SFA is required by law (Texas Education Code, sections 56.011, 56.012 and 56.465) to set aside a percentage of designated tuition that students pay each semester for financial assistance programs. Tuition set asides are required of all Texas residents at Texas public institutions of higher education.
To comply with Senate Bill 1304, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature, the university is required to report to each student the amount of tuition paid by the student that must be set aside to provide financial assistance to qualified students. Students will receive an email each semester notifying them of the exact amount of their tuition paid that has been set aside for future need-based financial assistance programs for Texas residents.
The set aside does not affect your financial aid awards, if received, nor does it guarantee that you will receive financial aid assistance. Financial assistance eligibility is determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form.
What is tuition set aside?
Tuition set aside is a portion of the designated tuition paid by a resident student "set aside" and dedicated to provide need-based financial aid to students. Resident students are those classified as citizens of Texas.
Do I owe anything?
No, you do not owe or will not see these funds. The monies go toward a fund for financial aid to help support need-based financial aid programs for qualifying students.
When will I receive the money?
The set aside does not affect financial aid awards, if received, nor does it guarantee that you will receive financial aid assistance. To be eligible for assistance, you must submit the FAFSA form. Eligibility for financial aid is determined by information provided on that form.
Why are these funds being set aside?
The university is required by state law to set aside a portion of the designated tuition charged to a resident student. See Texas Education Code, sections 56.011 and 56.012.
How much is designated tuition?
The designated tuition rate is subject to change. You can view current tuition rates under Tuition and Fees.
What if I don't want my money to be used this way?
Unfortunately, SFA does not have the ability to change the requirements of the state law. You may direct further questions and concerns to the Texas Legislature.