Applying for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the financial aid application used to determine financial aid eligibility, for instructions. It must be submitted yearly. We recommend that all students complete a FAFSA regardless of whether you think you'll qualify. In addition to the FAFSA, separate applications are required for scholarships. There are also additional forms and requirements that must be completed in order to be eligible to receive financial aid. These requirements can be found by logging on to your Uconnect account.

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 any federal, state and most institutional aid.

Important dates to remember:

  • October 1st - FAFSA available
  • January 15th - Priority date

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 fafsa.ed.gov . Include TAMIU's Federal School Code, 009651, on your application. If you have questions when completing the FAFSA, you can contact our office or go to studentaid.ed.gov
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  • 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 IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) 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. For more information, regarding the DRT.

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.
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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 to review your application status and check for additional document requests and requirements. You must have an active student email account to access Uconnect. For instructions on activating your email account.

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 If you used the IRS Data Retrieval tool and did not change any income information, you will not be required to submit a tax transcript. 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 IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Requesting and submitting a tax transcript will cause a delay in processing your aid.  Instructions for requesting a IRS Tax transcript.

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 instructions on activating your account.

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: studentloans.gov. Note: In-person entrance counseling is required for first-time loan borrowers at TAMIU.

Other options available on Uconnect include, but are not limited to: Overall Financial Aid Status, Account Summary by Term, Award Payment Schedule, Award History and Loan Application History.

For additional information regarding the Financial Aid Process.

Texas A&M International University
Zaffirini Student Success Center Suite 214
5201 University Blvd.
Laredo, TX 78041

Phone 956.326.2225
Fax 956.326.2224