Financial Aid

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial aid can include scholarships, grants, work study and loans.  When you apply for financial aid, you are automatically considered for grants and loans so you do not need to apply for them separately. You may also apply for scholarships in addition to your financial aid or for only scholarships. To make sure you receive the most aid possible, students are encouraged to file a FAFSA and complete the TWU Scholarship Application each year.

Financial Aid Checklist

Step 1: Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Determine your eligibility to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Create an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID), if needed. The FSA ID will serve as an electronic signature on your FAFSA.
  3. Complete the FAFSA (Texas Woman's University Federal School Code is 003646.)
    • 2023-2024 FAFSA available now.
      • 2023-2024 FAFSA will be used to determine financial aid eligibility for Summer 2023, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
      • 2023-2024 FAFSA has a priority deadline of January 15, 2023.
      • Students and parents will need to use tax information from 2021 to complete the application.
    • Undocumented students should complete a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TAFSA). Application availability and priority deadlines mimic the FAFSA.
  4. Submit all required documentation.
  5. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) for any discrepancies and/or important messages about your aid eligibility. The SAR is a summary of your FAFSA data and will display your Expected Family Contribution (EFC,) which is used to determine your aid eligibility. You should review your SAR for any errors you may have made on the FAFSA and review the messages provided on the SAR about your aid eligibility. Your FAFSA information will be received by TWU after it is processed by the federal processor.
  6. Monitor your To-Do list within the TWU Pioneer Portal for confirmation of TWU’s receipt of your FAFSA and requests for additional documents to complete your financial aid file.
  7. Check your TWU email regularly for important information about your financial aid.
  8. Review different types of financial aid programs
    • Grants
    • Scholarships
    • Loans
    • Student Employment

Step 2: Apply for Scholarships

  1. Create a TWU Pioneer Portal Account.
  2. Apply for scholarships on the TWU Pioneer Scholarship System.
    • Complete the General Application and Recommended Opportunities.

Note: Scholarship recipients will be notified through their TWU email of the award. 

Step 3: Accept or Reject Your Financial Aid Awards

Once your FAFSA has been received and all requirements have been met, watch for your official financial aid notification. Financial Aid awards are based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), grade level, enrollment status and other factors.

  1. Access your financial aid awards through the TWU Pioneer Portal.
  2. Access information about viewing your award letter
  3. Accept or reject each financial aid award offered to you.
  4. Review and sign your Financial Aid Award Letter.

Note: During the fall and spring semesters, financial aid will usually disburse to student accounts on the first day of class.

Step 4: Meet and Maintain Eligibility Requirements

  1. File a FAFSA and complete the TWU Scholarship application each year.
  2. Monitor important dates and deadlines.
  3. Check your Federal Direct Loan borrowing and Federal Pell Grant usage on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
  4. Read and understand how Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements impact your financial aid eligibility.
  5. Review General Requirements including enrollment, repeating courses, failure to enroll/re-enroll and others.
  6. Talk to Financial Aid before withdrawing from classes.


Consumer Rights

Rights and Responsibilities for Financial Aid Recipients | Consumer Information | Academic / Administrative Complaints & Appeals

Page last updated 12:26 PM, June 28, 2023