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- Jun 02, 2016

The FAFSA for the 2017-2018 school year will be available on October 1, 2016 and will be using Prior Prior Year data.  For more information visit nasfaa.org/early_fafsa.

- May 11, 2016

Summer awarding has begun. To be awarded for Summer 2016 you must be enrolled at least half time and have a complete file. Check the Financial Aid Portal at howdy.tamu.edu and select the 1516 award year. Please contact our office at 979-845-3236 if you have any questions. 

- May 11, 2016

As you are registering for classes please note that Federal Regulations require only coursework that counts toward your degree be used in determining your hours of enrollment for financial aid purposes. Courses taken that do not count towards your degree may require an adjustment to your cost of attendance and financial aid awards.

For example:
  • If you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and enrolled in 12 hours and only 9 hours of the 12 hours are required for your degree, you will receive your Federal Pell Grant based on 9 hours. Your Federal Pell Grant payment will be reduced based on courses that apply to your degree program.
  • Federal Direct Loans for undergraduates require 6 hours of enrollment. If you are enrolled in 12 hours and only 3 hours of the 12 are required for your degree, you cannot receive a Federal Direct Loan.
See this link for a list of funds and their enrollment requirements.

Students in degree seeking programs are responsible for working with their advisors to ensure courses are degree applicable. Students may run a degree evaluation in the Howdy portal under the Degree Evaluations channel using the View Degree Evaluation link. A tutorial on degree evaluations can be found on the My Record tab. In order for minor coursework to be considered, you must have declared your minor with your academic advisor. Declared minors will appear in your degree evaluation.

Colleges and departments are responsible for guiding students through the degree evaluation process and should be the first point of contact with questions regarding course use in programs. Questions regarding courses counting towards your intended degree should be directed to your academic advisor. 

- Apr 25, 2016

When will I be awarded financial aid for 2016-2017?
Please ensure your file is complete by visiting howdy.tamu.edu and checking your Financial Aid Portal. Awards will not post if files are incomplete.

Awarding is happening weekly for the following groups: College Station and Galveston Freshman, College Station Transfer and New Graduate students, Law 1st year, 4th year Vet Med
Early May: Galveston Transfer and New Graduates, Dental Professional (DDS) and Medicine 4th year
Late May: Pharmacy 4th year
Early June: Medicine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and College Station and Galveston Continuing students
Mid June: Baylor College of Dentistry: Graduates/Masters/Certificate Programs Dental Hygiene Undergraduates, Pharmacy 1st, 2nd, 3rd Year, Law 2nd year  and 3rd year, Veterinary Medicine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
Early July: Nursing Graduate and Undergraduate


- Feb 25, 2016

Students should be aware of potential tax scams. Visit the IRS website to read up on the latest tax scams and consumer alerts.

- Feb 17, 2016

How did your first round of exams turn out? Do you need tutoring and want help paying for it? If you are eligible for VA education benefits and need help in a subject, you can get supplemental payments for tutorial assistance. See our website or contact the VSO for more information on tutorial reimbursement.  

- Feb 05, 2016

Each winter, students across the country begin the process of applying for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Throughout the month of February, the higher education community, including NASFAA, celebrates Financial Aid Awareness Month, in an effort to provide crucial information to students and families about access to federal, state, and institutional student aid. For more information, click here.

- Feb 05, 2016

In a $1.1 trillion spending bill released late Tuesday night, congressional leaders have reached a compromise for government funding for federal fiscal year (FY) 2016. Coupled with the “Omnibus” spending package, a bill to extend several major tax breaks is also expected to move through the House and Senate before members depart for their holiday recess. For more information, click here.

- Feb 05, 2016

Congratulations! You submitted your 2016–17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! Wondering what happens next? Find out about a few things to look out for here.

- Jan 27, 2016

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for REAP benefits. This change affects beneficiaries differently. Please see the VA website for more information. 

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