House Bill 3 (HB 3) Implementation: FAFSA Application
Beginning with students enrolled in 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year, each student must do one of the following in order to graduate:
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will make a variety of resources available to support school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in implementing the new requirement.
An important part of students completing FAFSA are parents completing their tax returns. Parents, please be sure to have your 2020 Tax Returns available by October 1 of your students’ Senior year.
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It determines a student’s eligibility for need-based federal financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. Filling out the FAFSA is now easier than ever (8 steps) and it takes less than a half hour to entirely fill out.
Why should a student, even one from a family that does not necessarily qualify for financial assistance, complete the FAFSA? Completing the FASFA is a state graduation requirement for all Texas High School Students in grade 12.
Many families don’t want to bother with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid because they have heard that only students from families earning less than about $50,000 get federal grants. But the FAFSA also qualifies students of all income levels for lots of other financial aid that is awarded no matter how much, or little, the family makes.
FAFSA is the largest provider of grants, loans, and work-study funds. Parents may qualify for some of the lowest interest school loans available by starting with FAFSA. Federal Work-Study funds also require a FAFSA application.