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Going to college isn’t free, but with the many options of financial aid available, paying for college shouldn’t stand in your way as you take this next step after high school. And, because we are state supported, TSTC is reasonably priced!

Whether it’s a full Pell Grant that virtually covers all your tuition or scholarships or student loans —financial assistance is available for most college students.


Before applying for financial aid it is important that you understand the general requirements for eligibility. Since most aid is part of the federal loan program, to receive financial aid, a student must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be accepted for admission to Texas State Technical College and be enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours in a program of at least six months in duration. Exception: The Federal Pell Grant program is funded for eligible students enrolled less than six credit hours. All accepted students must have a high school diploma, a GED, or have demonstrated the “ability to benefit” from training provided at Texas State Technical College as determined by passing a standardized placement test.
  • Have established financial need as determined by a needs test application through an approved processor. Texas State Techni­cal College uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Non-citizens should sub­mit an Alien Registration Card, Immigration and Naturalization Service Departure Record, or Temporary Resident Card.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Not be in default on a Perkins Loan (National Direct Student Loan), Federal Stafford Loan (Guaranteed Student Loan), Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students, or Federal Supplemental Loan for Students.
  • Not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, or State Student Incentive Grant.
  • Agree to use all federal student aid solely for educational and educationally related purposes.
  • Sign a statement of educational purpose/certification statement on refunds and defaults, (included on FAFSA).
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined in satisfactory progress policy.

Special requirements apply for:

  • Male students who are 18 years of age or older, are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, and are not currently on active duty in the Armed Forces are required to be registered with the Selective Service before any federal student aid can be awarded.
  • Aircraft Pilot Training students must submit a copy of their Class II Medical Certificate before any financial aid can be processed. APT student budgets are adjusted to reflect flight costs. Any APT student who does not fly for a term will lose the budget adjustments.
  • Dental Assistant Program students must submit proof of DPT inoculation prior to enrollment.


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