To apply for financial aid, students who are US citizens or permanent residences must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The application for the coming school year becomes available October 1st. We encourage you to complete it as soon as possible to maximize the types of funding you might be awarded.
How do I submit a FAFSA?
Get a FSA ID
Create your FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. This FSA ID will give you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems where you can submit your FAFSA. Both you and your parents will need separate FSA IDs. Do not create an FSA ID for your parents or vice versa. Your FSA ID is for your own exclusive use.
Submit your FAFSA
Complete your FAFSA at fsaid.ed.gov. Don’t forget to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to avoid manually typing out income and tax information. Submit your FAFSA by UTSA’s financial aid priority deadline (March 15) to maximize your opportunity to receive free money like grants.
Review your Student Aid Report and Fix Rejections
After your submission, the US Dept. of Education will email you your Student Aid Report (SAR). If your FAFSA received a “Rejected Status”, follow the steps to fix and resubmit. Your report also shows your Expected Family Contribution, a measure used to determine need-based Financial Aid.