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- Dec 16, 2019

Do you want a chance to get a $1,000, participate in our Financial Four Scholarship drawing!

Scholarships & Financial Aid will be holding a drawing at the end of June 2020 to award $1,000 scholarships to 10 students. Students will have four different steps to complete. The students that participate will get an entry into a scholarship drawing for every step completed. Students will only receive one entry per step, for a maximum of four entries. 

There is no application or entry form for this drawing. You will receive an email after the deadline of each step to notify you of your entry in the scholarship drawing. The scholarship will be awarded to the 2020-2021 school year for the students who receive it. 

Visit the Financial Four Scholarship Drawing webpage.

- Nov 12, 2019

Use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to complete you FAFSA. It allows you to populate your FAFSA with your 2018 federal income tax data. It takes less time to complete the FAFSA and reduces the chance of having to submit more information later. Make sure you and/or your parent, if applicable, electronically sign the FAFSA.

Watch for communications from our office on any further documents needed from you. Do NOT send anything until we request it. Submit all requested documents as soon as possible to ensure you are awarded quickly and so there will be no delay on your Fall 2020 financial aid being released to you. 

You can complete your FAFSA at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. The priority date is January 15, 2020.

- Nov 12, 2019

You can now complete the eTASFA online through your Howdy Portal.

Step 1: Sign into howdy.tamu.edu, and click on the My Finances Tab
Step 2: Click on the link for the eTASFA application in the Student TASFA section and select the 2020-2021 academic year.
Step 3: Complete your 2020-2021 eTASFA! The application will save your information as you go, so you can return to complete it later.
Step 4: Have your parent e-sign your eTASFA. (Note: Your parent must have Parent Access to financial aid information in Howdy to sign the application. Visit the Parent Howdy Account page for instructions on setting up Parent Access. Or you can print your application for your parent to sign and then upload it through the Financial Aid Portal.
Step 5: After October 18th, additional required documents will be requested in your Financial Aid Portal. Upload all required documents to complete your application.

Watch for communications from our office on any further documents needed from you. Do NOT send anything until we request it. Submit all requested documents as soon as possible to ensure you are awarded quickly and so there will be no delay on your Fall 2020 financial aid being released to you.

- Oct 08, 2019

In a new report, the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission “recommends that institutions of higher education require mandatory financial literacy courses.” It is about time. View the article "It’s time for colleges to require mandated financial literacy courses".

- Aug 19, 2019

If you come across a job that makes you think that it’s too good to be true, there’s a good chance that it probably is. College students are a prime target for job scammers, and should be aware of potential scams floating around in the job market.

All jobs and contacts on the Jobs for Aggies are reviewed and checked for legitimacy by Texas A&M staff prior to being posted on the job board.

The TAMU Student Employment Office makes no particular recommendations regarding employers. We make no representations or guarantees about positions posted by this office. We are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment. Students are urged to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting private, off-campus employment. Student Employment staff members are available for consultation on how to research prospective employers.

- Aug 01, 2019

STUDENT LOAN COUNSELING is mandated by law for those who borrow federal loans to pay for college or graduate school. Yet each year, students graduate or leave school unaware of how much money they borrowed, or worse, that they have debt at all.

To more effectively educate students and temper overborrowing, legislators are considering additional student loan counseling requirements – a piece of the puzzle in addressing the nation's overwhelming student loan debt.

This could be in the form of annual mandatory loan counseling, or more targeted counseling for students hitting certain financial milestones or who are exhibiting signs they may be at risk of making a financial misstep.

View the full article on Student Loan Counseling.

- May 02, 2019

Lacking the skills needed to make informed financial decisions hurts individuals and the economy. What can advisers do to help?

View the article on Financial Literacy.

- May 01, 2019

The money will help students whose lives were upended by Hurricane Harvey and who slipped through the existing safety net at campuses in College Station, Galveston, Kingsville, Prairie View and Corpus Christi.

To view the full article, visit the Qatar Harvey Fund article.

- Mar 20, 2019

"It’s one of the oldest cons around. Come up with the cash to pay a small fee up front, and there is a big pot of money just waiting for you," Acorns reports

"You might recognize this classic grift from some of its common versions, which often appear out of the blue in your email inbox. Your long-lost uncle has named you in his will! You won an overseas lottery! Or that timeless classic—a Nigerian prince needs your help getting cash out of his country!

The name for these is 'advance fee scams,' and unfortunately for college students, there is another variety: The scholarship scam.

To view the article, Watch Out for These 3 Red Flags of Scholarship Scams.

- Aug 28, 2018

Con artists love to take advantage of anyone who is stressed out during the days leading up to the next semester. So, the scams need to be discussed each and every year as the kids go off to college. 

To view the full article, visit https://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2018/08/22/back-school-scams-financial-aid/1040177002/

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