FAFSA The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Virtual FAFSA/TASFA workshops - You can register at bit.ly/GRADcafeWorkshops.Beginning with the class of 2022As part of Texas House Bill 3, all 12th grade students graduating in the 2021-2022 school year and beyond are required to complete the FAFSA, TASFA, or OPT-OUT Form in order to be eligible to graduate.
Read more about the Financial Aid Requirement
Financial Aid Vocabulary
Unsubsidized loan– accrues interest while you are in school and during repayment
Subsidized- DO NOT accrue interest while you are in school and during repayment
Stafford – loans awarded in two forms (1) subsidized and (2) unsubsidized
Pell Grant– Federal grant by the Department of Education
SEOG– Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Institutional – school awards scholarships based on academics, athletics, extracurricular, leadership, etc.
Miscellaneous – scholarships sponsored by corporate companies, organizations, businesses, student’s high school
Work Study- On campus or off-campus work to help earn money for student’s education. You can apply for work study through the FASFA application.
Resources to support completing and submitting the FAFSA
Resources to support completing and submitting the TASFA
Distributed and processed by the U.S. Department of Education, the FAFSA collects the information required to determine the need and eligibility for financial aid. It is needed in order to apply for virtually all Federal Title IV student aid programs, including Pell Grants, Stafford Loans and campus-based programs. The FAFSA opens on October 1st of every year and must be completed every year a student intends to enroll in a post-secondary program.
Financial Aid Opt Out Link- Students who do not wish to complete a FAFSA or TAFSA must complete the OPT Out Form. Click the link below for access to the OPT Out Form.