FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID can be awarded by the government and by the institution of higher learning that you attend. The amount of financial aid offered is based on need and can come in the form of grants or loans. The FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) can be filled out starting October 1 (this is a change for students entering college beginning in 2017-18) of the senior year. We know filling out FAFSA can be confusing; you can find several free help sessions throughout the Austin area each spring (https://www.financialaidsaturdays.org/). See below for details.
- US Department of Education's College Scorecard (a searchable college affordability database; scroll to the bottom for the "paying for college" section)
- The Financial Aid Process
- Use the FAFSA 4Caster to estimate your eligibility
- Sign up for your FSA ID Number (for students and parents; used to "sign" documents electronically)
- Start your FAFSA Application
- Need step-by-step help working through your FAFSA application? Use this guide from Nitro.
- Access help from an online FAFSA assistant
- LendEDU is a free text-in resource that provides prompt answers to your questions.
- Another source of reliable, free information is the Texas Financial Aid Information Center at phone number 1-888-311-8881.