Financial Aid for Seniors

Step 1: Learn about Financial Aid and your college specific deadlines and scholarship opportunities

  • Each University/College has their own deadlines for financial aid and scholarships. It is important that you research this information.
  • The earlier you get your Financial Aid and Scholarship applications in, the better.
  • While you are finding the deadlines for your schools, also look at their scholarship application information. Many high dollar scholarships through Universities expire before January 1st of your Senior year.
  • The Texas priority deadline for the FAFSA this year is January 15, 2019. (NEW)
  • Below are some videos with more information about the Financial Aid Process and the different Types of Federal Student Aid

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

Are you eligible to complete the FAFSA? Click here to see if you are eligible

If you are a foreign student or non-US citizen residing in Texas, you may still be eligible to be classified as a Texas resident for tuition purposes. If so, you may be eligible to receive the state financial aid. Click here for more information on TASFA

Step 3: Apply for an FSA ID

Apply for an FSA ID by clicking here. Your ID will enable you to "sign" documents electronically; access your Student Aid Report (SAR) online and make corrections to your FAFSA through the web. Both the parent and student must each apply for an FSA ID, using separate email addresses. This must be done before submitting your FAFSA.

Step 4: Gather required information

1. Determine if you are a dependent or independent student (most high school students are dependent)

2. Click the link to determine that you have the documents you need to complete the FAFSA

3. Determine which parent or parents you will report on your FAFSA

Step 5: fill out the FAFSA/TASFA

To complete the FAFSA, click on the link and watch the video below:

For step by step instructions on filling out the FAFSA, click here:

If you qualify for the TASFA, click on the below link for instructions on how to complete the applications:

Step 6: Make sure you list your potential schools on your FAFSA/TASFA

In order for schools to receive your financial aid application, you have to list them on the FAFSA/TASFA. You can list up to 10 schools at a time. Schools will take the information and develop a financial aid package for you. You can send this before your applications are finished, it is better to send as soon as possible.

CSS Profile

Some schools require students to fill out the CSS profile in addition to or in place of the FAFSA.

Understanding different types of financial aid

There are many different types of financial aid. To understand the options out there, please use the link below:

School Specific Scholarship

Please make sure that you get on each college/university website that you plan to attend and look for their school scholarship opportunities. Many of these opportunities close around January 1st. You will want to apply for the specific school scholarship in order to maximize the money you may be offered.

Outside Scholarships

In order to find outside scholarships, please use the BNHS counseling website as a guide:

BNHS Counseling Newsletter includes highlighted scholarships:

NISD Scholarship Resources

UNT G-Force Website:

***Most local scholarships start coming out in the Spring, so please keep an eye out for those!***