TX College Guidebook - Spring Semester 2019 - Page 98

Submit ASAP to be eligible for more scholarships & grants
The only financial aid application required by many colleges is the FAFSA. The FAFSA is
used to determine the Estmated Family Contribution (EFC) for a student.
Through completion of this one form, most all of your financial aid will be determined.
Therefore, it should be filed as soon as possible after October 1 of your senior year
in high school. Colleges have a limited amount of financial aid. It is first come, first
served. Texas students ineligible for the FAFSA, may submit a TAFSA (see Resources).
Since many scams are reported about companies requiring a fee for the FAFSA,
remember it is completely free! We have a direct link to the official site on each
Campus Profile.
Calculate your estimated out-of-pocket cost for a college
Colleges are required by U.S. law to provide a Net Price Calculator on their webiste. We
provide a direct link to the specific one used by each university.
While the public colleges use the one provided by College for All Texans, the private
schools have their own. Since financial aid can make a more significant difference
in sticker price and net price at a private institution, it is important to take time and
determine the real cost using their Net Price Calculator.
Just click on the calculator icon and enter your information to find out what other
students -- like yourself -- paid to attend the institution during the previous year.
By taking your anticipated financial aid into account, this will be the net price -the price you actually pay the university.
TX OnCourse: Financial Aid - Website w/resources for TX students
NAFSFAA: Great resources on the site for financial aid professionals
GenTX: Financial Aid Guide - “Find Your Way to Pay” written for TX students
FAFSA: Step-by-Step Instructions
TAFSA - TAFSA is for students who cannot file a FAFSA due to citizenship status


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