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Last year, about 6,000 Dallas County seniors each left thousands of dollars in grant aid on the table by not filing a FAFSA . Don’t let that be you! Come get one-on-one assistance filling out the FAFSA or TASFA at a local workshop so you’re eligible to receive money for college.

Choose from the different workshop locations below and register for free financial aid help!

UNT-Dallas

Tuesday, February 10th
6:00pm - 9:00pm

7300 University Hills Blvd, Dallas, TX 75241

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Bryan Adams HS

Saturday, February 21st
9:00am - 2:00pm

2101 Millmar Dr, Dallas, TX 75228

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Richardson HS

Saturday, February 21st
9:00am - 2:00pm

1250 W Belt Line Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

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Molina HS

Saturday, February 21st
9:00am - 2:00pm

2355 Duncanville Rd, Dallas, TX 75211

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W.H. Adamson HS

POSTPONED: Date TBD

201 E 9th St, Dallas, TX 75203

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Dallas Central Public Library

RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, March 3rd
6:00pm-8:00pm

1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201

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FAFSA/TASFA Checklist

Bringing all of the information listed will give you a better chance of completing your applications. If you don’t have all the information gathered, you are still welcome to come but will be unable to complete the application.

    If filling out the the FAFSA

  • 2014 (or most recent) federal income tax returns and W-2s
  • Records of untaxed income if applicable (ex. Social Security benefits, welfare benefits, or veteran benefits)
  • Bank statements and records of investment (if applicable)
  • Social Security Number (if applicable)
  • Driver’s License (if applicable)
  • Alien Registration Number (for non-citizens)

    If filling out the TASFA

  • 2014 (or most recent) federal income tax returns and W-2s
  • Records of untaxed income if applicable (ex. Social Security benefits, welfare benefits, or veteran benefits)
  • Bank statements and records of investment (if applicable)
  • Proof of selective service registration (males aged 18-25). Click here for more information.
  • Copy of IRS tax transcript. Click here for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Attending a Dallas County Financial Aid workshop will provide you with…

  • FREE, one-on-one assistance filing your Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) from financial aid experts
  • Scholarship search and application information
  • Next steps to follow after filing a FAFSA or TASFA
  • Help in English and Spanish
Residency Status Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)
I am a U.S citizen http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ X
I am a permanent resident with an Alien Registration Card (I-551) X
I am a conditional permanent resident with a visa type (I-551C) X
I am an eligible noncitizen with an Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) showing one of the following:
  • Refugee
  • Asylum granted
  • Parolee (for a minimum of one year)
  • Cuban-Haitian entrant
X
I do not meet one of the statuses above; however, I have been classified as a Texas resident and therefore am eligible to pay the Texas in-state tuition rate. My classification as a Texas resident is NOT due to an in-state scholarship or assistantship
X

Note: The residency statuses above pertain to the student who is applying for financial aid. The parent’s resident status does not impact the student’s eligibility to apply for financial aid.

Citation: http://www.aie.org/state/tasfa/TASFA-instructions-2014-2015-english.pdf

Over $150 billion dollars are awarded every year to help students pay for college in the form of grants, low-interest loans and work-study funds.*

Grants (money you do not have to repay)

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grants (TEACH)
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

Loans (money you borrow and must repay with interest)

  • The Federal Perkins Loan Program
  • The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

The Federal Work-Study Program provides funds for part-time employment, usually
career-oriented, to help students pay for college

State Financial Aid (Click here for more information about Texas Financial Aid
programs)

  • College Access Loan Program (CAL)
  • License Plate Insignia Scholarship (LPI)
  • Texas B-On-Time Loan
  • Texas College Work-Study Program (TCWSP)
  • Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program (TEOG)
  • Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
  • Texas Tuition and/or Fee Exemptions
  • Top 10% Scholarship Program
  • Towards EXcellence, Access & Success (TEXAS) Grant Program
  • Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG)

Other

  • Aid from the college
  • Scholarships
  • Tax credits for education expenses
  • Aid for military

Click here for more information on each of type of Federal aid.
*Award packages will NOT include all forms of aid. For example, you may be awarded
the Texas B-On-Time Loan but not the Federal Pell Grant.

