The first and most important step to receiving financial aid is to apply. Please select the appropriate application to complete. Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships.

FAFSA Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Permanent resident with Alien Registration Card (I-551 Visa)
  • Eligible non-citizen with an arrival/departure record (I-94 Visa)
  • Eligible for federal, state and institutional aid

Apply for FAFSA

TASFA Requirements

  • Lived in Texas 12 months prior to enrollment in a higher education institution or obtained GED in Texas
  • Lived in Texas for 36 months prior to high school graduation
  • Can only be eligible for relevant state/institutional aid
  • Ineligible to comple Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Apply for TASFA

LSCPA School Code


Priority Deadline

January 15

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by the priority deadline.

Frequently Used Links

Apply for FAFSA

Apply for TASFA

Apply for Scholarships

Schedule an Appointment

Financial Aid Forms

Satisfactory Academic Progress Module


Type Description How to Apply
Scholarships "Free money" that you do not need to repay. LSCPA Scholarships
Grants "Free money" that you do not need to repay. LSCPA Grants
Loans Need to be paid back when you enroll less than half-time or you graduate. LSCPA Loans
Work Study Can help you pay for school and living expenses. LSCPA Work Study
Exemptions A type of financial assistance allowing  Texas residents to attend a public college or university in Texas without paying tuition or, in some cases, tuition and fees. LSCPA Exemptions
Students with Disabilities May qualify for funding through the Texas Workforce Commission. LSCPA Students with Disabilities

Eligibility and fund availability requirements must be met.

More information on Types of Aid

Financial Aid is neither automatic nor guaranteed.  The process involves the student, the parent, the college, and the US Department of Education.

  1. Students must apply for financial aid every academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (if applicable). Use LSCPA school code: 016666
    • The US Department of Education determines your Student Aid Index (SAI) and sends your FAFSA to the schools of your choice. 
    • The college reviews your application for basic and institutional eligibility requirements, performs verification (when necessary), and may require additional documentation.
    • Student is awarded
  2. The student will need to review the award and:
    • Accept/Decline Loans.
    • Master Promissory Note (MPN), Student loan acknowledgment, and Direct Loan Entrance counseling required. (Takes 24-48 hours for school to receive MPN)
    • Financial Aid will be disbursed and notification will be emailed to student's tuition fee account.
  3. Student must maintain Financial Aid eligibility from year to year. 

If you are not meeting one or more of the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), then your financial aid is currently suspended.

You may appeal the denial of your financial aid if one of the following occured preventing you from meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

  • Serious medical condition or injury requiring extended recovery time.
  • Personal problems (family issues, housing problems, job related problems, etc.)
  • Death or serious illness of an immediate family member or yourself (parent, child, sibling)(recent or long term).
  • Juggling too much work (work, school, family).
  • Military service
  • Other (Excessive work hours, etc.)

You are encouraged to submit your appeal as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline of the 20th class day for Fall or Spring and the 4th class day for Summer. If the appeal deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, you should submit no later than the following business day. In reviewing appeals, we evaluate your entire academic history, not just the most recent semester or year.

**You are responsible for meeting any payment deadlines while waiting on the decision of an appeal. Please do not miss class while waiting on a decision.

Once your appeal is reviewed, you will be notified of the appeal decision via your MyLSCPA email and will be emailed a probation contract to sign with a handwritten signature.

Download Academic Progress Appeal Form

Typically, financial aid is disbursed in two payments per academic year. Students are awarded for Fall/Spring with the first disbursement of funds in the Fall and the second in the Spring.

Disbursement Dates 2024 - 2025

Term Date
Fall Term August 16, 2024
Spring Term January 13, 2025
Summer Term 1 & 3 May 23, 2024
Summer Term 2 July 7, 2024

Disbursement Dates 2023 - 2024

Term Date
Summer Term 1 & 3 May 24, 2024
Summer Term 2 July 8, 2024

Financial Aid Staff

Chris Baur
Financial Aid Director

Bridget Laughlin
Financial Aid Specialist

Eva Hiner-Weatherly
Financial Aid Advisor
VA Certified Official

Ernest Procella
Financial Aid Advisor
State Prison Population

Schawanna Gray-Trahan
Financial Aid Specialist