Financial Aid: FAFSA or TASFA?
FAFSA or TASFA?
Depending on your situation you will apply for financial aid one of two ways:
- If you have a Social Security Number, you will fill out the FAFSA
- If you do not have a Social Security Number or have a Social Security Number through DACA, you will fill out the TASFA
Seniors, if you want help on FASFA or TASFA application, go to the FASFA Worksheet for Help 2020-2021 Tab on Website: https://www.akinseagles.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=296651&type=d&pREC_ID=1777288
Most senior students will apply for FASFA or TASFA as a dependent, meaning they will have to provide information about their parents. Wondering whether you're independent or dependent? Check out the link: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/dependency#dependency-questions
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
What is the FAFSA?
- The FAFSA is the free online application students can use to receive federal aid.
What kind of aid can I receive through the FAFSA?
- You can receive grants, loans, and work study.
How to apply for FAFSA
- Before beginning your FAFSA application, you and your parent must make an FSA ID. This is like a username and it makes it easier once you are ready to submit!
- Click on the link below to make one:
- After you have made your FSA ID, you can begin your application.
- Click on the link below to begin:
- There you will select "Start A New FAFSA) and enter your FSA ID
Documents you need:
- Parent W-2 Forms and tax forms 1040 for the year prior-prior (2018).
What is the TASFA?
- The TASFA is the free application students can use receive state aid.
What kind of aid can I receive through the TASFA?
- You can receive grants and possible work study and possible loans.
How to apply for the TASFA
- Click on this link: Link will become available on Oct 1st, 2019
- Here you will find the .pdf application in English and in Spanish.
- NOTE: You will have to submit a separate application for each college that you apply to.
- Ms. Banegas manages all TASFA applications for Akins. Visit her in the CCC for help!
Documents you need:
- Parent tax return, tax transcript, and W-2’s for the year prior-prior (2018)
- Student tax return, tax transcript, and W-2’s for the year prior-prior (2018)
- Required documents vary school to school
- Scholarships: Awards that students MUST APPLY FOR that are based on need, merit, or achievement that DO NOT HAVE TO BE REPAID.
- Grants: Awards that students QUALIFY for vs. applying for that are mostly awarded on the basis of need and DO NOT HAVE TO BE REPAID.
- Work Study: On and sometimes off-campus jobs for students who demonstrate financial need. Hours are limited. Students must apply for this aid through the FAFSA or the TASFA.
- Loans: Money that is BORROWED and MUST BE REPAID WITH INTEREST. There are different types of loans, and students should accept certain types of loans first before restoring to other.