAFSA parents will use their tax returns from 2018.  If there have been any significant changes in the students/family financial situation in the year after the taxes were filed, simply call the college financial aid office and discuss this with them.
When: October 1st of the senior year
Priority Deadline: December 15th
**Students, please use your full name that is on your social security card!  
First Step (can be done BEFORE October 1st): Student and one parent create an FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
Second Step: Begin your FAFSA at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
If you are a student that is not a U.S. citizen, you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA.  There's good news though!  You can complete the TASFA, which stands for the Texas Application for State Federal Aid.  Below is a link to find out more information about the TASFA and how to access the TASFA.
Links to Other Websites
National Merit Scholarship Program - Remember the PSAT you took in 11th grade?  One test can qualify you for scholarships or recognize you as a commended student for your performance on the test. The PSAT can literally open doors for your future. Make sure you're prepared for the 11th grade October administration of the PSAT
TEACH Grant - Designed specifically for those wanting to go into the field of teaching
College For All Texans - TASFA link located here 
Texas Reality Check - Don't know how much money you'll need in the future or which occupation to choose?  Not problem!  Click the link to explore three options to help you select the right career for your spending needs.