Info for Parents

Academic Scholarships

  • Apply for admission to the University by February 1. No additional application is necessary.
  • Be in the top 15% of your high school graduating class.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-March.

Fine Arts Awards

  • Auditions for these awards generally take place at the beginning of the spring semester.
  • Please schedule auditions by early January.
  • To schedule an audition, contact the specific department.
  • Recipients will be notified in April.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Important Dates

Once TCU receives the electronic results from your FAFSA, we may request additional supporting documentation. Please be sure to submit only requested information to the TCU Financial Aid office as soon as possible.

Other Financial Aid

Please contact the TCU Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid for information on any assistance program.

Important Dates and Deadlines

October 1 Students may begin filing their FAFSA  and  CSS Profile

November 1 Early Action and Early Decision deadlines.

December Academic scholarship notifications begin and continue through March. First financial aid notifications will be sent to freshmen who have completed a FAFSA & CSS Profile.

February 1 Any student wishing to be considered for academic scholarship awards must have a complete application, including counselor and teacher evaluations, on file in the Office of Admissions. Incoming freshmen should have their FAFSA and CSS Profile completed by this date in order to insure notification of financial aid award before the May 1 national school commitment date.

March 15 Free Application for Federal Financial Aid should be filed by this date to insure the results will be in the Financial Aid Office by May 1 for all returning students.

May 1 National school commitment date for incoming freshmen. Financial Aid Office must receive the results of the FAFSA by this date to qualify for priority funding on grants and work-study.

After May 1 – If TCU receives your FAFSA data after May 1, students will be awarded loan eligibility; grant funds only awarded if funds are available.

June 1 Financial Aid Office must receive the results of the FAFSA for incoming transfer students by this date.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is financial aid and how do we apply?
Financial Aid is money from the federal and state government, the institution of higher education, and private resources that assist a family in meeting the cost of the student’s education. Financial aid is composed of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans. The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility for need-based financial aid.

How do I become eligible for financial aid?
To be eligible for federal financial aid, your student must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at The FAFSA  should be submitted no later than March 15 for incoming freshmen and not later than May 1 for returning students. This form is completed annually and used by TCU to determine federal financial aid eligibility. To be considered by TCU for institutional aid all incoming freshmen are required to complete the CSS Profile available October 1 at

How is financial aid determined?
The majority of financial aid is awarded based on “need”. A family’s financial need is calculated according to a standard formula based on the information provided on the FAFSA. When the application is processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) with a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The CSS profile is also used in the financial aid calculation. This contribution is a dollar amount that is used to determine eligibility for financial aid. The amount of aid is calculated as follows:


Cost of Attendance (COA)
(minus) Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
= Financial Need (eligibility for financial aid)

Be aware that some colleges use additional formulas for awarding non-federal aid. Consequently, your child’s financial aid award will vary from school to school.

What is TCU’s School Code for the FAFSA?
The TCU School Code is 003636.

Must I complete the FAFSA every year?
Yes, the FAFSA is required each year a student attends school. Following the prescribed calendar deadlines is essential for maximizing your potential to receive aid.