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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Will financial aid help pay the tuition fees for the mini summer sessions?
  2. How much is tuition for 15 semester hour load?
  3. What is your school code to include in the FASFA form?
  4. Do I have to apply for financial aid every semester?
  5. What if you are married will your spouse's income affect you? What if you are separated?
  6. How can I apply for financial aid on-line? What documents are needed?
  7. What is the minimum number of hours one has to work as a work study?
  8. How much money can I apply for? (loan) Is there a limit?
  9. Is the Texas Grant a one-time grant?
  10. Where can I find out more about tuition waivers?
  11. How do we know if we got financial aid for Fall , Spring and Summer?
  12. I applied late and financial aid didn't cover all of my books, could I reapply for more for Spring and Summer?
  13. If I am taking a math remedial class, I want to know if I drop with a W or if I cant then if I fail, will it hurt my financial aid?
  14. If you are on financial aid, what is the attendance policy?
  15. What happens if I withdraw from all my classes?
  16. If you are on financial aid, what is the attendance policy?
  17. How many days can you miss class, before you lose credit?
  18. I want to know more information on Federal and State Grants.
  19. What happens to the summer financial aid money if you don't attend summer classes?
  20. How would I apply for state grants?
  21. Can I drop a class if I don't understand it?
  22. When is the best time to apply for scholarships? Does it have to be after the semester is finished? Can I apply right now, giving my GPA, figured by me?
  23. What information do I need to transfer to UTB?
  24. What is the eligibility for early high school graduates?
  25. What are the steps that I should take to become independent so that I would be able to receive financial aid in the future?
  26. Does GPA affect financial aid? (I.E. you get a high GPA, will you qualify for more financial aid the next year or grants?

Here are the top 17 most asked question according to http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/faqs.jsp web site.

1. Will financial aid help pay the tuition fees for the mini summer sessions?
Financial Aid will assist for the first mini session that starts May. Financial Aid will not assist for the second mini session that starts in July. If you registered for classes during the 15 week session and you add classes for the first mini session, financial aid will not assist for the added classes if the addition date is after the census day of the 15 week session.

2. How much is tuition for 15 semester hour load?

To calculate the tuition amount and for other student fees - see College Catalog

3. What is your school code to include in the FASFA form? I could not find it under the search section of the FASFA.
Our school code is 009225.

4. Do I have to apply for financial aid every semester?
You will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year for each academic year. The application applies toward enrollment for each academic year which is the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. The FAFSA may be completed on or after January 1 for the upcoming school year. You can apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

5. What if you are married will your spouse's income affect you? What if you are separated?
If you are married as of the day you apply for financial aid you must report your and your spouse's income and asset information.

6. How can I apply for financial aid on-line?
To apply for Financial Aid on-line go to the FAFSA website.
Please print a checklist of documents needed.

7. What is the minimum number of hours one has to work as a work study?
The hours required for the program are 10 minimum to 15 maximum per week.

8. How much money can I apply for? (loan) Is there a limit?
There is a limit for subsidized loans. $1167/semester for 1st year students (credits < 30) and $1500/semester for 2nd year students (credits >= 30 credits). Independent student can meet with an officer to request an unsubsidized loan.

9. Is the Texas Grant a one-time grant?

It is a one-time grant.  Students who continue in college and meet program academic standards can receive awards for up to 150 credit hours or for six years or until they receive their bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first. First year of study, the academic standards are set by the college or university. In subsequent years, the requirements are completion of at least 75 percent of the hours taken in the prior year, plus an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. See Texas Grant
 

10. Where can I find out more about tuition waivers?

Listing is on our website: Click here for Information on Waivers

11. How do we know if we got financial aid for Fall , Spring and Summer?

An award letter is sent notifying student of yearly awards. Student can also go to the webadvisor for update and viewing of awarding status.

12. I applied late and financial aid didnt cover all of my books, could I reapply for more for Spring and Summer?

FAFSA is completed once a year. Awards are based on FAFSA results (EFC number found on the Student Aid Report) and enrollment each semester. Pell grant is what student is entitled for, if eligibility is met. Other aid is based on availability of funds and assigned on a first come-first serve basis.

