Accepting Awards Online

HOW TO VIEW AND ACCEPT YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARDS

Students view their financial aid status and accept their financial aid award awards in the Blue and Gold Connection.  The Terms and Conditions MUST be viewed and accepted BEFORE students can review the financial aid package.  The following steps will help guide you through the process.

1. To begin, visit the Blue & Gold Connection (www.tamuk.edu/bluegold) and click LOGIN HERE

Log In


2. To access your account, you will need a User I.D. and a PIN. 

User ID and Password

  1. Your user I.D. is your K#. It must be entered with a capital K. For example: K0001234
  2. Your PIN is typically your birthday in the six digit format.  For example: MMDDYY

If you need assistance in acquiring you log in ID or password, you may contact the Registrar’s Office at (361)593-2811.


3. From the Main Menu, select “Student & Financial Aid”.

Main Menu

4. From the Student and Financial Aid Menu, select “Financial Aid”.

Departments Menu


5. On the Financial Aid Menu, select “Award”.

Award

6. On the Award Menu, select “Award for Aid Year”.

Award Aid Year


7. On the Aid Year Menu, select the year in which you are inquiring about. For example, select Award Year 2018-2019 to include awards for Fall 2018/Spring 2019/Summer 2019.

Aid Year

8. Once you have selected an aid year, you will be able to view details of your award package in the different tabs available.

Award Package Award

A. The “Award Overview” tab gives a brief over view of general financial aid information.

    1. Need Calculation- Your eligibility depends on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), your year in school, your enrollment status, and the cost of attendance. These factors are taken into consideration when determining your award package.
    2. Cost of Attendance (COA) – Your COA is the estimated amount it will cost you to go to school that is required to determine your financial aid eligibility. 
    3. Cumulative Loan Information- This is the total amount of student loans that you have borrowed.  
    4. Financial Aid Award- If you are offered financial aid, you would see your awards here. 

Award Overview

9. The Terms and Conditions MUST be viewed and accepted BEFORE you can review your financial aid package.  Click on the Terms and Conditions tab to review your rights and responsibilities.  When you accept the terms and conditions, you are agreeing to the requirements of receiving financial aid, including revisions of aid, disbursement, enrollment and withdrawal regulations.  Accepting Terms and Conditions does not mean you are accepting your award offer, it simply acknowledges that you have a better understanding of financial aid policies and your responsibilities as a financial aid recipient.  

Terms and Conditions

10.  When you have reached the “Accept Award Offer” tab, you are ready to make a decision on which award items you would like to accept or decline.

Accept award offer

a. Please note that grants are automatically accepted for you. 

b. If you accept a Federal Direct Loan and are a first time borrower at TAMUK, you must complete additional requirements, including a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling.  Both requirements should be completed at www.studentloans.gov