Student Financial Aid Programs
Arnold Trejo, Executive Director
Memorial Student Union Building Room 132
The Office of Student Financial Aid assists students in obtaining financial help through a variety of federal, state, institutional, and private sources in order to supplement their own contribution to a college education. The financial gap between the cost of an education and monies available from the family can be complemented by grants, loans, scholarships and/or student employment. The office updates the types of aid available annually.
Applicant Eligibility – Federal Title IV
To be considered for financial aid, an applicant must:
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the appropriate deadline.
- Be enrolled at least half-time.
- Not be in default on a student loan.
- Not owe a refund on a federal grant.
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Students must re-apply for financial assistance every year by completing the requirements stated above. The award does not continue automatically beyond the award period.
- Meet the requirements of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
Federal regulations require a student to be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of a degree or certificate in order to be eligible to receive Title IV funds. The Office of Student Financial Aid Services applies this rule to ALL students applying for any aid. Students should review the Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Application Deadlines and Processes
Time is a very critical part when applying for financial aid. The following are the institutional priority deadlines for Texas A&M University-Kingsville:
|Spring only||November 1|
|Summer Sessions||May 1|
- A student must be admitted into a degree-seeking program to be eligible for financial aid. An application for admission to Texas A&M University-Kingsville can be completed on line at: ApplyTexas Webage.
- Create a FSA ID (user name and password) online at FAFSA Website. Your FSA ID will allow you to access and sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on setting up your FSA ID, please see the following link.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must list Texas A&M University-Kingsville as one of the college/university choices on the FAFSA to be considered for financial aid at this university. Our School Code is 003639. Completion of the FAFSA requires certain financial information including the student's and/or parent's income tax return. Those who do not file a tax return must use proper income or benefit sources to complete it. These include child support and other untaxed income or benefits. It is recommended that the FAFSA be completed on the web at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- The Processing Center will return an acknowledgment to the student that a Student Aid Report (SAR) has been produced and is ready for review. This acknowledgment should be kept for personal records.
- The Office of Student Financial Aid will retrieve an electronic version of the Student Aid Report. If a student is selected for verification, he/she will need to submit an Institutional Verification Form along with a copy of his/her and his/her parents’ U.S. Income Tax Return and W-2 forms, and any other documents used to complete the FAFSA.
Financial Aid Process
- Once the application process is completed, the Office of Student Financial Aid Services will prepare a financial aid package to help meet the student’s financial need. The amount of the financial aid awarded is dependent on the student’s enrollment status. The aid award will be disbursed each semester.
- The school will first use the aid to pay tuition and fee charges and room and board. Any remainder will be disbursed to the student either through direct deposit to the student’s bank account, (if the student has signed up for direct deposit) or, if not, a paper check will be mailed to the student.
- Funds from grants and scholarships will be readily available, but loans require additional steps to be completed at Studentloans.gov.
- Work-study is awarded to those students who meet the priority deadline, but the individual student must find a position in order to receive the funds. Work-study funds are disbursed as they are earned.
- It is the responsibility of the student to have other resources available should the financial assistance not cover the total educational expenses.
Applicants must be accepted for admission, pre-registered for classes and have all financial aid documents completed and on file before financial aid funds can be disbursed.
Students must reapply each year for financial aid and scholarships. Applicants must maintain satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for financial aid. Students must complete a separate Summer Application to be considered for summer financial aid.
Awards are subject to revision based on academic or enrollment status.
For more information, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid Services at (361) 593-3911;