Pay For College

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) became available for class of 2020 seniors on October 1, 2019. Get help completing your application during a financial aid workshop at DHS - stop by the Go Center for workshop dates!

    The FAFSA and TASFA are free applications that public and private colleges in the U.S. use to determine a student’s eligibility for financial aid, which may include federal and state grants, scholarships, work-study, and low-interest loans.

    Most financial aid dollars are awarded to students on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner seniors apply to colleges and complete the FAFSA or TASFA, the better their chances are for receiving all eligible aid dollars to use towards college tuition and other fees. High school seniors can visit the campus Go Center or Counseling Office to get help completing the FAFSA or TASFA, and they can get started with the steps below.

    1. Determine if you need to complete the FAFSA or the TASFA.
      • Students should complete only one of these financial aid applications, not both. See the Financial Aid 101 flyer below to determine which application is the right fit.
    2. Gather required income and identification information.
    3. Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA or TASFA as soon as possible, and by January 15.
      • January 15 is the Texas state priority financial aid application deadline for many colleges and universities.
      • The FAFSA is available at fafsa.gov.
      • The TASFA can be downloaded and printed at collegeforalltexans.org.
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