The FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens on Friday, October 1. The state of Texas requires students in their final year of high school complete the FAFSA to get a diploma. When a student files for FAFSA, they may become eligible for scholarships or grants (based on need and merit), work-study programs, or low-interest loans. Some of the most beneficial financial aid funds are first come, first served. Students are twice as likely to receive financial aid for college if they file the FAFSA early.
Before the FAFSA opens, there are a few things students and their parents / guardians can do to prepare.
The first step for the senior and their parent / guardian is to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) identifier. The FSA identifier is an electronic signature, one for the student and another for the parent (or shared by both parents). There is a period of one to three days for processing the FSA ID, which is required to complete the FAFSA. Tip: When planning a post-secondary education, such as FAFSA, students should use a personal, non-school-related email address.
Collect your personal information and tax forms to make it easier to complete the FAFSA:
Student’s social security card
Student driving license
Student W-2 2019 Forms
2019 Federal Student Income Tax Return
Non-taxable student income in 2019
Student’s current bank statements (or online access to check balance)
Federal income tax return for parents
Parents (s) 2019 W-2 forms
Parents’ bank statements
Parents’ untaxed income
Current business and investment records of parents
IMPORTANT DATES 2021-2022 FAFSA / TASFA
Thursday July 1 – OPENING OF THE TASFA – Students classified as residents of Texas who are not eligible to apply to the FAFSA are encouraged to complete the Texas State Financial Assistance Application (TASFA). You do not need to complete both the FAFSA and the TASFA. The FAFSA covers federal and state financial aid opportunities. If you meet the FAFSA filing requirements, then you must submit a completed FAFSA.
Friday October 1 – FAFSA OPENS. In the state of Texas, high school students must complete the application to graduate. There is no charge to apply.
Monday October 4 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Register for FREE FAFSA / TASFA Virtual Help.
Tuesday, October 5 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Register for FREE FAFSA / TASFA Virtual Help.
Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Register for FREE FAFSA / TASFA Virtual Help.
Monday November 15th – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Register for FREE FAFSA / TASFA Virtual Help.
Tuesday November 16 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Register for FREE FAFSA / TASFA Virtual Help.
Wednesday November 17th 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Register for FREE FAFSA / TASFA Virtual Help.
Saturday January 15, 2022 – FAFSA and TASFA applications should be given priority review by Texas public colleges. For private Texas colleges, check with the school’s financial aid administrator.
Thursday, June 30, 2022 – FAFSA forms must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Time (CT). Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on September 11, 2022.
For more information on FAFSA / TASFA, consult your campus advisor or send them a message using Let’s Talk.