Pay For College
The cost to attend college varies by institution, but there are several sources of financial aid (money specifically for college) available to students. The primary way to find out what types of financial aid you are eligible to receive is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). You should complete the FAFSA or the TASFA, not both. Which one is right for you? Find out below.
FAFSAStudents who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens are able to complete the FAFSA beginning October 1st of their senior year in high school. Students and parents should complete the FAFSA before March 15th in order to meet financial aid deadlines at many Texas colleges.
- Before Senior Year, Use the FAFSA4Caster to Get a Federal Aid Estimate
- Senior year, Complete the FAFSA at FAFSA.ed.gov
- Order Tax Transcripts so You're Prepared if Selected for Verification - a process used to verify certain information on the FAFSA to ensure its accuracy
- Selected for verification? Follow the steps in this flyer to get through the verification process and to your financial aid awards!
- Five Things to Do After Filing Your FAFSA
- Five Things To Know About How Financial Aid is Awarded
TASFAStudents who are not eligible for federal financial aid, but are classified as Texas residents, can fill out the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). Students can then mail a copy of the TASFA to the financial aid office of each university to which they applied. Here's a list of colleges accepting the TASFA.
- 2018-19 TASFA Application and Instructions: English, Spanish
- Order Tax Transcripts since many colleges require them for TASFA applications.
- Scholarship Resources for DACA and DREAMer students
- UndocuResources by North Texas Dream Team
- Financial Aid Questions and Answers for Undocumented Students
See your college advisor or counselor for assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications.
After completing the FAFSA or TASFA, many students get selected for a process called verification. The verification process requires colleges and universitites to collect documentation from students to verify that the information provided on the FAFSA or TASFA is accurate. Here are two resources to help students who have been selected for verification get through the process and to financial aid awards:
- Dallas ISD's Scholarships page and Scholarship Tips Sheet
- Dallas ISD Steps to Financial Aid Flyer
- Dallas County Promise Scholarship
- Search for scholarships:
- U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship Finder
- Communities Foundation of Texas Scholarships and application tips
- College Board Scholarship Search
- Peterson's Scholarship Search
- Fastweb Scholarship Search
- Unigo Scholarship Search
- Scholarships.com Scholarship Search
- SallieMae Scholarship Search
- Learn about scholarships specifically for students who plan to attend one of the Dallas County Community Colleges (DCCCD).
- 2017-18 TASFA Application and Instructions: English, Spanish
- How To Pay for College Tips from The Common Application
- Find detailed information about completing the FAFSA at StudentAid.gov/fafsa.
- Determine your dependency status for the FAFSA.
- College For All Texans Financial Aid Resources
- Resources for Homeless Youth
- Order tax transcripts here.
Watch FAFSA How-To Videos:
- Video - How to Create an FSA ID
- Video - FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents
- Video - Overview of the Financial Aid Process
- Video - FAFSA Overview
- Video - How to Fill Out the FAFSA
- Video - After the FAFSA: What Happens Next
- Video - FAFSA: Determining Your Dependency Status
- Video - Federal Student Aid - Myths About Financial Aid
- Video - What to Do If I Forget My FSA ID Username
Academic & Financial Preparation Checklists: