Applying for Financial Aid - Fall & Spring

Students interested in applying for financial aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application period begins on October 1 of each year for the following academic year. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible for each academic year.  

Requirements to Complete FAFSA

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Permanent U.S. resident with an Alien Registration Card (I-551)
  • Conditional permanent U.S. resident with visa type I-551C
  • Citizens of the Freely Associated States: the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands
  • Eligible non-citizen with an Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) showing one of the following
    • Refugee.
    • Asylum granted,
    • Parolee (for a minimum of one year), or
    • Cuban-Haitian entrant.

Students who are not able to complete the FAFSA due to their immigration status may be able to file the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

Requirements to Complete TASFA

  • Classified as a Texas resident.
  • Eligible to pay the Texas in-state tuition rate, not due to waiver such as an in-state scholarship or an assistantship.

Application Priority Deadlines

To receive the best possible combination of financial assistance, an applicant should submit all required application forms to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by the priority deadline dates listed below.
Applications received after these deadline dates are awarded based on funds available.

Fall/Spring March 31st
Spring Only November 15th
Summer April 15th


Not ready to complete the FAFSA just yet? The FAFSA4caster is a great early eligibility estimator to help you plan ahead when understanding the costs of college.