FAFSA The Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • Beginning with the class of 2022
    As 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


    FAFSA 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 awarded scholarships based on academics, athletics, extracurricular, leadership, etc.

    Miscellaneous – scholarships sponsored by corporate companies, organizations, businesses, student’s high school


    FAFSA Application

    Distributed and processed by the U.S. Department of Education, the FAFSA collects the information required to determine 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 the campus-based programs. The FAFSA opens on October 1st of every year and must be completed for every year a student intends to enroll in a post-secondary program.

    8 Easy Steps for Parents Completing the FAFSA Form 

    Parent Resources


    Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)

    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.


    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.