What happens next?

5 to 10 days after you submit your FAFSA, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA processor. Read and follow the instructions on the SAR and submit any needed corrections as directed. Our office will receive your FAFSA electronically and review it for completion. We may request additional information from you if needed. Then we’ll review your application over the next three to four weeks. To determine your eligibility for need-based financial aid, we take into consideration the Cost of Attendance (COA) and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the federal government from the information you provided on the FAFSA. We’ll e-mail and mail a letter to you when a financial aid package has been awarded to you.

Examples of Financial Need Calculations

Based on the information you provide on the FAFSA, we calculate your financial need by subtracting your Expected Family Contribution from the Cost of Attendance:

Sample Calculation
Undergraduate Texas Resident Non-resident
Cost of Attendance (COA) $16,738* $27,598*
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)  $1,278* $1,278*
Student’s Financial Need $15,460* $26,320*

*Actual figures vary by student

To check what documents are required from you for the Financial Aid Office, Check Your Financial Aid Status.