What Is the FAFSA?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Last year, COM awarded over $6.9 million dollars to students through scholarships, grants, work programs and student loans!

Only 38 percent of COM students complete the FAFSA, which means 62 percent of COM students could be missing out on financial aid.

Whether you are self-supporting or your parents pay for your college expenses, you should complete a FAFSA for the 2015-2016 academic year to see what aid you qualify for. You will never know if you can receive a scholarship or grant unless you fill out this easy application.

If you have questions about financial aid, please visit the Student Financial Services Office in Room A-150 of the Enrollment Center or call 409-933-8274.

How do I know if I am Eligible for Financial Aid?

Although the only way to truly know if you are eligible for financial assistance is to complete the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov), we are providing this link to the federal government's FAFSA Forecaster. The FAFSA Forecaster can predict your financial aid eligibility based on your answers to a few questions. Click here to find out more: www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov

FAFSA Myths and Misconceptions

  • Myth: The form is too hard to fill out.

    Reality: The FAFSA is easier than ever, online at www.fafsa.gov. The form walks you through step by step, asking only questions that apply to you.

  • Myth: My parents make too much money, so I won’t qualify for aid.

    Reality: There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid and many factors are considered. Plus when you fill out the FAFSA, you automatically apply for state funds.

  • Myth: I’m too old to get financial aid.

    Reality: Federal student aid funds are awarded based on financial need, not age.

  • Myth: Only students with good grades get financial aid.

    Reality: Some scholarships require good grades and others average grades. All federal student aid programs require you to maintain satisfactory academic progress which means you are expected to pass your class.

How to Begin

  1. Go to www.fafsa.gov
  2. Fill out the application.
  3. See what you get!

The Five-Minute FASFA

View a quick introduction to the FAFSA form, with helpful hints and advice.

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