Even though the TASFA will not qualify you for any federal aid, it does give you eligibility for state aid.*

Grants (Grants are money you don’t have to repay. Click here for more information about Texas Financial Aid programs)

  • Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)
  • TEXAS Grant
  • Texas Educational Grant (TEG)
  • Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG)
  • Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
  • Top 10 Percent Scholarship Program
  • Texas College Work-Study (Students must have eligible visa which permits them to work in U.S.)
  • State Exemption programs
  • College Access Loan (CAL)—(Cosigner must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident)

Note: TASFA applicants are not eligible for the B-On-Time loan program.
*Award packages will NOT include all forms of aid. For example, you may be awarded the Texas B-On-Time Loan but not the Federal Pell Grant.

Submitting the FAFSA or TASFA before March not only allows you to remove a huge weight off of your shoulders and enjoy the rest of your senior spring, it also:

  • Allows you to get your award letter earlier from colleges, giving you more time to understand how much college will really cost you
  • Ensures that you’ll meet college financial aid deadlines, which are usually very strict and hard to bypass
  • Gives you additional leeway in case you need to submit any additional documents (e.g. verification)
  • Places you in a good position to receive aid that is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis—this is especially important for TASFA applicants

However, even if you do not submit your financial aid application by March, you can still receive aid as long as you submit your application before the college’s deadline.

You do not need the physical Social Security cards to apply for the FAFSA; however, it is important that the names and numbers you use on the application match the government’s tax records.

The earlier you file your taxes, the earlier you can submit your financial aid application and receive your award letter. Even though you can submit your financial aid application without having completed your 2014 tax returns, in order to avoid the hassle of verification and having to re-submit information, it is highly recommended that you have your taxes filed before you begin your financial aid application.

Also, if you submit your tax returns electronically three weeks prior or through the mail eleven weeks prior to filling out the FAFSA, you can transfer your IRS tax return information directly from the IRS Web site to your FAFSA form. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool simplifies the process, and removes any chances of human error.

You can begin filling out the FAFSA and TASFA starting on January 1st.

For the TASFA, most state aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, since some grants require that your application be approved no later than March 15th, you should submit your application by February.

For the FAFSA, the Texas priority deadline is March 15th for state colleges. However, some deadlines are earlier. You should plan to submit your application by February to be safe!

Also, remember to check school specific deadlines. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline—whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

Even though there are no official deadlines for either application, you should submit the forms as early as possible to ensure your chances of receiving the maximum aid you are eligible for.

Tax records are annual tax returns (IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ) and any other documents that you use to file taxes, such as W-2 forms and bank statements.

First, you need to determine if you qualify as a dependent or independent when filing for financial aid. Click here to find out your status.

If you are a dependent, in addition to your own tax records, you will need tax records for:

  • For both of your parents…
    • If your legal parents are married to each other
    • If your legal parents are not married to each other, including if they are divorced or separated, but live together
  • For one parent…
    • If your parent is widowed or was never married
    • If you parents are divorced or separated and do not live together
      • Choose the parent with whom you lived with more during the past 12 months
      • If you lived the same amount with both parents, then give answers about the parent who provided you with more financial support during the past 12 months

Special circumstances for dependent students

  • If you have a stepparent who is married to the legal parent/guardian whose information you’re reporting, you must also report the stepparent’s information.
  • If you live with anyone who is not your legal parent(s)/guardian(s), you still have to report your legal parent’s information. For example, even if you live with your grandmother but you mother has legal custody over you, you still need to input your mother’s personal and financial information.

If you are independent, you will only need your own tax records. If you are married, you will also need your spouse’s information

Filing your taxes can be difficult. Fortunately, there are Dallas Community Tax Centers that offer free tax preparation assistance for families that make less than $50,000 annually. For more information about locations near you, what documents to bring and hours of operation, click here.

You can also find more locations that offer free tax return assistance through the IRS website here. Generally, they serve people who make $52,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers.

If you cannot make any of the workshop dates, do not worry! There are other avenues to get help on your financial aid application.

    1. Ask your high school counselor/college advisor. Their job is to help you navigate the college process!
    2. Call the financial aid office of the college(s) you have applied to.
    3. Call the FAFSA Hotline at 1-800-433-3243.
Day Hours
Monday-Friday 8 am-11 pm EST
Saturday 8am-5 pm EST
Sunday Noon-6 pm EST
Federal Holidays
Closed on all federal holidays except Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday and Washington’s Birthday. When January 1st falls on a weekday, they will be open from 9am-6 pm EST
Additional Closings Closed on the day after Thanksgiving and on December 24th when it falls on a weekday

The workshop is completely FREE. All you have to bring is the necessary personal and financial information to fill out your financial aid application.