Fill Out The FAFSA
Many financial aid opportunities require that you first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The FAFSA is used to determine federal, state, and sometimes college-specific financial aid.
Priority deadline to complete FAFSA: We accept FAFSA applications throughout the school year, but we recommend that you complete yours by the deadline to ensure you don't miss out on available aid.
Fall Classes: April 1
Spring Classes: August 1
Summer Classes: February 1
Need help completing the FAFSA? Visit the Apache Enrollment Center or our FAFSA assistance page.
The FAFSA form applies to a single academic year. That means you need to submit a new FAFSA form each year. At TJC, our academic years start in the Fall and end in the Summer.
Have you had a change in income reported on your 2023-2024 FAFSA?
If you or your family have experienced a significant income reduction since filing your 2023-2024 FAFSA, you should consider submitting a Special Circumstance request, a TJC e-form. The Special Circumstance e-form will provide data for the financial aid office to review and possibly update the financial information already submitted on the FAFSA. Please contact the Apache Enrollment Center if you need more information by calling 903-510-2385 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
These steps are a general guideline. The process can take up to two to three months to complete. Your Financial Aid process may include more steps or less, depending on your eligibility and when you begin the process.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
1: File your FAFSA
File your FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa and list Tyler Junior College (School Code 003648) in your application. A new FAFSA application is required for each academic year.
2: Verify status in Apache Access
An email or, in some cases, a letter from TJC Financial Aid Office will direct you to Apache Access after TJC has received your FAFSA. You must know your student ID number (A#) to log into Apache Access.
After logging into Apache Access, click on the Financial Aid icon. Then click on the Financial Aid Traffic Light icon. This will take you to the Financial Aid Traffic Light menu. This screen will always give you your financial aid status at a glance. Any YELLOW lights require student action.
Students who are beginning the processing will need to complete the steps as follows:
- Click the First Step in TJC Financial Aid Process to begin.
- Click Student Requirements - if additional documentation is requested, you must submit the requested forms through the Traffic Lights document upload links. You will submit most requirements as a TJC eForm and/or copies of personal documents. Some forms require parent information and signatures for dependent students.
You should also activate your Apache Access student email to receive additional information from Financial Aid. Financial Aid only uses your TJC email address to communicate with you.
Deadline to submit ALL verification requirements*:
Fall Classes: June 1
Spring Classes: November 1
Summer Classes: April 1
These days are for step 1. See FAFSA deadlines above.
*Both 1st Step & Student Requirement lights must be GREEN
3: Check Apache Access for additional documentation
After you've completed steps one and two, you should periodically log into Apache Access to check for additionally requested documentation or to see if you have been awarded. You must also monitor your Apache Access student email for important financial aid information and award notifications.
4: Accept your financial aid
Once awarded, log on to Apache Access and click Award under the Financial Aid Traffic Light menu. All students are awarded at their maximum eligibility and must accept or decline student loans that are offered. If you accept your offered student loans, you must complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN), as indicated to complete by the yellow light on the Traffic Light menu, at the appropriate time.
The Financial Aid Process
Check out this video to learn how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) gives you access to grants, loans and work-study jobs that can help fund your education.
Information in Financial Aid
- Purchasing Textbooks
- Dependency Status
- Attendance Requirements
- IRS Transcript Information
- Undocumented Students
- Summer Financial Aid
- Financial Aid Disbursement
- Student Employment/Work Study Jobs
- Parent PLUS Loans
- Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Tuition and Fee Breakdown
- Net Cost Calculator
- Tuition Payment Agreement
- TJC NOW Emergency Funding
- Special Circumstances or Unusual Circumstances
- Financial Aid Traffic Lights
- Cost of Attendance
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to fill out a FAFSA every semester?
- Can I use Financial Aid at the Bookstore?
- I am currently attending another college and will transfer to TJC. What do I need to do regarding my financial aid?
- How can I check my financial aid status?
- Am I eligible to be a Work Study student?