Know the Basics

Cost of Attendance

A student’s Cost of Attendance (COA) budget is calculated as the estimated amount of tuition, fees, and books a student will be expected to pay in order to attend school at UTSHCSA.  Additional allowances are given for room and board, transportation costs, and miscellaneous expenses.

Financial Need

A student’s financial need is determined by subtracting their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by their FAFSA data from their COA budget.  If the number is positive then the student is deemed to have financial need in that amount.  If the number is negative then they do not and will not be eligible to participate in need-based programs such as state grants or college work study for example.

Direct Deposit

Students can sign up for direct deposit through the Student Self Service Center through the Portal. This should be completed at least 10 days prior to your first expected disbursement.  You will need a bank account in the United States and a permanent social security number.

Forms

You can view and print all Veteran Services and Financial Aid forms.

Holds

Holds on your records can impact your ability to receive your financial aid in a timely manner.  Please review our list of common holds and the actions you may need to take to remove them from your account.

Top 10 Questions

There are several questions that students ask our office on a daily basis. Please review these questions and see if yours is listed.

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Designated Tuition Set Aside

What is it and how does it affect my financial aid?

Veteran Benefits

Our office is here to help our veterans and their dependents through the certification process.   Students receiving VA Education benefits are still eligible to receive Financial Aid.  The student should apply for Financial Aid by visiting the Federal Student Aid website – www.fafsa.ed.gov   (UTHSCSA’s school code is 003659).

Campus Safety

Safeguarding the security of students is a paramount concern of federal, state and local governments, as well as the institutions that enroll these students. Section 485(f) of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 contains statutory requirements related to campus crime and security, known collectively as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). A federal mandate requiring all institutions of higher education that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crime on their campuses and in the surrounding communities, the Clery Act is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.