Apply for Federal Student Aid using FAFSA
What is federal student aid?
It’s money from the federal government that helps you pay for college, career school, or graduate school expenses. Federal student aid is available through grants, work-study funds, and loans.
What documents do I need to complete the FAFSA?
- An FSA ID to login and sign electronically
- Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number (if not a US citizen)
- Federal income tax returns, W-2s and other records of money earned for 2020
- Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
- Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
More about FSA ID
Apply for State Financial Aid using 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 FAFSA are encouraged to complete the TASFA. The federal application covers federal and state financial aid opportunities. If you meet the FAFSA filing requirements, then you should submit a completed FAFSA.
What documents do I need to complete the TASFA?
- Senate Bill 1528 Affidavit
- Federal income earned in 2020 (W-2s)
- Student and parent tax return transcripts
- Selective Service Registration Card/Letter (if male and at least age 18)
Steps to Success
#1 FSA ID
- Create this NOW before you begin the FAFSA
- Enter personal information
- Verify your phone and/or email address
- Save it for future use
- Do NOT share with anyone.
#2 Personal Info
- Social Security Number (for student and parents)
- Alien Registration Number (if not a US citizen)
- Driver's Licence not required but requested
#3 Financial Info
- Records of money you earned (W-2s, tax return, etc.)
- IRS data retrieval tool may be available in FAFSA to pull your most recent tax return
- Records of assets and/or investments
- Any untaxed income
#4 Parent Info
- Most students need personal and financial information on both parents
- Use dependency and parent information reporting guides for help