The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Step1: FSA ID
Before you can start on your 2023-2024 FAFSA, you and your parents/guardians (if they are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen) will need to create a FSA ID. This is essentially your login information for your FAFSA application and allows you to sign the official documents electronically. You will need to remember this login information because you will use it every year you apply for financial aid!
***You can create this now.
Step 2: FAFSA
The FAFSA opens up on October 1 for the 2023-2024 school year. Make sure you select the 2023-2024 Application! This is the year you will attend college! To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or trade school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
***If you (student) do not have a Social Security Card, you will need to complete the TASFA.
The Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)
The Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) is a free application that determines eligibility for state financial aide in Texas. Students classified as Texas residents who are not eligible for the FAFSA are encouraged to complete the TASFA Application.
The state financial aid priority application deadline for many institutions is January 15, 2023 for the 2023-2024 award year. In order to be considered for the most financial aid, it is important to complete and submit this application with all required documentation to the financial aid office on or before Jan. 15. Note: Eligibility for financial aid will be determined by the institution that you plan to attend.
FAFSA & TASFA Opt Out Form