How to Apply for Financial Aid

Hardin-Simmons can accept either a FAFSA or TASFA to determine student eligibility for federal and/or state financial aid.  The FREE application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for all US citizens.  The FAFSA opens October 1 for the following school year.  德州申请州财政援助(TASFA)适用于所有非美国公民的德州居民.  The TASFA opens October 1 for the following school year.


Financial Aid Basics

So, what is financial aid? Financial aid consists of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment opportunities to help students finance college and other postsecondary education.  Financial aid resources are intended to supplement, not replace, the financial resources of the family.

Financial aid exists primarily in two categories: need-based and merit-based aid.

  • Need-based aid 颁发给由联邦学生援助免费申请(FAFSA)确定的经济资格的学生。.
  • Merit-based aid is generally given to students in recognition of special skills, talents, and/or academic accomplishments.

经济援助的主要目的是帮助学生支付高等教育的费用, 请记住,这并不能免除父母支付子女教育费用的主要责任.  To achieve this objective, 必须评估家庭支付教育费用的经济能力,以便公平公正地分配有限的资源.

Financial Aid Basics

Determining Financial Need

When applying for federal student aid, the information you report on the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid “, or the “FAFSA”, is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). 用于计算EFC的公式是由联邦法律规定的,用于根据您的家庭收入来衡量您的家庭经济实力, assets, family size and number of family members in post-secondary education. EFC用于确定您是否有资格获得联邦学生援助以及其他学生援助计划. Cost of attendance (COA) is also referred to as a budget. Financial need is determined by subtracting the EFC from the COA. Please see the formula below.

Cost of attendance – Expected Family Contribution = Financial Need


Financial Need – Other Outside Assistance = Eligibility for Need-Based Aid (grants, subsidized student loans and work study)

Determining Need

Scholarship funding is available through HSU, for those who have Applied for Admission. 一旦你被录取,你将收到你符合资格的奖学金通知(见 Hardin-Simmons Institutional Scholarships). Click here to check the status of your application.

To start the process of obtaining financial aid, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form must be completed online. Online applications require an FSA ID for both you and a parent or guardian. The FAFSA may be sent to HSU beginning Oct. 1. FAFSA是基于两年以前的税务信息,是一份必须每年提交的文件. Some funding is limited, so for priority processing, submit the form as soon as possible each year. Make sure to include HSU’s code: 003571.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used to evaluate your and your family’s ability to pay for your education; however, there are some specific situations that may result in an inaccurate assessment of this ability.

To review these situations, we use the special circumstance review, which allows you and your family to document your individual financial situation.  Our committee will then determine if we are able to provide additional financial aid.

If you are facing one of the situations listed below, please consider requesting a special circumstance review.

Qualifying special circumstance review reasons:

  • Loss employment.
  • 分居或离婚(只有当父母/继父母双方的收入都包括在FAFSA中,并且在FAFSA提交后发生分居或离婚时,才能进行更改.)
  • Death of parent(s) (if the deceased parent’s income was included on the FAFSA.)
  • Loss of child support (changes can only be made if child support was included on the FAFSA.)
  • 不寻常的医疗费用(FAFSA已经允许一定比例的与医疗费用有关的收入保护津贴.)
  • Catastrophic loss, such as a natural disaster.
  • Deduction of one-time payment (e.g. retirement, payouts, severance pay)

The following DO NOT qualify as a special circumstance review:

  • Parents refuse to contribute to the student’s education.
  • Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification.
  • Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes.
  • The student demonstrates total self-sufficiency.
  • Year to year fluctuations in income.
  • Credit card or other personal debts.
  • Standard living expenses.
  • Vacation expenses.
  • All other discretionary expenses.

Keep in Mind:

  • There is no deadline for submitting a Professional Judgment Appeal. However, the U.S. 教育部要求你仍然作为学生注册,以便处理上诉.
  • Appeals are typically reviewed within 2-4 weeks after submission. During busy processing times (such as the summer), it may take longer for your appeal to be evaluated.
  • If the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) calculated from the FAFSA is zero, 你没有资格完成上诉,因为你目前正在接受联邦最高金额, state, and institutional aid for which you are qualified. 你可以在FAFSA的学生援助报告(SAR)和/或自助服务的经济援助通知上找到你的EFC.
  • Only undergraduate students are eligible to apply.
  • This review does not guarantee that you will receive additional funds.
  • You must complete verification before your special circumstance appeal can be reviewed.
  • Requesting an appeal does not guarantee that you will be granted one.

