Got a question about financial aid? You may just find the answer to what you're looking for in our helpful list of frequently asked questions below.
To be eligible to receive federal and state student aid, you must meet the requirements noted here.
There are still some sources of aid for you. Your country's government, or its embassy in the United States, may have aid for students. You can also look into applying for scholarships.
You can learn how to apply for financial assistance by clicking here. Please note that certain types of aid (usually loans) do require additional paperwork.
Find a comprehensive list of all financial aid related deadlines here.
The parent whom you have lived with the longest period of time during the past 12 months is the parent whose information you will need to include on your FAFSA.
If you did not live with either parent, or lived with each parent for an equal number of days, you should include information on your FAFSA for the parent who provided the most financial support (i.e., housing, food, clothing, transportation, medical care, school) for you during the last 12 months.
You must include your stepparent's information on your FAFSA if:
- You lived in your stepparent's household for six weeks (a period of 42 days) or more during the previous or current year, or
- Your stepparent contributed more than $750 in financial support (i.e., housing, food, clothing, transportation, medical care, school) to you during the previous or current year
To determine whether you are eligible to file as a dependent, please see the Help Section of the FAFSA web site.
If you do not meet any of the criteria noted in their help section, but still feel that you should be considered as an independent student, you may submit a Petition for Independent Status to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Typically, you do not include your grandparents' information on your FAFSA, but it depends on the situation. If you are simply living apart from your parents, you should still include your parents' information on your FAFSA.
Verification is a process used to verify the accuracy of certain information you entered on your FAFSA. Some students are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, while others are selected by our university. If you are selected for verification, you will need to provide specific documentation before any money can be disbursed to you. The sooner you verify your information, the sooner you'll be able to receive the aid you're eligible for.
To learn how to proceed once you've been selected for verification, click here.
Sometimes things happen that you cannot anticipate, like the loss of a job or the death of a parent or spouse. Whatever the reason, you may submit a Special Circumstances Form to the Office of Student Financial Assistance to reflect any sudden changes in your life that may impact your financial aid awards.
If you find you've made a mistake after submitting your FAFSA, you will have to wait until after it has been processed to make corrections. Corrections can be made online via the FAFSA web site.
You can check the status of your FAFSA immediately after submitting it online. You can check the status of a paper FAFSA after it has been processed (roughly 7-10 days from the date mailed).
To check the status of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
- Go to the FAFSA on the Web home page and click Start Here to log in, or
- Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
If your FAFSA is still being processed, we recommend that you wait a few days before checking the status again.
Should you need to make any changes to the award amounts you have accepted/declined, you can do so by submitting a Change Request Form (also often referred to as a "Repack" form) to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
If you were awarded and have elected to take out any student loans, you will be required to complete an entrance loan counseling session as well as sign a Master Promisorry Note (MPN).
Parents taking out Parent PLUS Loans are required to complete a separate process.
All private scholarships (scholarships not awarded by the University) should be submitted to our office for processing so that the necessary adjustments can be made to your financial aid award. Once processed, all monies from private scholarships will be automatically credited to your tuition and fees bill.
If you are awarded funds in excess of what you owe in tuition and fees, this remaining balance (called a 'refund') will be distributed to you depending upon the payment option you selected through your Higher One Easy Refund card. This money can then be used to pay for your rent, text books, or whatever else you may choose to use it for.
The Higher One Easy Refund Card is how refunds are processed at Texas A&M
University-Corpus Christi. It is NOT a credit card! If this is your first semester at A&M-Corpus Christi, your card will be mailed to the billing address you have on file with the University.
Once you receive your card, you must activate it and select a refund preference in order to receive any
refund monies from the Business Office.
Learn more about the Easy Refund Card by clicking here or contact the Business Office.
Absolutely! If you're living on campus at Camden Miramar, you can complete a Housing Payment Option Request Form, which allows the Business Office to charge part of your initial housing payment to your tuition bill in anticipation of future aid. If your application is approved,
your initial housing payment will be forwarded to Camden Miramar upon move-in. For more information on this procedure, or to obtain a copy of the form, please visit the University Housing web site.
You can also use your refund money to purchase text books on campus at the B&N University Bookstore or at another vendor of your choosing.
There are numerous ways and methods in which you can fund your education outside the 'traditional' forms of financial aid (grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study). You can learn more about these options by clicking here.
By visiting the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) web site, you can determine how much money in student loans you have borrowed, what you can expect your monthly loan payment(s) to be, and what your repayment options are.
You can find information on any outstanding Perkins loan you have taken out by visiting the AMS Servicing web site or contact them by phone at 1.800.458.4492.
The federal government requires institutions to collect a tax transcript to verify a processed tax returns. If you are selected for verification you must submit a tax return transcript for yourself and parents(dependent) as well as an institutional verification worksheet.