Submitting the TASFA
To receive most types of financial aid—including state, and institutional grants, loans, and work-study eligibility—you must complete an application. The Texas Application for State Financial Aid is available to students who are not U.S citizens, but are considered residents of Texas. (The law that allows non-U.S. citizens to pay in-state tuition rates and receive state financial aid is House Bill 1403. Often, students who are able to submit the TASFA are referred to as HB1403 students.) If you are not sure if you are eligible to submit the TASFA, visit the College for all Texans website for more information.
The TASFA application is generally available to download in the forms web page sometime in February for the following school year and must be submitted to the University each year. The priority deadline to submit the application for UHD is January 15. Meeting the priority deadline gives students the best chance at being eligible for grant funding since funding is available on a first come, first served basis. Students who do not meet the January 15 deadline can still submit the application at any time during the academic school year.
How to File
The TASFA is a paper application and must be printed, filled out, signed, and submitted to the University. Students must also submit completed tax return documents with the TASFA application in order for the application to be considered complete. Male students between the ages of 18 and 25 must also submit proof they registered with Selective Service. Documents will be accepted by mail, fax, email, or in person at the financial aid office.
Summer Financial Aid
Financial aid is generally awarded for the fall and spring semesters. If you would like to be awarded for the summer semester, you must have a completed TASFA on file for the applicable year and be enrolled in summer courses. Most summer financial aid will require at least halftime enrollment.