Please complete the Professional Judgment Appeal Request Form 解释您要求进行审查的专业判断的合格原因.

Special circumstance decisions are final. A student cannot appeal to the university president or to the U.S. Department of Education. 国会将对联邦学生援助免费申请(FAFSA)的数据元素进行调整的权力授权给了大学财政援助管理员, and only the college financial aid administrator.

你的免费联邦学生援助申请(FAFSA)可能会在一个被称为验证的过程中被选中进行审查. The Department of Education says that before awarding Federal Student Aid, we may ask you to confirm the information you and your parents reported on your FAFSA. To verify that you provided correct information, 你学校的经济援助办公室会将你的FAFSA与你提供的文件进行比较. If there are differences, your FAFSA information may need to be corrected. If selected, you will be directed to your Campus Logic StudentForms to complete the steps necessary for verification. You and a parent will be asked to sign a verification webform, attach any required documents, 并在网上提交表格和其他必要的文件给你学校的财政援助管理员. Your school may ask for additional information. If you have questions about verification, 尽快联系你的经济援助管理员,这样你的经济援助就不会被延误.

新的联邦指导方针现在规定,FAFSA验证不能再使用纸质纳税申报表完成. 所有文件必须以官方税务记录或IRS电子数据检索工具的形式直接来自IRS. This IRS Link transfers the necessary tax information directly to your FAFSA.

Below is a list of the documents and actions from you, which may be required by the federal government to complete your FAFSA Verification.

  1. Provide a SIGNED, completed copy of the Verification Webform through Campus Logic StudentForms.
  2. 受抚养学生-使用IRS数据检索工具转移您父母的联邦纳税申报表信息. 一旦您的税务信息通过IRS链接成功转移,不要忘记电子重新签名并重新提交FAFSA. If your parents did not and are not required to file an Income Tax Return, 你可能会被要求提交所有父母的W2表格副本,以及美国国税局的非申报核实函( > get your tax record > Get Transcript Online > request “Verification of Non-filing Letter”).  If you (the student) did not and are not required to file a 2019 Tax Return, 您可能需要提交所有2019年W2表格的副本以及非申报声明的核实.
  3. 独立学生-使用IRS数据检索工具转移您(和您的配偶)的2019年联邦纳税申报表信息. 一旦您的税务信息成功转移,不要忘记电子签名并重新提交FAFSA. If you did not and are not required to file a 2019 Income Tax Return, 您可能需要提交所有您(和/或您的配偶)2019年W2表格的副本以及非申报声明的验证.

Bona fide Texas residents must submit a Texas Residency Affirmation form before being awarded any state grant or loan funds.

Look through the “Outside Scholarship Opportunities“. It contains numerous helpful, safe websites and more than 100 scholarship offers provided to HSU students from numerous donors.

Talk to your high school counselor and explore credible websites like to learn more about the availability of outside awards. Your local library, newspaper, and community organizations are also good sources for scholarship information. Your church may offer a scholarship that may also be eligible for matching by HSU. See the Forms section for the forms that need to accompany Outside Scholarships.

Beware of scholarship search services that may be scams and/or frauds. Do not pay for information or services that are provided free elsewhere.

Once admitted, students can apply for additional scholarship opportunities through Scholarship Central, HSU’s endowed scholarship management system, which houses all our departmental scholarship opportunities offered across campus.

Once admitted to HSU, filed your FAFSA, and submitted verification documents (if applicable), 你将收到一份官方的经济援助通知,其中列出了你符合资格的援助类型和金额. You can access your financial awards on our Student Self-Service website. You will need to accept all of the financial aid that you want to use for your award year.

如果你有资格并希望在校园工作,并且已经提前注册了下一个长学期, you may apply for one of the many part-time jobs available on campus. Please note that there are typically more students wanting jobs than there are available jobs. You can find more information about job fairs, seminars, and job searching on our Career Services page. By activating your account in our online recruiting platform Handshake, you can view open positions on- and off-campus, submit your resume for employers to view, see upcoming event details, and access career documents and resources.

如果你已经获得了直接贷款,或者决定你需要寻求家长贷款或私人教育贷款, please refer to the Loans section.

A $300 enrollment deposit for all new students must be paid prior to class registration. The deposit can be refunded until May 1.

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