Financial Aid Graduation Requirements
House Bill 3 Implementation
Financial Aid Application
Students enrolled in 12th grade must do one of the following in order to graduate:
- Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Complete and submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)
- Submit a signed opt-out form available at the WHS College & Career Center.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will make a variety of resources available to support school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in implementing the new requirement.
WHS Senior Parents
To provide seniors with the tools that they need to complete the FAFSA, senior parents should plan to have their prior year's taxes completed by October 1 of their student's senior year.
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- Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)
- Creating and Using the FSA ID
Right now, over 1.4 million students left $2.7 billion in financial aid on the table by not completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal financial aid for college is often underutilized due to the complexity of required paperwork; however, 90% of students who do complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) enroll in school. This year, the FAFSA is being streamlined in the hope of increasing participation.
- It's FREE. It doesn't cost you anything.
- It's EASY. The application has been majorly simplified.
- It's FAST. It takes most students just 30 minutes to complete.
When is the deadline?
The Texas state priority deadline for many institutions of higher education is January 15, 2023, for the 2023-24 award year. It is recommended that applicants complete and submit the application and any other required documentation to the financial aid office prior to the state priority deadline date. The final FAFSA form deadline is June 30, 2023.
There are many opportunities for students to receive assistance completing their FAFSA or TASFA.
- The WHS College & Career Center partners with Navarro College to offer guidance on how to apply for financial aid assistance for any and all colleges.
- Students and families are welcome to contact the Navarro College Financial Aid Office with FAFSA questions and to receive guidance on how to complete the process, whether attending Navarro College or not. Call Navarro College at (903) 875-7400 or via email.
- In-person assistance is available at the Navarro College (Waxahachie) campus. No appointment is necessary and computers are available.