Applying for Financial Aid
Applying for Scholarships
For all new students applying to TAMUG, a scholarship application is included on the ApplyTexas application. This application must be submitted in order for the incoming student to be considered for scholarships upon their admission.
Please note that if you start the scholarship section prior to submitting your application for admissions, you will not be able to update the scholarship section after submission. Students should either fully complete the scholarship section prior to submitting their application, or should avoid filling out any portion of the scholarship section until after submitting the admissions application. If you encounter any technical issues that prevent you from completing the scholarship section of the ApplyTexas application, please contact our office at 409.740.4500 to discuss an alternative scholarship application option.
For continuing students at TAMUG, the Continuing Student Scholarship Application is used for our institutional scholarships. In order to receive a scholarship for Texas A&M University for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year, you must fill out the Continuing Student Scholarship Application online. The application is open from October 15, 2014 to February 1, 2015. Award recipients are primarily selected by a committee of faculty and staff from across the university who utilize applications, GPA information, and department nominations to choose recipients. In some cases, the selection is made directly by the donor of the scholarship funds. If you would like additional information on any specific awards, please contact the financial aid office at (409) 740- 4500.
Applying for Federal, State, and Need-Based Aid
To view videos detailing how to complete the FAFSA and TASFA in both English and Spanish, visit this website: https://financialaid.tamu.edu/apply.aspx
These videos discuss who can apply, types of aid, where to find the forms (promotes online completion), about the FAFSA PIN (student and parent), what is needed to complete the applications, and FAQs. They provides a details on dependency and the definition of parent, and the FAFSA video includes information on the IRS data match as well as. They also contain explanations on how need is determined and would be great for first time FAFSA completion.
U.S. Citizens or Eligible Non-Citizens
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for the 2014-2015 academic year is now available.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2015-2016 academic year will open on January 1, 2015.
PLEASE DO NOT PAY A SERVICER TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA FOR YOU. This is a free process, and if you need assistance, please contact us. We are here to help!
First, the student should obtain an e-mail address for future communication if the student does not already have one. This is necessary for the Federal Processor, as well as the university, to communicate with the student electronically.
Next, all students and at least one parent of dependent students should obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This parent should be the custodial parent who provides at least half of the support for the student. To obtain a PIN, request a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. This number acts as your electronic signature for FAFSA on the web. You will also be able to use the PIN to access your student aid history online, as well as use it to correct your Student Aid Report online once your FAFSA has been completed.
When the time comes to complete the FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/, you will be requested to provide information from your Federal Income Tax forms. Though the FAFSA is available after the first of the year, we recommend that you wait until your Federal Income Tax forms are completed. When this is done, go immediately to the FAFSA website to complete the FAFSA form. Follow the instructions very carefully. At one point in completing the form, you will be requested to provide the Title IV School Codes for up to six colleges and universities you may be attending. For Texas A&M University at Galveston, we use the same school code as Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, which is 003632.
Your financial aid eligibility is determined each year by completing the FAFSA. This application is available in a paper and electronic format; however, we advise all students to complete the electronic form.
Parents wanting to accept their PLUS loan need to complete an application for the PLUS loan by logging on to studentloans.gov using their SSN, first two characters of last name, date of birth, and the PIN established when completing the FAFSA. After completing the application, you must also complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the website. MAKE SURE YOU ARE REQUESTING THE MONEY NEEDED FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR FROM AUGUST TO MAY.
Texas Residents Ineligible to Complete the FAFSA (SB 1528)
In 2001, legislation was passed by the State of Texas to allow certain categories of foreign students to meet state requirements for residency. This classification enables these students to pay resident tuition and fee rates while attending public institutions of higher education in Texas in addition to meeting residency requirements for some state financial aid programs.
To receive this classification, you must be able to meet one of the three criteria below.
You must hold a visa that enables you to domicile in the United States*. You (or your parent, if you are a dependent) must be gainfully employed in Texas for at least 12 months.
You (regardless of INS status) have petitioned for permanent residency status (have filed an I-130 or I-140).
You have resided in Texas for 3 years leading up to graduation from high school or the receipt of a GED certificate, living at least part of that time with a parent or court-appointed legal guardian. You have not established a residence in another state or location and have not taken ANY college hours prior to fall 2001 that required admission to an institution of higher education. (This includes hours taken through dual enrollment while attending high school).
If you qualify for resident status based on one of the three criteria listed, you are eligible to apply for state aid. For more information and to apply for the 2014-2015 academic year, please complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid.
*For more information regarding visas that enable you to domicile in the United States, please view the table of INS Visa Types.
As an International student, you may qualify for various programs depending upon your visa status. For the 2014-2015 academic year, you may submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA). You may also be eligible to apply for an Alternative Student Loan.
Continuing students are eligible to apply, however incoming students are required to show they are able to support themselves for one year while attending Texas A&M University at Galveston. Incoming students may apply their second year for financial aid.
As an undergraduate International student, you may qualify to pay in-state tuition and fees based on Section 54.052(j) of the Texas Education Code and may also be eligible for some state aid.
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Office of Financial Aid
P. O. Box 1675
Galveston, TX 77553
Phone: (409) 740-4500
Fax: (409) 740-4731