Steps to Financial Aid
For your convenience, you may download a checklist of "Planning Steps to Apply for Financial Aid at TWU".
- Complete the Free Federal Application (FAFSA on the Web) using the IRS Data Retrieval. Click here for additional information.
- Complete all sections of the TWU Financial Aid Certification and Information Form.
- Have all required financial aid forms and requested information in to the TWU Financial Aid Office by the deadline.
- Complete Entrance Loan Counseling if you are awarded a student loan.
- Complete a Master Promissory Note at https://studentloans.gov/ if you have been awarded a Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, or Federal Direct PLUS Loan. The Master Promissory Note (MPN) is valid for 10 years. You do not need to complete the MPN each year after the initial signing.
- Accept your awards by going to your TWU Portal account to view your awards in WebAdvisor. Once you review your awards, you must accept or reject all or part of the awards using the "Accept or Reject My Financial Aid Awards" link in WebAdvisor. Funds will not be disbursed to your student account until this is complete.
- Enroll in at least six semester hours each semester for which you apply for financial aid (Some programs require fulltime enrollment -- 12 semester hours for undergraduates, 9 semester hours for graduate students.)
- Know your satisfactory academic progress requirements. Consult the TWU Financial Aid Office if you are an undergraduate student and plan to drop below 12 semester hours, or if you are a graduate student and plan to drop below 6 semester hours.
- Activate your TWU OneCard as soon as you receive it. For first time TWU students, you will receive your card approximately two weeks after you register for classes. You cannot receive a financial aid refund without activating your TWU OneCard. Contact the TWU Bursar's Office for additional information.
- Keep your mailing address, e-mail address and phone number up to date with the Registrar's Office, TWU Portal Account and TWU OneCard.
- Your TWU email address is the primary source of communication from the TWU Financial Aid Office. Read and respond promptly to any information received from the TWU Financial Aid Office.
Graduate Student Information
- Graduate students must be accepted into the Graduate School and into a graduate degree or certificate program. Students accepted into a non-degree status are not eligible for financial aid with the exception of emergency loan funds for tuition and fees.
- Graduate students may begin the financial aid application process before receiving acceptance into a graduate or certificate program. However, no financial aid can be awarded until students are accepted into a graduate degree or certificate program.
- Students who are admitted to a degree or certificate seeking Post Baccalaureate program may be considered for any remaining undergraduate loan eligibility, for Work Study, for Texas Public Education Grant, and Graduate Board Authorized Tuition Grant.
- After a student has completed a bachelor's degree, she/he is not eligible for Pell Grant, Supplemental Grant, nor most other need-based grants. Eligible graduate students may be awarded the Texas Public Education Grant and the Graduate Board Authorized Tuition Grant; however, funds are very limited from these awards.
- Full time enrollment for graduate students is 9 semester hours. Half time enrollment is 6 semester hours. Students must be enrolled full-time to receive TWU scholarships and must be enrolled half-time for financial aid purposes.
- When a graduate student has completed all her/his course work and only lacks the professional paper, thesis, or dissertation, she/he can be certified as enrolled half-time for financial aid purposes.
- Graduate students are automatically considered as independent students and are not required to report parental information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Post Baccalaureate students are not automatically independent. A Post Baccalaureate student must answer "Yes" to at least one of the dependency questions on the FAFSA to be considered independent.
- Financial aid recipients who are seniors planning to enroll in graduate school may qualify for a GRE Fee Waiver. Contact the TWU Financial Aid Office for an application for the waiver.