13. If I am taking a math remedial class, I want to know if I drop with a W or if I cant then if I fail, will it hurt my financial aid? Remedial courses are covered by financial aid and thus monitored for completion. (see Standards of Academic Progress for full details) Student is advised to meet with an Academic Counselor, when and if dropping a remedial class.

14. If you are on financial aid, what is the attendance policy?
See Maintaining Financial Aid Eligibility on our Standards of Academic Progress for full details. Student must meet 2.0 GPA and credits as outlined.

15. What happens if I withdraw from all my classes?
Students who are receiving financial under any Title IV program who withdraw before the 60% mark of the term may owe monies to the Department of Education. The financial aid office will calculate to determine how much of the federal aid received did he student earned and return the portion the student did not earned. Also, please refer to the maintaining eligibility for financial aid section in the Standards of Academic Progress .

 

16. If you are on financial aid, what is the attendance policy?
Students on financial aid are expected to actively participate in their enrolled class as mandated by the Department of Education. TSTC faculty is required to report students that do not attend class prior to census date as a “No Show”. Students who are coded as a “No Show” will have their financial aid reduced accordingly to those classes that they are not participating. If the student starts attending on or prior to census, the “No Show” would be removed and financial aid would be reinstated. However, if the student starts to participate after census date, the “No Show” would not be removed and the student would remain ineligible for those funds. Also, students who stopped participating after census date and receive an “F” for all of their classes will be considered to have unofficially withdrawn. The financial aid office will recalculate the student’s eligibility based on the last day of participating and return monies that were not earned to the Department of Education, which the student may owe federal aid back.   

17. How many days can you miss class, before you lose credit?
Review the Student Handbook, Attendance policy.

18. I want to know more information on Federal and State Grants.
Click here for more information about Grants

19. What happens to the summer financial aid money if you don't attend summer classes?
If not enrolling for summer courses, funds are cancelled. If will not cause student to owe monies if student does not enroll or register for classes.

20. How would I apply for state grants?
Click here for more information about Grants

21. Can I drop a class if I don't understand it?
See Standards of Academic Progress for full details

22. When is the best time to apply for scholarships? Does it have to be after the semester is finished? Can I apply right now, giving my GPA, figured by me?
Availability of scholarship are posted on our website: Click here for Scholarship Information Students are advised to visit and check for new postings each semester. Most scholarships will require an unofficial transcript to be attached. Our general application is on this link and can be view, printed and completed for some scholarships. See instructions on each specific scholarship.

23. What information do I need to transfer to UTB?
Check with other institution to inquire requirements needed for the transfer. Financial aid does not transfer, nor do the documents. You will need to cancel aid here, if awarded and work on getting aid started at other institution. You do not reapply for FAFSA, transferring within the same year of the awards. (example: awarded for 2003-2004 academic year)

24. What is the eligibility for early high school graduates?
Applicants must have completed grades 9-12 in no more than 36 consecutive months. Be a Texas resident and must have attended only Texas public high schools. Provides $1000 tuition credit (not fees). Exemption does not apply to remedial course tuition. This is an entitlement program for eligible students. Persons who believe they are eligible should contact the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a copy of the form to be submitted to the Board by the students high school counselor. The Board then writes to the college or university.

25. What are the steps that I should take to become independent so that I would be able to receive financial aid in the future? Dependent or Independent status is determined by the Department of Education. On the FAFSA, step 3, there are a series of seven questions. These answers will determine if student is required to provide parent information for processing of the FAFSA application or if student can exclude parent information. If student answers "No" to every questions it will instruct student to proceed to step 4, parent information. If student answers "Yes" to any question, it will instruct student to skip step four, parent information.

26. Does GPA affect financial aid? (I.E. you get a high GPA, will you qualify fo
r more financial aid the next year or grants?
Financial Aid is awarded based on your eligibility as indicated on the results (SAR) from your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application. Results are used to award funds for the academic year. While keeping in good standing with the Standards of Academic Progress requirements, your funds will not be affected or increased. High GPA will help students when applying for some scholarships that require GPA of 2.0 or higher.










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