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

Fall 2021 Virtual Financial Aid Night Presentation Recordings and PDF of Presentations

TEA now requires students in 12th grade during the year of 2021-2022 to complete the following to graduate:
  • Complete and submit a FAFSA
  • Complete and submit a TASFA
  • Submit a signed opt-out form
In accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.0256, 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.
All seniors should complete their FAFSA.  It simple, should take less than 30 minutes. Please make sure you use the correct website! 
Class of 2022 seniors will file the 2022-2023 FAFSA using their parents 2020 tax information. Remember, you'll file the FAFSA for the coming up year, each year your in college (and use the prior year taxes). Example: Once you graduate in May of 2022, in October 2022, you'll file your 2023-2024 FAFSA and use the 2021 taxes. Keep repeating this process each year you plan to attend college.
*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. You will be able to complete a personal statement to have added to your financial aid information.
When: October 1st of the senior year
*Then each year you plan to attend college
Priority Deadline: December 15th
**Students, please use your full name that is on your social security card!  
Step 1: Create your FSA ID (the student and ONE parent need an FSA ID)
*If the student has older siblings, and the parent already has an FSA ID, it is not necessary to for the parent to create another FSA ID.
Step 2: Submit your FAFSA (Opens October 1st)
Step 3: Receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) - FAFSA summary
Step 4: Financial Aid awarded through college(s) - Check the applicant portal! You will have a financial aid offer from EACH college. Financial aid is NOT awarded through the FAFSA. The FAFSA is only the application for financial aid.

FAFSA Walkthrough Videos

Click HERE for a complete walkthrough video in English.
Click HERE for a complete walkthrough video in Spanish.

Recursos Sobre la FAFSA en Español

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.
To be eligible for TASFA aid students must:
  • Live in Texas for three consecutive years
  • Graduate from a Texas high school
  • Have lived in Texas for 12 months prior to enrolling in college
  • Have applied or plan to apply to be a current resident
Before you TASFA, double check the FAFSA Eligibility Requirements:
Additional TASFA Resources:
Links to Other Websites