Financial Aid & Scholarship Information
Financial Aid Requirement
In accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.0256, beginning with students enrolled in 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year, each student must do one of the following in order to graduate:
- Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
- Complete and submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA); or
- Submit a signed opt-out form.
Laws and Rules
In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature established the new requirement for Texas students to complete a financial aid application (or formally opt-out) in order to graduate. The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted rules related to the new requirement in January 2021.
A student may opt-out of the financial aid application graduation requirement if:
- a parent or guardian submits a signed form;
- the student is 18 years of age or older and submits a signed form; or
- a school counselor authorizes the student to decline to complete and submit the application for good cause.
Federal and State Financial Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available. ALL students should fill out this worksheet to determine eligibility for government grants, scholarships, work-study funds, and loans. Be sure to include the school codes for colleges you are interested in to find out what financial aid packages they can offer you as well. To review the FAFSA filing requirements, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov or contact the financial aid office at the institution you plan to attend.
The Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) is used to collect information to help determine eligibility for state financial aid programs that are administered by institutions of higher education in the state of Texas. Students that are classified as a Texas Resident who cannot apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are encouraged to complete the TASFA.