Financial Aid

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FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

What is the FAFSA?

  • The FAFSA is the free online application students can use to receive federal aid.

 

What kind of aid can I receive through the FAFSA?

  • You can receive grants, loans, and work study.

 

How to apply for FAFSA

  • Before beginning your FAFSA application, you and your parent must make an FSA ID. This is like a username and it makes it easier once you are ready to submit!
  • After you have made your FSA ID, you can begin your application.
  • There you will select "Start A New FAFSA) and enter your FSA ID

 

Documents you need:

  • Parent W-2 Forms and tax forms 1040 for the year prior-prior.
TASFA (Texas Application for State Aid)

What is the TASFA?

  • The TASFA is the free application students can use receive state aid.

 What kind of aid can I receive through the TASFA? 

  • You can receive grants and possible work study and possible loans.

 How to apply for the TASFA

  • Click on this link: 2018-2019 TASFA  
  • Here you will find the .pdf application in English and in Spanish.
  • NOTE: You will have to submit a separate application for each college that you apply to.

Documents you need:

  • Parent tax return, tax transcript, and W-2’s for the year prior-prior
  • Student tax return, tax transcript, and W-2’s for the year prior-prior
  • Required documents vary school to school
 
BOTH the FAFSA and the TASFA allow you to access
 the 4 types of financial aid:
  1. Scholarships: Awards that students MUST APPLY FOR that are based on need, merit, or achievement that DO NOT HAVE TO BE REPAID.
  2. Grants: Awards that students QUALIFY for vs. applying for that are mostly awarded on the basis of need and DO NOT HAVE TO BE REPAID.
  3. Work Study: On and sometimes off-campus jobs for students who demonstrate financial need. Hours are limited. Students must apply for this aid through the FAFSA or the TASFA.
  4. Loans: Money that is BORROWED and MUST BE REPAID WITH INTEREST. There are different types of loans, and students should accept certain types of loans first before restoring to other. 


Free Application for Federal Student Aid
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https://fafsa.ed.gov/

http://www.college-financial-aid-advice.com/fafsa-hints.html

https://fafsa.ed.gov/es_ES/index.htm

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources

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Student Loan and Grant Information

http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grants-college.html?src=pn
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How much will college cost?  Find out below.

http://collegecost.ed.gov/netpricecenter.aspx
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The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aide

http://www.finaid.org/
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A Leading Provider of Student Loans

https://www.salliemae.com/
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A Financial Aid Website Created by Financial Aid Experts

http://www.nasfaa.org/students_parents_counselors
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From the U.S. Dept. of Education Website

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa//Home
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How Do I Start Saving For College?  Here is one way....

http://www.savingforcollege.com/

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Check out these websites and let us know what you think

bigfuture.collegeboard.org

scholarshipexperts.com

texasscholarships.org

collegescholarships.org


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Watch out for Financial Aide Scams.  
These websites will help you from getting ripped off.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/scams

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams

http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml