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Applying for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid has never been easier with TSTC’s step-by-step instructions guiding you through the application process.  But don’t worry if you still have questions, TSTC’s Enrollment Coaches are available to help with a one-on-one consultation, through email or by phone.

 
And remember, the key to obtaining financial assistance is to apply as early as possible. Submitting your FAFSA is only the first step in applying for federal student aid.

 
To ensure that an aid package is available and ready, TSTC recommends that the completed file be received at the College by according to the following schedule:

 Fall term: Apply by June 1

 Spring term: Apply by November 1

  Summer term: Apply by April 1

FAFSA CODE for all TSTC Locations: 003634

You will need to complete a FAFSA for each academic year. 

 

If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. You should fill it out as soon as possible by following the instructions on the official government site, https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa


It’ll be easier to complete the FAFSA form if you gather what you need ahead of time. Below is what you will need to complete the FAFSA.

 

1. Your FSA ID*

An FSA ID is a username and password that you can use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Each student, and one parent of each dependent student, will need an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA process.  You can access the site by clicking on the “Create an FSA ID” button below.  We recommend creating your FSA ID early—even before you are ready to complete the FAFSA form—to avoid delays in the process.

Click here to watch a tutorial on creating your FSA ID.

Do I need my parents information? Click here to find out.

For step-by-step instructions, watch How to Create Your FSA ID.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT create an FSA ID on behalf of someone else. That means parents should not create FSA IDs for their children and vice versa. Doing so may result in issues signing and submitting the FAFSA form and could lead to financial aid delays. (Also, it’s against the rules to create an FSA ID for someone else.)
 

To summarize:

 

2. Your Social Security number (and your parents', if dependent)

If you don’t have access to it, and don’t know where it is, ask your parent or legal guardian or get a replacement card from the Social Security Administration. If you are not a U.S. citizen, but meet Federal Student Aid’s basic eligibility requirements, you’ll also need your Alien Registration number.

 

3. Your driver’s license number

You can find the number on your driver’s license.  If you don’t have a driver’s license, then don’t worry about this step.
 

4. Your (and your spouse's, if married) Income Tax Return. Your parents' tax records if you are a dependent.

When a Student is Attending College (School Year)

When a Student Can Submit a FAFSA

Which Year’s Income and Tax Information is Required

August 2020 – July 2021
(2020-2021 FAFSA

October 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021

2018

August 2021 – July 2022
(2021-2022 FAFSA)

October 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022

2019

 

Here's how the IRS DRT process works, assuming your tax information is available:

  1. The IRS DRT takes you to the IRS website, where you’ll need to provide your name and other information exactly as you provided it on your tax return. Some information will be prepopulated from your FAFSA form.
  2. At the IRS site, you’ll see a page that indicates that your tax information is available. (For security and privacy protections, you won’t see the actual information.)  You can choose to import your information into the FAFSA form, or you can cancel your request and return to the FAFSA site.
  3. If you choose to import your information into the FAFSA form, you’ll find that on the FAFSA site, instead of your tax information being displayed, you’ll see “Transferred from the IRS” in the appropriate fields. You won’t be able to make changes to those answers.


Using the IRS DRT saves you time and effort:

 


5. Records of your untaxed income inlcuding child support paid or received

The FAFSA questions about untaxed income may or may not apply to you, but they include things like child support received, interest income, and veterans’ non-education benefits. Find specific details for students and parents.
 

6. Records of your assets (money), W-2 forms

This includes savings and checking account balances, as well as the value of investments such as stocks and bonds and real estate (except the home in which your family lives). You should report the current amounts as of the date you sign the FAFSA form.

Note: Misreporting the value of investments is a common FAFSA mistake. Please carefully review what is and is not considered a student investment and parent investment to make sure you don’t over- or under-report. You may be surprised by what can (and cannot) be excluded.
 

7. TSTC’s school code for all campuses - 003634

8. Check the status of your submitted FAFSA

 

Your Next Steps

After you apply for Financial Aid

Being notified about your financial aid offer

Helpful hints

Declare a major.

Note: Financial aid will not be credited to your student account until all official transcripts are received.


Pre-register

If you register early, your financial aid, if processed, will be credited to your student account prior to the start of the term.


NOTE: Aircraft Pilot Training (APT) students must submit a copy of their Class II Medical Certificate before they can be admitted to the program. APT student budgets are adjusted to reflect flight costs. Any APT student who does not fly for a term may lose the budget adjustment.

TSTC Verification Policy

The TSTC Financial Aid Office verifies all financial aid applicants who are selected for verification by the Central Processing System along with any other students that may be selected by the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office WILL NOT award aid to a student until the verification process has been completed.

Students who are selected for verification will receive an email listing the forms that must be submitted and any other information that must be submitted.  Students are able to submit their missing documents electronically by logging into their Student Self-Service account, selecting the correct award year and complete the required documents. Students may also obtain these forms online or may pick up the forms in the Enrollment Center.

If you are selected for verification, we encourage you to submit the documents to our office as quickly as possible.  We perform verification in the order in which files become complete. Please remember that you will NOT receive any financial aid until this process has been completed!

During the verification process, we may determine that we need additional documentation. If so, you will receive another email notification. Once again, please respond quickly.

As a result of verification, we may be required to make changes to the information that you reported on your FAFSA. If that happens, you will receive another Student Aid Report that shows what changes were made. You can contact our office if you have any questions about why changes were made.

After the verification process is completed, your financial aid will be processed and we will send you an email regarding your award offer.

 

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