Applying for Financial Aid
|Priority Deadlines: Fall - March 15 Spring - November 1 Summer - May 1|
Students should always be on the lookout for financial aid opportunities. One way to make the most of these opportunities is to complete the financial aid application process. Applying for Financial Aid should begin as soon as possible. Allow for considerable amount of time to complete the process to be considered when applying for financial aid.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is valid for an academic year. The academic year is the 365 day period that begins with the first day of the Fall Semester and ends with the day before the first day of the following Fall Semester. It comprises the Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters in sequential order, beginning with the Fall Semester. Regarding the completion of degree requirements, an academic year for a given student is the completion of two full semesters, normally Fall and Spring. For the purpose of awarding Federal Student Aid, the definition of an Academic Year at Texas A&M University – San Antonio is 24 credits and 30 weeks.
Changes to the FAFSA Process for 2017-2018
Submit a FAFSA earlier
Students will be able to submit a 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016 rather than January 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to submit their FAFSAs as early as October 1 every year.
Use earlier income and tax information
Beginning 2017-2018, students will report income and tax information from a earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income and tax information, rather than their 2016 income and tax information.
Summary of FAFSA changes
|If You Plan to Attend College From||You Will Submit This FAFSA||You Can Submit the FAFSA 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|
Five Steps to Financial Aid Success
Apply for an FSA ID
An FSA ID allows students and parents to confirm their identity when accessing financial aid information and electronically sign federal student aid documents. (If you are a dependent student, your parents will also need an FSA ID as well.) Apply online at fsaid.ed.gov
Complete the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Texas A&M University-San Antonio federal school code is 042485. By completing a FASFA, you may be considered for both federal and state financial aid. There are three primary types of financial aid which include grants, loans, and scholarships. Apply for scholarships by visiting www.tamusa.edu/scholarships
Review the SAR for errors
Once the FAFSA is completed, the Department of Education processing center returns a Student Aid Report (SAR) to you via e-mail in about 7-10 working days to the email address provided on the FAFSA. You should keep a copy of this SAR for your records. The schools you listed will also receive an electronic version of your SAR. If your SAR contains errors, you will need to log back into your FAFSA and issue a correction online using your FSA ID.
Check your status on JagWire
Monitor your application status online on JagWire. The U.S. Department of Education may select you for the verification process. If selected, we will request specific documents to complete your financial aid application. We also will notify you of any additional documentation that may be required.
Accept your award online
You will be notified via e-mail (through your Jaguar email account) when you have been awarded financial aid. You will then be able to accept or decline your financial aid awards through JagWire. Please continue to check JagWire on your financial aid eligibility. Grants and scholarships will be readily available but any loans you have been awarded may need additional requirements before they can disburse.
It is the responsibility of the student to have other resources available should the financial assistance awarded not cover the total educational expense.