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Financial Aid and Scholarships

We know that funding your education is a substantial investment, and it can be somewhat confusing determining which type of funding is the best option. That's why SHSU offers a number of options for qualified students.

Check out the types of financial aid available, and contact us if you have any questions.

Types of Financial Aid Available


Grants are outright financial gifts that you don't have to repay. Some common grants include the Federal Pell Grant and the TEXAS Grant. Each grant will have its own eligibility requirements.


Scholarships, like grants, don't have to be repaid. Scholarships are offered through private endowments and academic organizations.


A loan is financial assistance that enables you to borrow money from the federal government, state government or private lenders. Unlike grants or scholarships, loans are repaid according to their terms.

Work Study

Work Study can help you pay for your college by providing you with employment while you complete your degree and continue to meet the standards required for financial aid.

To find out which type of financial aid is available to you, see the Sam Houston State University financial aid office website, or contact us and we'll be happy to help.

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Financial Aid is Available for YOU

Nearly every student is eligible for some form of financial aid. To determine what financial aid is available to you, fill out the online Federal Application for Student Assistance (FAFSA).

Fill out your FAFSA today

Financial Aid Application Deadlines

The application period for the upcoming academic year (fall, spring, summer) begins January 1 of each year. It's always best to apply as early as possible for full consideration.

Application deadlines for FAFSA are:

  • Fall/Spring Semester: March 15th
  • Spring Only: September 30th