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FAFSA

To apply for federal, state, and institutional financial aid, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing the FAFSA is free, easy to complete, and gives you access to the largest sources of financial aid to pay for college. Be sure to include the Texas A&M University School Code of 003632 so we get your information.

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The online FAFSA can be found at fafsa.gov. This is the best way to make sure you FAFSA gets submitted quickly and securely. You will need to log in with your FSA ID (or create a new ID if this is your first time). This can be used to log into many different Department of Education sites, so make sure to remember this ID and password.

If for some reason you cannot complete the FAFSA online, you can fill out the paper version. While the online FAFSA is typically received by Texas A&M within one week, the paper version may take up to 3-5 weeks to be received and processed, so we recommend submitting online when possible.
 
Financial aid funds are limited, so the earlier you can submit your FAFSA, the better! Remember: the FAFSA must be completed each year in order for you to receive financial aid.

The FAFSA is available for the 2017-2018 year starting on October 1, 2016. For 2018-2019, the FAFSA will open on October 1, 2017.
Here are some recommended submission dates:
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Semester
Aid Needed
FAFSA

Recommended
Submission Date

Fall 2017 2017-2018 March 15, 2017
Spring 2018 2017-2018 September 30, 2017
Summer 2018 2017-2018 February 1, 2018
Fall 2018 2018-2019 December 15, 2017
Spring 2019 2018-2019 September 30, 2018
Summer 2019 2018-2019 February 1, 2019
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Occasionally, unusual circumstances may exist that warrant a review of a student's dependency status. Please contact us via email at financialaid@tamu.edu or by telephone at 979.845.3236 for more information.

Per Federal regulations, Scholarships & Financial Aid cannot consider the following conditions as an extenuating circumstance for a dependency status change:
  • Parents refuse to contribute to the student’s education;
  • Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification;
  • Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes;
  • Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency.
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an evaluation of your family’s ability to contribute to college expenses. The EFC is calculated using a formula established by law. All the financial information you provide on the FAFSA is considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year. Schools use the EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and financial aid award.

Note: Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by the school to calculate the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive.
The FAFSA asks for income information from two years ago, but we understand that a lot can change in two years. If you experienced a change in your financial situation, we may be able to review your application to take this into account. Please see extenuating circumstances for more details.