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 2019-2020

Priority Deadlines:     State Grants - January 15th      Fall - January 15th       Spring - November 1

The following documentation must be submitted to The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to be considered for 2019-2020 financial aid:

    • Selective Service Verification of Registration for male students.
    • Student income tax transcript.
    • Parent income tax transcript- for dependent students.
    • Parent W-2 forms- for dependent students.
    • Dependent Verification form for dpendent students or Independent Verification form for independent students.

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.

Starting in 2019-2020 application cycle, two large changes have occurred to the application process. 

    • Students will be able to submit a FAFSA .  Students will be able to file a 2019-2020 FASFA as early as Oct. 1, 2018, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2019. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. 
    • Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2019–2020 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2019–2020 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2017 income information, rather than their 2018 income information.

FAFSA deadlines

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 1st, 2019-June 30th, 2020 2019-2020 October 1st, 2018-June 30th, 2020 2017
July 1st, 2020-June 30th, 2021 2020-2021 October 1st, 2019-June 30th, 2021 2018
July 1st, 2021-June 30th, 2022 2021-2022 October 1st, 2020-June 30th, 2022 2019

It is the responsibility of the student to have other resources available should the financial assistance awarded not cover the total educational expense.