TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid)


Program Eligibility

The Texas A&M University-San Antonio Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is committed to helping all our students attain their educational goals by providing quality assistance in addressing their financial needs. As specified by Senate Bill 1528, state law permits students that are neither US citizens,  nor permanent residents to be classified as Texas residents for admissions and financial aid purposes, thus making them eligible for state aid.

Certain categories of foreign-born and immigrant students in the State of Texas can meet state requirements for residency under Texas Education Code. This state law allows House Bill 1403 and Senate Bill 1528 students to pay the resident tuition rate while attending public institutions of higher education in Texas, and be classified as state residents for tuition purposes. As Texas residents, such students are eligible to apply for some student financial aid programs offered by the State of Texas.

To qualify for this program, students must meet the below criteria:

    • Must have lived in Texas at least three years before receiving their high school (in Texas) diploma or GED
    • Must have lived in Texas at least three years before enrolling in a public college/ university (in Texas)
    • Must submit an Affidavit of Intent with the Office of Admissions declaring that they will apply for permanent residence in the United States as soon as the student becomes eligible.
    • Male students between the ages of 18-26 must register with Selective Service.

Applying for Aid 2016-2017

Priority Deadlines:     State Grants - March 15       Fall - May 1*       Spring - November 1
*Fall deadline extended to June 1 

 

The following documentation must be submitted to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to be considered for 2016-2017 financial aid:

Since funding is limited, not all eligible students who apply will be awarded state grants. We encourage all students to apply and complete their financial aid paperwork as soon as possible to maximize their chances of receiving an award.

Applying for Aid 2017-2018 

Starting in 2017-2018 application cycle, two large changes have occurred to the application process. 

    • Students will be able to submit a TASFA earlier.  Students will be able to file a 2017–2018 TASFA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a TASFA as early as October 1 every year. 
    • Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–2018 TAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
Summary of Changes

If You Plan to Attend College From  You Will Submit This TASFA You Can Submit the TASFA From Using Income and Tax Information From
July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 2016-2017 January 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 2015
July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 2017-2018 October 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 2015
July 1, 2018-June 30, 2018 2018-2019 October 1, 2017-June 30, 2019 2016

The following documentation must be submitted to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to be considered for 2017-2018 financial aid: 

    • Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)
    • Selective Service Verification of Registration for male students
    • Verification form- available in December
    • Student 2015 income tax transcript
    • Student 2015 W-2 forms
    • Parent 2015 income tax transcript- for dependent students only
    • Parent 2015 W-2 forms- for dependent students only

Since funding is limited, not all eligible students who apply will be awarded state grants. We encourage all students to apply and complete their financial aid paperwork as soon as possible to maximize their chances of receiving an award.