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Financial Aid Application Process

The Office of Student Financial Assistance at Stephen F. Austin State University is committed to providing superior service to our students, and to fair and equitable treatment in awarding financial assistance. We are pleased to know that you have chosen SFA and would like to help you in meeting the costs of attending college. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our office at (936) 468-2403 to speak to a Financial Assistance Counselor. Below you will see the application requirements for your classification:

HOW TO APPLY
Applying for financial aid is an important part of preparing for your college education. Eligibility for various programs is first determined by your residency status. Once residency is determined, you will know which financial aid application must be completed. Click on the following links to access the financial aid applications.

FAFSA = U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens
TASFA = Texas residents ineligible to complete the FAFSA (SB 1528)


TIPS FOR COMPLETING THE FAFSA


Receipt of scholarship(s) can affect your financial aid package. To help us create the most current and accurate award, please indicate any scholarship(s) you will be receiving by completing the online Scholarship Notification Form.

Students may be required to provide additional information to complete the Financial Aid process.

Verification

Verification is a process through which the Department of Student Financial Aid verifies the information you reported on your FAFSA. Federal regulations require all institutions to perform verification on a percentage of applicants who file for financial aid. Applicants are randomly selected for verification.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool


SFA recommends using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which could eliminate certain required forms for verification.

If you are chosen for verification, you will be notified of the required documents through your mySFA email account. You may be asked to submit one or more of the required documents listed below:

2014-2015 Fall and Spring


If you are unsure if parental information will be needed, please refer to the financial aid basics tab, and select eligibility.

These documents must be received by the end of each term or academic year.  If completed documents are received after the end of the term, they will be processed on a case by case basis to determine eligibility. If received after the academic year has passed, you may no longer qualify for assistance.

Any discrepancies found by our department must be corrected, and your financial aid eligibility may be affected.  If corrections are required, we will electronically update your current FAFSA and send the corrections to the FAFSA processor.  Once the corrected FAFSA is received, the awarding process will resume.  This process can delay your aid, so please respond immediately to any requests from our department. The verification process normally takes 7-10 days from the time the final document is turned in but could take longer during peak times. Should you fail to submit all required documentation financial aid will not be awarded and/or disbursed. If funds were disbursed prior to your selection for verification, they may be cancelled until your file is complete as it is possible to be selected for verification after you have been offered financial aid. All requests and notifications will be made through your mySFA email account.

Additional Documentation

Students may be required to submit additional documentation even though they have not been selected for Verification. These documents may relate to citizenship status, veteran status, and/or orphan status. If requested, please submit the additional documentation immediately to the department because your aid can be delayed.

Scholarships, short term loans and alternative loans may be disbursed if students are otherwise eligible.

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