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FAQs - Applying for Financial Aid

    1. How do I apply for financial aid? 

    To apply for federal, state, and institutional financial aid, you start by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   You can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  

    You can also complete the FAFSA via the phone at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). However, we recommend you complete the FAFSA online.

    Each year the FAFSA form is available on Jan. 1 for the next school year. File your FAFSA by the first of March to ensure that we receive the results of your FAFSA by March 15.

    With few exceptions, Federal financial assistance is only available to citizens of the United States. If you have only an F1, F2, J1, or J2 student or work visa you are not eligible for federal student aid. See FAFSA for more information on exceptions for people who are not citizens.

    Texas Residents who are not US citizens can sometimes apply for State aid with the TASFA application. Go to our Online Forms & Services to view the TASFA (for undocumented Texas residents) or the Financial Aid for International and Undocumented Students application. You can view additional information at College for Texans.

    International students are also eligible for many university scholarships. Also, international students may be eligible for some private student loans. For information regarding these loans, or other external financial aid information, please visit www.edupass.org.

    2. What is a first priority deadline?

    The priority deadline is the deadline to submit your FAFSA to us so that we can consider you for the maximum amount of financial aid eligibility. Because of limited funding all grants (except Federal Pell Grant) and college work-study are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! Therefore, it’s important to get your FAFSA in early. You can still apply for financial aid after the priority deadline, and will be considered for any remaining funds that are available. We must have the results of your FAFSA by the March 15 priority deadline before we can consider you for the most financial aid.

    Generally, we start awarding students for the upcoming aid year in May. It takes about 2 to 3 weeks for us to receive and process the FAFSA. Please check your UHCL email account for any communications from us!

    3. What is UHCL’s school code, and where do I enter it?

    UHCL’s school code is 011711. Enter it on your FAFSA so that we can receive your FAFSA results. The FAFSA form allows space for you to enter codes for up to six schools.

    4. How can I fix a mistake I made on my FAFSA application?

    If you find incorrect information on your FAFSA, or you originally used estimated income information and need to report actual figures, you can go online at www.fafsa.ed.gov   to make the correction. Or, you make your changes on your Student Aid Report (SAR) then sign, date, and mail it back to the Central Processing System (CPS).




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