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How to Apply for FAFSA

Before You Begin

The first time you apply for financial aid, you and your parent must create a FSA ID. This is what you will use to file your FAFSA, complete loan documents, and check your outstanding loan balances etc.

Review Deadlines and Apply for FAFSA

Complete your FAFSA electronically each year you’re requesting Financial Aid for Tarleton State University. 

FAFSA Filing Dates for the Academic Year
Filing Date Consideration
January 15 Final filing date to be considered for any institutional funds
January 15 TEXAS Grant for initial eligibility

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows you to transfer information from your Federal Tax Return to your FAFSA, reducing data entry errors and reduces your chances of being selected for Verification.

For additional information watch the videos What is the IRS Data Retrieval Process and Verification or learn more about the Simple Steps to Transfer Tax Information.


To see what needs to be submitted visit:

What if I Don't Finish my Verification?

Your financial aid will not apply to your billing account until verification is complete, so please respond immediately to any requests from our department.

Should you fail to submit all required documentation, financial aid will not be awarded and/or disbursed.