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If you are in need of financial assistance, make sure your FAFSA lists Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University's federal school code is 003632.

The FAFSA must be completed on or after October 1 for you to receive financial aid for the upcoming academic year. For priority consideration, submit your FAFSA by March 15. The online FAFSA is located at fafsa.gov. In most cases, the online FAFSA can be received by Texas A&M within one week of submission. The paper version of the FAFSA can be obtained from your high school counselor or at Paper FAFSA for 2018-2019. The paper FAFSA can take 3-5 weeks to be sent to Texas A&M. We recommend completing the online FAFSA for quicker results. More information on how to fill out the FAFSA can be found at 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA.
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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
FAFSA Application Process
  • The FAFSA is available October 1 for the following school year.
  • You must submit a completed FAFSA in order to be considered for federal/state grants and student loans.
  • You may complete the FAFSA using fafsa.gov as well as by using the Paper FAFSA for 2018-2019.
  • The online version can be signed electronically using a FSA ID.
  • The priority deadline for Texas A&M University is March 15.
The FSA ID (a user name and password) must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have a FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to fafsa.gov.

The security of your FSA ID is important. Your FSA ID can be used to:
  • Electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents,
  • Access your personal records, and
  • Make binding legal obligations.
Student Aid Report (SAR)
A SAR is a recap of the information provided on the FAFSA. You should receive it in the mail within four weeks. If you do not receive your SAR, please check online at fafsa.gov or call (800) 433-3243. If you would like to receive the SAR electronically, be sure you provide your email address on the FAFSA. You will receive the SAR electronically within a few days after your information is processed. Your email address will be shared with each of the schools listed on the FAFSA so correspondence can be received from them as well. Texas A&M officially corresponds with students through their assigned Texas A&M Gmail account. For more information about your Texas A&M Gmail account please log onto google.tamu.edu. You may sign up for a Texas A&M Gmail account once you have been admitted to TAMU.
In 2001, legislation was passed by the State of Texas to allow certain categories of foreign students to meet state requirements for residency. This classification enables these students to pay resident tuition and fee rates while attending public institutions of higher education in Texas in addition to meeting residency requirements for some state financial aid programs.

To receive this classification, you must be able to meet one of the three criteria below.
  • You must hold a visa that enables you to domicile in the United States*. You (or your parent, if you are a dependent) must be gainfully employed in Texas for at least 12 months preceding enrollment.
  • You (regardless of INS status) have petitioned for permanent residency status (have filed an I-130 or I-140).
  • You have resided in Texas for 36 consecutive months leading up to graduation from high school or the receipt of a GED certificate, living at least part of that time with a parent or court-appointed legal guardian. You have not established a residence in another state or location and have not taken ANY college hours prior to fall 2001 that required admission to an institution of higher education. (This includes hours taken through dual enrollment while attending high school).
Residency is determined by the Office of the Registrar.  For more information on eligibility requirements and the Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident, please view Residency for Tuition Purposes. If you qualify for Resident status based on the criteria, you are eligible to apply for State aid. For more information and to apply, please download the TASFA from the Forms page.

*For more information regarding visas that enable you to domicile in the United States, please view the table of Immigration Visa Types.
When applying for federal student aid, the information you report on the FAFSA is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The formula used to calculate your EFC is established by law and is used to measure your family's financial strength on the basis of your family's income, assets, family size and number of family members in post-secondary education. The EFC is used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid as well as other student aid programs. Cost of Attendance (COA) is also referred to as a budget. Financial need is determined by subtracting the EFC from the COA. Please see the formula below.

    Cost of Attendance (COA)
-   Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
=  Financial Need

Your eligibility for need-based aid is determined by subtracting other outside financial assistance (scholarships) from the calculated financial need. Students are not allowed to receive aid that exceeds their Cost of Attendance.

    Cost of Attendance (COA)
-   Financial Aid Awarded So Far*
=  Eligibility for Non-need-based Aid

*Includes aid from all sources, including private scholarships
What Happens Next?
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If you are enrolled in summer courses at Texas A&M, we encourage you to complete the Summer Supplement on howdy.tamu.edu. Click the My Finances tab and enter the Financial Aid Portal. The Summer Supplement is available the spring prior to the summer session and must be submitted online. Summer awarding is on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, it is important to get all required information submitted as soon as possible. The FAFSA from the previous fall and spring semester must be on file in order to determine your financial aid eligibility.

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