How Aid Works
What is financial aid?
Worried about paying for your education? Concerned that you and your family can’t cover all of the costs of attending college? You’re not alone. More than 78% of SFA students rely on some type of financial aid to help them pay for tuition, housing and other expenses.
Financial aid can take the form of scholarships, grants, a work-study program or student loans. The aid package you receive depends on several factors, including your unique financial situation and the type of funding available.
SFA’s Office of Student Financial Assistance can answer your questions and tell you about assistance opportunities, from scholarships to our Purple Promise assistance program. And we’ll be there to guide you through every step of the application process.
Who is eligible for aid?
Financial aid eligibility and the amount of awards are based on a family’s demonstrated economic need. Basically, financial aid is meant to cover the difference between what you and your family can contribute to your education expenses each year and any college costs (your tuition, fees, room and board, supplies) that exceed that contribution. It picks up where your family’s ability to pay leaves off.
How do I apply for aid?
Whether you’re applying for a grant, loan, scholarship or work study program, you’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and make sure you meet certain academic and financial requirements. But don’t worry, financial aid isn’t as complicated as it sounds, and we’re here to help you before, during and after the application process.
Learn more about how to successfully submit your FAFSA here.
There is no charge for completing the FAFSA. You may receive communications from companies or organizations offering to help you complete your FAFSA for a fee. Please do not pay anyone to complete your FAFSA.
Stay informed with mySFA
What is mySFA? It’s your go-to site for registering for classes, paying tuition, getting grades and much, much more. It’s also your connection to financial assistance.
Your mySFA account provides you with real-time access to view requested documents or awards, as well as a way to check for holds and other messages. You can also review our tools and information section for other handy information. If you do not have a financial aid tab in mySFA, this means that SFA has not yet received your FAFSA application from the Department of Education. If you feel there is ever an error with FAFSA processing, please contact our office.
We’ll send all of your financial aid communications to your mySFA email address. If you’re a financial assistance applicant or recipient, we recommend checking your mySFA email at least once a week, so you can respond to messages and make sure your financial aid processing isn’t delayed. If you receive financial aid offers, you’ll need to accept them within 60 days of receiving your award notice within your mySFA account.
Financial aid for transfer students
If you received a TEXAS (Towards EXcellence, Access and Success) Grant , Top 10 Percent Scholarship or Texas B-On-Time Loan at your previous school, you might be able to renew those awards at SFA.
To find out, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, ID number, type of award received and the college or university you were attending when you received it.
Financial aid for study abroad
If you are interested in a study abroad program, you may check with our office to find out if you have financial aid eligibility available for the trip. To find out more information regarding potential scholarships and general information about study abroad, click here.