Apply for Financial Aid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Applying is easy! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Applications for each fall semester become available as soon as January 1st of every year. We encourage you to apply as soon as you and/or your parents have completed your/their income tax return(s). Applicants also have the option to fill out and mail a FAFSA to the U. S. Department of Education, although we strongly recommend completing your application online. Financial aid computers labs are available at three locations (Pecan, Mid-Valley and Starr County Campuses) to assist students with the application process. Please see our contact information for office locations and lab hours.
What you Need to Apply
Dependent students are required to provide parental information on their FAFSA and independent students are not. Not sure you if you are a dependent or independent student? Complete the Dependency Status Worksheet to find out.
Here is a list of documents you will need:
- Your Social Security card (and your parents’, if dependent)
- Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- Your (and your spouse’s, if married) Income Tax Return
- Your Parents’ Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student)
- Your W-2 forms and other records of money earned
- Any untaxed income records including child support paid or received
- Your current bank statements
- Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
NEW! Starting with award year 2012-2013, we strongly advise you to use a new feature within the (FAFSA) "Link to IRS". This option makes applying easier because it allows you to transfer Income Tax information from the IRS directly to your FAFSA. As per the U.S. Department of Education, those who do not use this feature and are later selected for Verification will have to provide an IRS Tax Return Transcript; we will no longer accept Income Tax Return copies directly from the student.
If you completed your FAFSA online, your application will be processed as long as you (and your parents) have signed the application with a PIN or submitted a signature page. If your application has all required PIN signatures, STC will receive your application from the U.S. Department of Education within three to five working days. If you were required to submit a signature page, STC will receive your application in approximately four weeks. After that time, please check your status online or visit our office.If you completed your FAFSA by mail, the application will be processed in approximately four weeks. After it has been processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail. After four weeks, please check your status online or visit our office.