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Am I eligible for financial aid?

Financial Aid is only available for classes that are required for your eligible active academic program. Learn more about Financial Aid degree audit requirements and expectations, and view our most frequently asked questions.

  FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid)
Who can apply U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens Non-citizens and those who are undocumented (local residents of Texas for TCC tuition purposes)
Eligibility requirements
  • Demonstrate financial need (for most programs)
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Register with Selective Service (males between ages of 18-25)
  • Not have been convicted of an offense involving the possession or sale of an illegal substance or have successfully completed a qualified drug rehabilitation program
  • Not owe a refund on a federal loan or be in default on a federal education loan
  • Not be incarcerated in a state or federal prison

  • Graduated from a Texas public or private high school or received a GED certificate in Texas
  • Not have been convicted of an offense involving the possession or sale of an illegal substance or have successfully completed a qualified drug rehabilitation program
  • Qualify as a Texas Resident for TCC Tuition purposes
Academic requirements
  • Enroll or be accepted for enrollment in an associate degree or credit certificate program (at least 3 credit hours for most programs)
  • Maintain the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Enrollment and attendance in all classes each semester must be established prior to the census date of each class

  • Enroll or be accepted for enrollment in an associate degree or credit certificate program (at least 3 credit hours for most programs)
  • Maintain the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Enrollment and attendance in all classes each semester must be established prior to the census date of each class

Summer transient students (university students attending TCC for summer only) are not eligible for aid at TCC because they are not pursuing a degree or certificate from TCC.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Follow our instructions if you're a:

Residency is based on information provided in your admissions application but can be reviewed for reclassification any time after you are enrolled. Visit our residency page for information regarding establishing residency.

If you need assistance understanding or updating your residency classification, contact your campus Admissions and Registrar Office.

Updated April 23, 2021