TASFA is the Texas Application for State Financial Aid and is available to students who do not qualify for the FAFSA based on residency status. The TASFA is a application for state-funded grants, such as:
The TASFA only provides access to funding in the form of state grants, and the grants you may be eligible for can differ by school. You must be a citizen or permanent resident to qualify for federal or state loans. Scholarships are also not included in state aid from the TASFA, and you must apply for scholarships through individual programs or through your school.
You are eligible to file the TASFA if you meet the residency status requirements of the House Bill 1403/Senate Bill 1528 and attend a qualifying public college in Texas. You may file either the FAFSA or the TASFA based on your U.S. citizenship/residency status, but not both.
To qualify for in-state residency status, you must meet all of the following conditions:
- You must hold a visa that enables you to reside in the U.S.
- You have filed an I-130 or I-140, petitioning for permanent residency status.
- You have resided in Texas for 3 years prior to high school graduation or receipt of a GED. During this time you must have lived at least part time with a parent or court-appointed legal guardian.
- You cannot have established a residence in another state and cannot have any college hours prior to fall 2001.
If you meet the above qualifications, you can apply for state aid by filing the TASFA application. Note that qualifying for application eligibility does not guarantee funding — you still need to submit your application.
Additionally, qualifying applicants must be registered with the selective service (males only) and have filed taxes (if required by the IRS).
How to Apply
To apply for Texas state financial aid, you will need to complete the TASFA form. The TASFA is not available online at this time, but is available to download in PDF format. Download the TASFA form now.
Once your application is complete, you should mail it to your school's financial aid office. To check on the status of your application, follow up with a financial aid contact at your school.
The TASFA does not follow FAFSA deadlines because Texas state funding is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible, beginning January 1. To make the most of TASFA funding, it's best to apply by March 15th each year.
Can I apply for FAFSA and TASFA?
No. The TASFA was created to help students who do not qualify to file the FAFSA. Use the chart below to determine which application you should file.
|If your residency status is:||File the:|
|Permanent resident with an Alien Registration Card (I-551)||FAFSA|
|Eligible noncitizen with an Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) showing either: Refugee, Asylum granted, Parolee (min. one year), or Cuban-Haitian entrant.||FAFSA|
|None of the above, but you have been classified as a Texas resident and therefore are eligible to pay the Texas in-state tuition rate.*||TASFA|
*Your classification as a Texas resident must NOT be due to an in-state scholarship or assistantship
How often do I need to submit my TASFA?
The TASFA should be submitted every year you plan to apply for aid. The form for the upcoming year becomes available each January, just like the FAFSA.
Who can I contact if I have questions about TASFA?
You should contact the Texas Financial Aid Information Center at 1-888-311-8881 or your school's financial aid office.