Financial Aid & Scholarships

Tuition fees and living costs vary greatly from college to college. Research and preparation can help you find financial aid from many sources: the government, grants, scholarships, and the universities themselves. While considering finances ask yourself:FAFSA
  • How to apply for financial aid using the FAFSA.
  • Do I understand what college costs?
  • Can my family afford to pay for any or all of my college experience?
  • What grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study am I eligible for?
  • How do I apply for these forms of student aid?
  • When do I fill out the FAFSA?
  • When is the TAFSA needed?
Paying for College
Education Savings Plans

Savings plans operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families save for college.
Participants may receive tax benefits if basic plan requirements are met.

Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan

529 Student College Savings Plans

Student Loans

Understand the Loan Process

The Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


Read first: The Scoop on Scholarships

Naviance - Scholarships
Log in to your Naviance account and under Colleges use the National Scholarship Search and Scholarship List. From your home high school, you may log in as a guest to access this information.

Big Future Scholarship Search

Also consider:
PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Texas Military and Veterans College Opportunities
Higher education funds available to ROTC students and current military dependents.

Grants and Work-Study Programs

Grants are considered gift aid; money to use for higher education that does not have to be repaid.
Work-Study programs are jobs, on- or off-campus, for eligible college students with financial need.

Federal Education Grant Program

Work-Study Program