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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Tarleton's School Code is 003631

Getting Started

To apply for Federal, State and Institutional aid (including student loans), you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or more commonly known as "FAFSA".

You complete the FAFSA electronically and it must be completed each year you want to request financial aid for you educational costs at Tarleton State University.

Before you can begin the FAFSA, you and your parent must create a FSA ID. This is what you will use to file your FAFSA, complete loan documents, check your outstanding loan balances etc. To create a FSA ID you must go to

Now You Can Apply Earlier

Beginning with the 2017-2018 Academic Year, the FAFSA just go earlier and easier to complete. The FAFSA application is available a full 3 months earlier than it has been before. Instead of the January 1 release of the application, the FAFSA will be available beginning October 1 each year and this change begins October 1, 2016.

Green play button For additional information watch the video  "What Does Early FAFSA Mean"


Tarleton has 2 priority filing dates for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Academic years. December 1, is the Early Priority date for each year. This means your application will receive priority when institutional funds are allocated to financial aid applicants. The 2nd Priority filing date is February 15. This is the final filing deadline to be considered for institutional funding.

Green play button For additional information watch the video  "When Should I Apply For Financial Aid"

No More Guess and Check

The "easier" part of the 2017-2018 FASFA and 2018-2019 FAFSA is the change to using Prior-Prior Year Tax Return information. This means, when you complete the 2017-2018 FASFA or 2018-2019 FAFSA, the income information you will use will come from you and/or your parents 2015 or 2016 Federal Tax Return. At the time you are able to complete the 2017-2018 FASFA or 2018-2019 FAFSA, the 2015-16 tax returns have already been filed. There should not be any delay in getting that information onto your FAFSA. No more waiting for your taxes to be completed, no need to "estimate" your income and then have to correct your FAFSA has been filed. 

Green play button For additional information watch the video  "What Tax Information Do I Need To Complete My FAFSA On Or After October 1st"

Auto Fill Tool Now Available for FAFSA Application

Another tool that you can use to make your application easier is to take advantage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This is an option you can choose while you are filling out your FAFSA online. It is available to you and your parents. By choosing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, it allows the FAFSA application to be automatically populated with the actual information that has been filed with the IRS. This reduces data entry errors and reduces your being selected for Verification.

Green play button For additional information watch the video  "What is the IRS Data Retrieval Process"

Green play button For additional information watch the video  "Verification"

Below is a chart to help you see which FAFSA you should file depending upon when you plan to attend college and what tax information will be required, along with the priority FAFSA filing dates for Tarleton State University:

If You Plan to Attend College From

You Will Submit This FAFSA

You Can Submit The FAFSA From

Using Income and Tax Information From

July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016


January 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016


July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017


January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017


July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018


January 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018


July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019


January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019


Should I Fill Out FAFSA?

If you are one of the following:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Permanent U.S. resident with an Alien Registration card
    ( I - 551)
  • Conditional Permanent U.S resident with visa type I-551C
  • Eligible non-citizen with Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) showing
    one of the following:
    • Refugee
    • Asylum granted
    • Parolee (for a minimum of one year)

If one of the above terms apply you qualify to file for the FAFSA.


The TASFA is the Texas Application for State Financial Aid. It is a program for residents of the state of Texas who are not eligible for FAFSA aid due to citizenship issues.

You may qualify for the TASFA if you are not a:

  • U.S. Citizen or Resident

This program allows some undocumented students access to assistance such as in-state tuition and a limited amount of other aid. If these terms apply, you may qualify to file for the TASFA.