Financial Aid for Non Citizens
Even if you are not a US Citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to apply for and receive financial aid to attend college from federal, state, or institutional sources.
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If you are a noncitizen but have a legal presence in the US, you may still be able to complete a FAFSA application as an “eligible noncitizen”. You will need your Alien Registration Number as well as your Social Security Number, but otherwise you should find the application process almost identical to a US citizen. Please visit our “How to Apply” page for more details or https://fafsa.ed.gov to apply.
If your FAFSA gets rejected because you did not fall into an eligible category, you would be able to submit a TASFA application as described below.
If you are undocumented or if your legal status did not allow you to receive federal aid through the FAFSA, you may still be eligible for financial aid from the state of Texas using the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). Like the FAFSA, this application should be done once per school year, and eligible students will be offered financial aid on a school year (August-to-August) basis.
Unlike FAFSA, TASFA is a paper application. Once you complete it and gather all relevant documents, it should be turned in to the Texarkana College Financial Aid Office for evaluation. As with other financial aid documents, all information you submitted is strictly confidential and is protected by FERPA Student Privacy laws.
TASFA forms can be found at the College for All Texans website.
Some scholarships do not require US citizenship, including Texarkana College’s Presidential Scholarship. For full details on available scholarships, deadlines, and eligibility criteria, please visit our Scholarships page and create a profile.
HEERF Grant (COVID-19 Emergency Aid)
While funding lasts, undocumented and noncitizen students are eligible to apply for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grants. US citizenship or legal status is not a requirement for this grant. You only need to be currently enrolled. Please note that TC does prioritize students with exceptional financial need when awarding this grant.
To apply, please visit our HEERF application page.