Filling out your FAFSA application

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is your one-stop destination to apply for both financial aid and merit-based aid at the same time. is a federal website that allows you to submit your aid application online. The cost of attending college can be daunting for some, so it’s important to make sure you’re receiving all the assistance possible by filing your FAFSA.

Complete this form as early as possible, as aid is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis here at TJC. Be sure to list Tyler Junior College (School Code 003648) in your application.

Additionally, if you plan to receive a scholarship here at TJC, it’s important to note that the first step in applying for scholarships is filling out the FAFSA. The priority deadline for 2018-2019 aid is April 1, 2018.

The FAFSA uses your income reports to create a snapshot of you and your family’s financial situation in order to better understand your need. After it’s processed, your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will be calculated. The EFC is the amount of your own money that you will be responsible for providing during the academic year.

TJC will look at your EFC and your estimated cost of attendance and analyze the amount of aid that will be available to you.

Lastly, don’t assume that your parents make too much money for you to get financial aid. Your parent’s income is just one of many factors that determine how much aid you’re able to receive.

If you have any questions regarding the FAFSA, be sure to stop by White Administrative Services Center and ask the financial aid staff there any questions you might have. Don’t be afraid to reach out!

TJC holds open workshops to walk students through filling out the FAFSA. The next one will be on March 27, 2018 from 2-6 p.m. at White Administration.

Check out this video to learn how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) gives you access to grants, loans and work-study jobs that can help fund your education.

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Karina is the TJC Marketing student assistant. She's also a student in the Presidential Honors program.