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New Horned Frogs for Fall 2024

Financial Aid makes TCU possible for nearly 80% of our students. If you have a dream of being a Horned Frog, we’ll help you manage the application process to make it happen.

Here's your step-by-step list of what you need to do. You can also go straight to our list of Important Dates.

Step 1: Submit the 2024-2025 FAFSA

In the past, students and parents were able to access the FAFSA form with their name and Social Security Number (SSN), and then need an FSA ID to complete and sign the form. However starting with the 2024-2025 FAFSA, students and parents will not be able to access the FAFSA form without an FSA ID set up prior to starting the form. Please note that it will take 1 to 3 days for an FSA ID to go through the verification process so it is advised that you start that process now to avoid further delays once the FAFSA opens in December 2023. Those without a SSN cannot yet create an FSA ID. This access is expected to be available around the same time the 2024-2025 FAFSA is released.

       Learn About the FAFSA Updates                         Create an FSA ID                                                                  

Historically, the FAFSA has been available beginning October 1st each year. However, because of significant changes to the application and the rebuild of the FAFSA processing system, the 2024-2025 FAFSA will not be available until sometime in December 2023.  The FAFSA is free to fill out, and it’s required annually. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for federal and state financial aid.

Terminology Changes

  • Contributor: anyone who is asked to provide information on the FAFSA - student, student spouse, parent(s), and stepparent(s) for example.
  • Consent: each contributor will now need to provide their consent to the Federal Tax Information (FTI) being included in the FAFSA, even if they did not file a U.S. tax return.
  • FTI: Federal Tax Information (FTI) transferred directly from the IRS, replaces the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). 

Other Key Changes 

  • Student Aid Index (SAI) replaces the term Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • New terminology - you will notice new terminology being used in the application and aid eligibility process.
  • The number of questions on the FAFSA will be reduced.
  • For students whose parents are divorced or separated, the Custodial Parent on your FAFSA will be the parent who provides you with the most financial support and will no longer necessarily be the parent with whom you lived with the most over the past 12 months. 
  • Each contributor (student, student spouse, parent(s) or stepparent) will have to provide consent.

TCU’s FAFSA code is 003636. 

Allow about an hour to complete this application. Previously, users had the option to enter their tax information manually or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Beginning with 2024-2025, all persons on the FAFSA must provide consent for the Department of Education to receive tax information or confirmation of non-filing status directly from the IRS. 

Complete the FAFSA 


If you are classified as a Texas Resident and cannot apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you are encouraged to complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

Now available for 2024-2025, the Online Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

Complete the TASFA  

Step 2: Complete the CSS Profile

This College Board application helps determine your eligibility for institution-based financial aid. If you took the SAT, you can use the same login.  If you haven’t taken the SAT, you’ll have to create a new account. The College Board charges a fee for each college you send a CSS profile to, but some students are eligible for a fee waiver. Check the waiver requirements on the College Board website.

TCU's CSS code is 6820

 Submit a CSS Profile

Step 3: Submit Verification Documents (if requested)

If there’s conflicting information between the FAFSA and the CSS Profile or if the U.S. Department of Education requires verification, you’ll need to submit the requested documents before your financial aid award can be finalized. You can view the status of your financial aid by logging on to your email often to avoid delays should there be more documentation needed.  Please only submit verification documents if requested by TCU.

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Step 4: Watch for Your Financial Aid Award Notification

The timeline for receiving your award letter will depend on when you applied for admission. The Office of Financial Aid will notify you at the email address you provided on your admission application once this information is available. You can view your financial aid package by logging on to

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Important Dates

October 1

CSS Profile, prospective first-year students may begin to submit for the upcoming academic year

December 2023

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) available for submission for upcoming academic year

November 1

Early Action and Early Decision deadlines


Admittance letters will begin being sent by the Office of Admission


Academic Scholarship notifications, sent by the Office of Admission, begin and continue through March



Aid notifications begin for Early Decision (ED) students

Applicants for assistance must be admitted to the University before aid is committed


Schedule your audition or submit your portfolio for fine arts consideration.  Auditions and portfolio reviews generally take place at the beginning of the Spring semester; Contact the department directly for instructions


Aid notifications begin for Early Action (EA) students

Applicants for assistance must be admitted to the University before aid is committed


Admission application deadline for prospective first-year students to be considered for academic scholarships More information


Aid notifications for regular admit students

Applicants for assistance must be admitted to the University before aid is committed

February 1

Priority funding deadline for prospective first-year students; Prospective students should complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile by this date in order to be considered for all forms of aid

May 1

National school commitment date for first-year students

May 1

Priority date for all requested financial aid forms for the Fall semester; Check your email


e-Z Bill for the Fall semester is sent via email from the Office of Student Financial Services

August 1

First payment for the Fall semester becomes due