College Financial Aid & Scholarship Information

How much will it cost to go to college in Texas?

You may review and compare the costs of public and private, 2-year and 4-year Texas colleges at the following website: www.collegefortexans.com

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

FAFSA – To apply for student financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).This provides the information the financial aid office at your college or university needs to determine your financial need for federal and state programs, including the TEXAS Grant. Apply as soon as possible after October 1st of your senior year; funding is limited.

FastWeb

FastWeb lists over 1.3 million scholarships totaling $3 billion. This FREE web-based scholarship search service lists itself as the most complete source of local, national, and college-specific scholarships anywhere. Once students complete their personal profiles, FastWeb provides customized lists of matching colleges, scholarships and more via email. Scholarships may be organized by type, deadline, dollar amount, and more. Additionally, students may find the right school by matching location, academic offerings, enrollment, setting, sports, and more through the FastWeb College Search.

TEXAS Grant Program

TEXAS Grant Program: Towards Excellence, Access and Success (TEXAS) Grant Program: A TEXAS Grant may be used to attend any public institution of higher education in Texas. The award amount (including state and institutional funds) is equal to the student's tuition and required fees. You apply for the TEXAS Grant when you complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or other application as required by your college's financial aid office. Funding is limited, so you need to submit your application as soon as possible after January 1 of your senior year. The financial aid office at each college and university will determine if TEXAS Grant is part of the aid package that is offered to you.

RECOGNIZING SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS
  • A Scammer:
    •       - States you’ve won an award for which you didn’t apply
    •       - Does not supply valid contact information
    •       - Guarantees you will win an award
    •       - Requires personal financial information (such as credit card numbers or checking account numbers) to "verify" or
    •         "hold" a scholarship
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  • A legitimate scholarship service:
    •       - Sends information about awards when you request it.
    •       - Makes contact information available upon request
    •       - Does not guarantee you will win an award
    •       - Should not direct you to a fee-based provider; they know that financial aid information is readily available for free

  • Quick Scam Warnings:
    •       - A fee
    •       - A “money-back guarantee”
    •       - Requests for your credit card or bank account