Types of Aid
Financial aid is money that helps you pay for college. Financial aid can be a combination of scholarships, grants, loans and work study.
- Scholarships and grants are “free money” that you do not need to repay.
- Loans need to be paid back when you enroll less than half-time or you graduate.
- A part-time job can also help you pay for school and living expenses.
By submitting a financial aid application and a scholarship application, you are reviewed for all the types of financial aid that you are eligible for. Each student is eligible for different kinds of financial aid. The types of financial aid you are offered is based on the data provided on your financial aid and/or scholarship application.
Financial aid is either need-based or non-need based. Financial need, and need-based aid eligibility, is determined by subtracting the EFC from the COA. Cost of Attendance (COA) minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC) equals Financial Need. Students are not allowed to receive aid that exceeds their Cost of Attendance.
The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is a program administered by the State of Texas to provide assistance to students with financial need, seeking a first bachelor's degree, graduate degree or professional degree. This is a grant, and it does not have to be repaid. The International Texas Public Education Grant is awarded to international students only. The International TPEG is a grant program and funds do not have to be repaid.
The International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) is open for the 2020-2021 school year. The priority date for the 2020-2021 ISFAA was June 17, 2020. You can find the ISFAA on the Forms
page. The 2021-2022 school year application will be available in late January 2021.
The Short-term Loan Program is funded by the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students, the Texas A&M University Class of 1926, University departments, as well as colleges and friends of Texas A&M University.
Short-term loan funds assist students who experience temporary financial difficulty in connection with educational or educationally related expenses other than tuition and required fees.
- You must be enrolled at least half-time.
- Graduate Students – 5 hours for fall and spring; 3 hours for summer
- Undergraduate Students - 6 hours
- Blinn Team Students - 3 hours
- Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 1.5.
- Graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Interest Rate & Processing
* If the loan is unpaid after the due date, additional late charges of 0.5% per month will accrue on the unpaid principal balance until paid in full.
- 8%* simple interest per annum.
- A $10 processing charge assesses on each loan's total amount.
Right to Cancel
Because of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) of 2009, Scholarships & Financial Aid must allow a three full business day Right to Cancel period after the signed promissory note is submitted before funds are released to your student account. This will create a delay in your ability to receive short-term loan funds.
Please plan accordingly, knowing that Short-term Loan funds cannot be released for three business days after you have submitted a signed promissory note.
These loans must be repaid with interest within a prescribed repayment period ranging from one to twelve months.
If the loan is not paid in full by the due date, both transcripts and registration will be blocked until the account is paid in full. Past due loans are subject to collection fees, attorney fees, higher interest rates, as well as negative credit reports to national credit bureaus.
Information on where to repay your loan will be included on your promissory note.
If you have direct deposit (ACH) set up before applying for a Short-term loan it will take 3-5 business days from the end of the Right to Cancel period for your money to be deposited to your bank account.
You may authorize direct deposit of short-term loan funds and financial aid refunds through the Howdy Portal
via the My Finances tab. You may contact Student Business Services via telephone at 979-847-3337 for questions about your short-term loan repayment.
The application for Short-term loans is available online at sfaid.tamu.edu/stlapp.
Note: Once approved, students receive instructions via their official Texas A&M University email address email to sign a promissory note before funds release. Eligible students can use DocuSign for identity authentication to electronically sign the promissory note. Students who are not eligible to authenticate using an electronic signature receive instructions on completing the promissory note with a wet signature in the Financial Aid Office.
For more information, view Short-term Loans FAQs and Short-term Loans Acceptable Expenses.
For information visit, repaying your student loans
The Emergency Tuition and Fees Loan (ETFL) is available to help you pay your Texas A&M University tuition and required fees. This loan applies directly to your tuition and fee account when Scholarships & Financial Aid receives the signed Master Promissory Note. If you have signed a Master Promissory Note for an Emergency Tuition and Fees loan from a prior semester, you do not have to sign another promissory note.
After the loan is approved, you will receive instructions on how to sign a promissory note.
Depending upon timing, your financial aid refund may apply toward your ETFL, but this is not always the case. It is your responsibility to use any refunds issued to you to repay an outstanding ETFL and to ensure your outstanding ETFL balance is at zero by the loan due date.
- You must be enrolled in at least 1 hour at Texas A&M University.
- You must have an active Texas A&M University student email account.
- You must be clear of all financial blocks with Texas A&M University.
- You must meet minimum GPA requirements.
- Graduate Students – 3.0 minimum GPA
- Undergraduate Students - 1.5 minimum GPA
Interest Rate & Processing
- 5% simple interest rate
- A $10 processing fee is assessed on each loan. This charge will be added to the amount of the loan you are approved to receive.
Repayment terms are contingent upon the semester in which the loan posts. All payments will be due on the 15th day of the month.
If the loan is not paid in full by the due date, both transcripts and registration will be blocked until the account balance is paid in full. You may contact Student Business Services via telephone at 979-847-3337 for questions about your Emergency Tuition and Fee Loan repayment.
- Fall and Spring loans are due approximately 90 days after the loan applies to your student billing account.
- Summer loans are due approximately 30 days after the loan applies to your student billing account.
Apply online at sfaid.tamu.edu/stlapp.
Once approved for a loan, students receive instructions via email to sign a promissory note before funds release. Instructions are sent to the student’s official Texas A&M University email address. Eligible students will sign their promissory note via DocuSign. Students who are not eligible to authenticate using an electronic signature receive instructions on completing the promissory note with a wet signature.
For more information, please visit Emergency Tuition & Fees Loan FAQs.
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Scholarships are a great source of funding for your education. We encourage you to apply with organizations and scholarship providers in addition to Texas A&M. Please visit scholarships.tamu.edu
for more information.
College Station students:
The Student Employment Office is designed to help students pursue their educational goals by providing employment resources and professional development opportunities. Additionally, the Student Employment Office provides the human resources function for students and employers of students at Texas A&M University. College Station students can visit jobsforaggies.tamu.edu for more information.
The Human Resource Office assists Galveston students with employment opportunities.
The Mexican Citizens with Financial Need Waiver program was established by the State of Texas in order to permit a small number of individuals with financial need who are citizens of Mexico to enroll in a public university in Texas and pay the resident tuition rate.
Additional financial assistance for international students is available through International Student Services. Application deadlines vary. Please review each specific application for more details.
- You must be a citizen of Mexico and reside in Mexico.
- You must show financial need.
- You must attend an eligible Texas public university.
- To apply for this waiver, you must complete 2020-2021 International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) from the Forms page and have a completed application no later than the 12th class day.
- The 2021-2022 International student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) will be available January 2021.