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Texas Application For State Financial Aid

In 2001, legislation was passed by the State of Texas to allow certain categories of foreign students to meet state requirements for residency. this classification enables these students to pay resident tuition and fee rates while attending public institutions of higher education Texas in addition to meeting residency requirements for some state financial aid programs.

To receive this classification, you must be able to meet one of the three criteria below:

  1. You must hold a visa that enables you to domicile in the United States*. You (or your parent, if you are a dependent) must be gainfully employed in Texas for at least 12 months preceding enrollment.
  2. You (regardless of INS status) have petitioned for permanent residency status (have filed an I-130 or I-149).
  3. You have resided in Texas for 36 consecutive months leading up to graduation from high school or the receipt of a GED certificate, living at least part of that time with a parent or court-appointed legal guardian. You have not established a residence in another state or location and have not taken ANY college hours prior to fall 2001 that required admission to an institution of higher education. (This includes hours o taken through dual enrollment while attending high school).

Residency is determined by the Office of the Registrar. For more information on eligibility requirements and the Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident, please view Residency for Tuition Purposes. If you qualify for Resident status based on the criteria, you are eligible to apply for State aid. For more information and to apply for the upcoming academic year, please download the TASFA from the forms page.

TEXAS Grant Instructions

The TEXAS Grant is gift aid awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and have completed an advanced curriculum in high school. To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Texas resident
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than or equal to 4800
  • Register for selective service (if applicable)
  • Be a graduate of an accredited high school in Texas
  • Complete the Recommended or Distinguished program in high school
  • Enroll in a non-profit public college or university in TEXAS within 16 months of graduation from a public or accredited private high school in Texas
  • Have accumulated no more than 30 semester credit hours, excluding those earned for dual or concurrent courses or awarded for credit by examination (AP, IB, or CLEP)


  • Have earned an associate degree from a public technical, state or community college in Texas and
  • Enroll in any public university in Texas no more than 12 months after receiving their associate degree.

Students entering the program from high school who continue in college and who meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 150 semester credit hours, until they receive a bachelor's degree, or for five years if enrolled in a 4-year degree plan or six years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first.

The academic requirements for continuing in the program are:

  • At the end of the first year, a student entering the program must meet Tarleton's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirement.
  • At the end of the second year in the program or later, all students must complete at least 75% of the hours attempted in the prior academic year, have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 24 semester credit hours per year.

The award amount (including state and institutional funds) is equal to the student's tuition and required fees.

The Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)