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Applying for Financial Aid

We recommend that all students complete a financial aid application in order to determine eligibility for grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the financial aid application used to determine financial aid eligibility for students who are U.S. Citizens or eligible Non-Citizens. Students who do not qualify to submit the FAFSA but are Texas residents, must submit the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). Both applications must be submitted annually. International students who do not qualify to submit the FAFSA or TASFA can submit applications for scholarships.

The Federal Student Aid offers additional information to help you complete your FAFSA.

Students must be in compliance with the University's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy in order to receive federal, state and institutional aid.

Important dates to remember:

  • October 1st - FAFSA application opens for new year (2024-2025 FAFSA application will open in December 2023)
  • January 15th - Priority date to submit the annual application

Your guide to the Financial Aid process consists of the following steps:

  • Apply for an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov so you can electronically sign your application. If you are a Dependent student, your parent or guardian must also apply for an FSA ID. For instructions on how to create an FSA ID .

  • Complete the FAFSA online at studentaid.gov . Include TAMIU's Federal School Code, 009651, on your application. If you have questions when completing the FAFSA, you can contact our office



  • Federal Income Tax returns are needed in order to fill out the FAFSA. You will need yours, if filed, and your parents, if you are a Dependent student. The Direct Data Exchange (DDX) is available through FAFSA on the web. The retrieval tool allows applicants and parents the ability to transfer their income information from the IRS to the FAFSA. It is highly advised that students who are eligible, use the tool to avoid common filing mistakes and processing delays. The tool also makes the verification process easier for students. 

If you are not a U.S. citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen but are a Texas Resident, you may be eligible to receive state aid by completing the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). The paper application is available in our office or for online application TASFA.



Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are not eligible for federal student aid; however, they may be eligible to complete a FAFSA to determine their eligibility for state and institutional financial aid. For more information on FAFSA & DACA students .

Please logon to Uconnect to review your application status and check for additional requirements. You must have an active student email account to access Uconnect. For Net ID and Dusty E-mail account setup click here.

If you are selected for verification, you will need to provide additional paperwork. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Verification Forms

  • IRS Tax Transcript/Copy of Income Tax - If you used the Direct Data Exchange (DDX) and did not change any income information, you will not be required to submit a tax transcript/copy of income tax. If you did not use the retrieval tool, we advise that you log back into your FAFSA and use the correction feature to update income information wit the Direct Data Exchange (DDX) . Requesting and submitting a tax transcript will cause a delay in processing your aid. Instructions for requesting a IRS Tax transcript.

Complete verification forms and submit other verifications documents on Verify My FAFSA.

How to create a Verify My FAFSA account

Your FAFSA is subject to corrections based on the information you provide, which may affect your financial aid award package.

You can view your award letter and accept your awards online through Uconnect.

You must have an active student email account to access Uconnect. For Net ID and DUSTY E-mail setup click here.

How to review and accept Financial Aid step-by-step.

If you are accepting a Federal student loan, you will need to complete online entrance counseling and your Master Promissory Note at: http://studentaid.gov.

Texas A&M International University
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center (ZSC) 214
5201 University Blvd.
Laredo, TX 78041
Phone 956.326.2225
Fax 956.326.2224
Email financialaid@tamiu.edu