The Ins and Outs of Texas Financial Aid
Getting a higher education is not easy, nor is it cheap. If you want to enroll in a school in the Lone Star State, you should find out how much the tuition is. Since most students can’t pay the required amount on their own, they need to apply for Texas financial aid.
DoNotPay will provide you with a detailed guide to the financial aid options available in Texas. We will also be there to help you get more funds by filing an appeal if the school makes you an unsatisfactory offer or rejects you.
If you want to successfully apply for financial aid in Texas, you need to fill out the required forms. The Lone Star State requires you to complete the following applications depending on your situation:
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—This application is used to determine your financial aid eligibility. FAFSA is reserved for all U.S. citizens and needs to be completed each school year
- The Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)—This application is available to all Texas residents who are not U.S. citizens. A TASFA is used to determine eligibility for state financial aid programs funded by universities in Texas
The federal deadline for submitting a FAFSA is June 30, 2022, for the 2021–2022 academic year. The TASFA deadline for the 2021–22 award year was January 15, 2021.
You can apply for financial aid from various sources (federal, state, and institutional) in Texas. Your options include the following financial assistance types:
- State and federal grants and scholarships
- Work-study programs
Grants and scholarships are both the gift type of financial aid (you don’t need to repay it) and come from state and federal resources. They are usually need-based, but some scholarships require you to maintain a certain grade point average (GPA). In Texas, you can apply for:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Toward EXcellence, Access, and Success Grant Program (TEXAS Grant)
- Tuition Equalization Grant Program (TEG)
- Federal Teacher Quality Enhancement Scholarships from the U.S. Department of Education
- Education and Training Vouchers for Youths Aging Out of Foster Care in Texas
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship Program
- Texas Public Educational Grant Program (TPEG)
- National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship
- Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program
- Marine Corps Foundation Scholarship
- Fifth Year Accounting Student Scholarship Program
Student loans need to be repaid with interest. You can apply for the following loans in Texas:
- Federal Direct:
- Consolidation Loans
- Plus Loans
- Subsidized Loans
- Unsubsidized Loans
- Federal Perkins Loan Program
- Texas College Access Loan Program (CAL)
- Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP)
Students who want to work part-time while studying have the option of applying for work-study programs. You can choose between:
- Federal Work-Study Program
- Texas College Work-Study Program
You will see all the available options for financial aid in the schools you apply for. In addition to state and federal financial assistance, schools will offer institutional aid. Take a look at the table below to see some of DoNotPay’s Texas financial aid guides:
Once you are done with the financial aid application process, you wait for the school’s offer. There can be three possible outcomes:
- You receive the aid and are satisfied with the amount
- The school makes you an insufficient offer, and you need more money
- Your application gets rejected
If you are not lucky enough to find yourself in the first scenario, you should not go with the school’s decision. You should take some action—file a financial aid appeal! The good news is that you don’t have to deal with this process on your own—DoNotPay is here to help you!
Composing a financial aid appeal letter can be complex and time-consuming. You should avoid the unpleasantries of the process and let DoNotPay handle the task on your behalf. Proceed as follows:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Find our Appeal for More Financial Aid product
- Provide us with details of financial aid offers from all the universities you applied for
- Give us the info related to your family’s income and financial status
DoNotPay will mail the appeal letter to all the right addresses on your behalf.
Find answers to the following questions with DoNotPay:
- How does financial aid for graduate school work?
- When can you expect to receive your financial aid award letter?
- Can part-time students receive financial aid?
- How much financial aid can you get?
- How long can you keep receiving financial aid?
Considering out-of-state schools? No problem! Check out our guides to financial aid programs of the most popular schools across the country:
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