Financial Aid

These steps are a general guideline. The process can take up to 2 to 3 months to complete. Your Financial Aid process may include more steps or less, depending on your eligibility and when you begin the process.

FAFSA Deadlines

Deadline to complete FAFSA:
Fall Classes
: April 1
Spring Classes: August 1
Summer Classes: February 1

Financial Aid Status

A student’s financial aid status and eligibility is available online through Apache Access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

1: File your FAFSA

Students file FAFSA at and list Tyler Junior College (School Code 003648) in your application. Accuracy is very important!

2: Verify status in Apache Access

An email or, in some cases, a letter from Tyler Junior College Financial Aid Office will direct students to Apache Access after TJC has received the student's FAFSA. Students must know their 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, students will need to submit the requested forms to the Financial Aid Office. Students will submit most requirements as a TJC eForm and/or copies of personal documents.  Some forms require parent information and signatures for dependent students.

Students should also activate their Apache Access Student email to receive additional information from Financial Aid. Financial Aid only uses the student TJC email address to communicate with students.

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 light must be GREEN

3: Check Apache Access for additional documentation

After students have completed steps one and two, students should periodically check Apache Access to check for additionally requested documentation or to see if they have been awarded. Students must also monitor their Apache Access Student email for important financial aid information and award notifications.

4: Accept your financial aid

Once students have been awarded they will 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 students accept their offered student loans, they will need to 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.

FAFSA Overview

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. Visit to learn more.