Graduate Next Steps

Congratulations and welcome to Texas Woman’s!

There are a few things you need to do as a graduate student before classes start.

A TWU graduate student at commencement with the words Boldly Go underneath her.

Step 1: Your Pioneer Portal Account

  Create your Pioneer Portal account. Access it anytime at

Pioneer Portal is where you will accept your scholarships and financial aid, register for classes and more. Your Pioneer Portal account must be set up before you can access your TWU Gmail account.

SelfService is where you can view your degree plan and class schedule. Use it to sign up for classes and make sure you are on track to graduate. For help with set up, contact or call 940-898-3971.

Step 2: Your TWU Gmail Account

  • Go to and log in with your Pioneer Portal login. The first login must be on a desktop or laptop computer. Your email login information is the same as your Pioneer Portal. Example:
  • Follow the prompts to add your account
  • You can access your TWU Gmail account anytime from or logging into your Pioneer Portal account at

Find detailed step-by-step instructions for signing up to TWU GmailFor help with set up, contact or call 940-898-3971.

We recommend checking your TWU Gmail account daily or once a week. This is where communication from TWU is sent, including scholarships and financial aid award letters, housing selection and enrollment information, so it's important to check it often. For help, contact or call 940-898-3971.

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

  Submit a free federal (FAFSA) OR Texas (TAFSA) application for financial aid.

  • Applications open: Oct. 1
  • Renew FAFSA each year to qualify for more types of financial aid
  • TWU's institution code: 003646
  • TWU's FAFSA priority deadlines:
    • Summer & Fall: Jan. 15
    • Spring: Sept. 1

Step 4: Apply for Scholarships

  Submit the TWU General Scholarship Application and automatically match with scholarships you qualify for.
  • Fall deadline: March 1
  • Spring deadline: Dec. 14

  Check with your department or Career Connections if interested in Graduate Assistantships.

Step 5: Meet with your Advisor

Step 6: Register for Classes

Registering early helps ensure your place in the classes you want.

Step 7: Attend Orientation

  Register for Graduate Student Orientation.

You'll learn vital information about TWU's graduate school at orientation.

Step 8: Pay Tuition & Fees

  Visit the Bursar to pay for classes.

Pay by the posted deadlines to avoid deleting your course schedule. Review your tuition charges and fees and learn how to sign up for installment payment plans with the Bursar's office.

Page last updated 4:57 PM, August 24, 2021