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How to Apply for Financial Aid

General Instructions

A student should apply on or after January 1 of the year they plan to attend college. 

To apply for financial aid at Tarleton State University, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically.  There is no charge for processing the FAFSA.  It is free.  Some students will not have to complete an entire FAFSA, but can use a Renewal FAFSA, preprinted with last year's data, and simply change or add information as needed.

For the summer semesters only, you must also complete a summer office application.  These applications are available in the Financial Aid Office. 

FAFSA on the Web is a free U. S. Department of Education web site where you can complete a FAFSA online and submit it via the Internet.  The Internet address is www.fafsa.ed.gov.

After your electronic data is received the Financial Aid Office will:

  • Review the data for completion and data integrity
  • Request additional documents and/or missing information if necessary.
  • Evaluate and verify reasonable academic progress
  • Determine your Cost of Attendance (COA) budget
  • Make an award package based on your academic and financial eligibility and the availability of aid funds.

Your award notification will be available online through myGateway.

Verification

We recommend that all the records and other materials used to complete the FAFSA are saved because the student may need to provide a copy of this information to the Department of Student Financial Aid.  If selected for verification, a copy of your, your spouse's (if applicable), and your parents' (if considered to be a dependent student) U.S. IRS Income Tax Return Transcripts, W-2 forms, and/or other information must be submitted to our department.  By signing the FAFSA, you have agreed, if asked, to provide information that will verify the accuracy of your completed form.

If this information is not provided, the student will not receive financial aid.  If a student is awarded and receives financial aid based on incorrect information, the student will have to pay it back.

You may request a copy of Tarleton State University's Verification Policy from the Tarleton State University Student Financial Aid Office.

What is it and why was I selected?

Verification is the process used to ensure the accuracy of certain information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at the time of its submission.  Reasons for selection may include:  application has incomplete data, application data appears to contradict itself and/or application has estimated income information on it.  Some students are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education and others are selected by the school.   While several factions can trigger the verification process, it is basically a random selection.   Keep in mind that you will be given an estimated award, but until your information has been received and verified, your aid package may change and will not appear on your Tarleton account.  To find out what forms or information you need to turn in to the Student Financial Aid Office, go to MyGateway to review notifications of needed documentation.