Federal Financial Aid (Pell Grant)

Federal financial aid is awarded based on financial need and other criteria. All students applying for financial assistance through College of the Mainland must apply for a Federal Pell Grant first, through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Complete the FAFSA

State Financial Aid (TASFA)

TASFA, Texas Application for State Financial Aid is a paper application to determine aid eligibility. Students who submit TASFA are not eligible for federal financial aid programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study Program, or Federal Direct Loans.


To be eligible, students must meet all the requirements below:

  • DACA and/or non-citizens who are residents of Texas.
  • Reside in Texas for 12 months prior to enrollment in a higher education institution.
  • Graduate from a Texas High School or obtain a GED in Texas.
  • Have lived in Texas for 36 months prior to high school graduation.

Submitting the TASFA

  1. Print TASFA form
  2. Submit Additional Documentation:
    1. Tax transcript & w2s - parents & students (if applicable) or signed document if they did not file taxes.
    2. Selective Service card (male only).
      • Go to https://www.sss.gov/ to register.
      • Obtain selective service registration card and mail it to:
        Selective Service System
        Registration Information Office
        P.O. Box 94739
        Palatine, IL 60094-4739

Applications can be submitted by emailing cfranco@com.edu or in-person at the Doyle Family Admin Building, Suite 112.

For More Information, Contact:

Carmen Franco
Financial Aid Generalist
Student Financial Services and Veteran's Affairs
Location: Doyle Family Admin. Building, Suite 112

Carl D. Perkins Grant

Students who need childcare assistance may consider applying for the Carl D. Perkins Child Care Grant.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Be enrolled in a career and technical certificate or degree program with an active degree plan
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours on campus (face-to-face classes). Developmental courses are ineligible. Enrollment only in online courses is also ineligible.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA

Have a completed FAFSA and be eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant

Apply for Carl D. Perkins Grant