Application Process

Financial Aid Process

  • Student and one parent, if a dependent aid applicant,  Apply for a Federal Student Aid ID to sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID is also used to sign loan documents and complete other federal aid processes electronically. The student and parent must apply for separate FSA IDs for their own personal use as the FSA ID serves as a legal signature and thus should not be shared with anyone, including family.
  • Student and parent(s) (if applicable) completes the FAFSA.
    1. It is important to file as soon as possible as some sources of financial aid have limited funds. 
    2. The federal school code for Texas A&M University-Kingsville is 003639.
    3. It is recommended that students and parents use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import tax information directly into the FAFSA, if eligible.
  • Student receives a Student Aid Report (SAR) 7-10 days after FAFSA submitted.
    1. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) sends the SAR to the email address provided on the FAFSA. If one is not provided or the email is not valid, a paper copy is sent.
    2. The SAR is a summary of the information provided on the FAFSA. Student reviews information for accuracy and verifies that Texas A&M University-Kingsville is listed correctly.
    3. If the SAR has errors, you can correct your SAR using your FSA ID on the FAFSA website
  • Verification may be required, submit documents and forms when requested. The U.S. Department of Education selects approximately 30% of students who complete the FAFSA for Verification. Verification is a process where the school confirms that the data reported on the FAFSA is accurate. Students will be informed by the U.S. Department of Education on the SAR if they are selected and will receive notices from Texas A&M University-Kingsville of the required Verification documents that must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Financial Aid Award Letter Created. After an electronic version of the SAR is received by the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Office of Student Financial Aid (and verification has been completed, if applicable), the student's financial need is calculated. A student's estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) less the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) equals financial need. Several types of financial aid are based on financial need.
    1. The Financial Aid Award Letter notice is then emailed to the student at the student's Texas A&M University-Kingsville email account. The Award Offer will include aid programs for which the student is eligible taking into consideration the calculated need. 
    2. The student should follow the instructions provided in the Award Offer email and utilize all of the supporting documents referenced in it.
  • Award Offer Review.  The student will need to log in to JNet  to access and review the financial aid package and to indicate the intended action (Accept / Reduce Award Amount / Decline) as to the aid offered.
  • If accepting a Direct Student (Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized) Loan, the student must complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) online. Loan Entrance Counseling and the MPN need to be completed prior to disbursement of Direct Loan funds, otherwise release of the funds will be delayed. It is recommended that these loan application requirements be satisfied 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the semester of first enrollment.
  • Students must reapply for financial aid each year.