Financial Aid & Scholarships

FAFSA or TASFA and what they mean for you.

Depending on your situation you will apply for financial aid one of two ways:

  • If you have a Social Security Number, you will fill out the FAFSA
  • If you do not have a Social Security Number or have a Social Security Number through DACA, you will fill out the TASFA

Seniors want help with the application?

Seniors, if you want support with FASFA or TASFA application, please see Ms. Arellano or Advisor Garcia in the CCC.

Are you a dependent or independent?

Most senior students will apply for FASFA or TASFA as a dependent, meaning they will have to provide information about their parents.

Find out! 

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the free online application students can use to receive federal aid for college.

What kind of aid can I receive through the FAFSA?

You can receive grants, loans, and work-study.

How to apply for FAFSA

  • Before beginning your FAFSA application, you and your parent must make an FSA ID. This is like a username and it makes it easier once you are ready to submit!
  • After you have made your FSA ID, you can begin your application.
  • There you will select "Start A New FAFSA) and enter your FSA ID

Documents you need:

  1. Scholarships: Awards that students MUST APPLY FOR that are based on need, merit, or achievement that DO NOT HAVE TO BE REPAID.
  2. Grants: Awards that students QUALIFY for vs. applying for that are mostly awarded on the basis of need and DO NOT HAVE TO BE REPAID.
  3. Work Study: On and sometimes off-campus jobs for students who demonstrate financial need. Hours are limited. Students must apply for this aid through the FAFSA or the TASFA.
  4. Loans: Money that is BORROWED and MUST BE REPAID WITH INTEREST. There are different types of loans, and students should accept certain types of loans first before restoring to other. 

FAFSA Walkthrough Video 2022-2023 Application!


  1. Select this Google Docs link
  2. Select on File

  3. Select Make a copy

  4. Make changes to your own saved copy of FASFA worksheet

Note to Parents/Legal Guardians:

  • Please have your child provide you with this information only if you are okay with me (Ms. Wilkins- Akins College Adviser) helping your child submit a FASFA application in school. If you are comfortable submitting a FASFA application without assistance, then disregard pages 2-3 of this sheet. 
  • If you would prefer to be present while your child submits a FASFA application, please join us during our October FASFA/TASFA events: Friday, October 1st at 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM, or Thursday, Oct 7th at 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM. If neither of these dates works for you, feel free to email me at to make an appointment. I handle all students’ personal/family income and social security information with confidentiality. 

The TASFA is the free application students can use to receive state aid for college.

What kind of aid can I receive through the TASFA? 

  • You can receive grants and possible work-study and possible loans.

How to apply for the TASFA

  • TASFA 2022-2023 (English) OR TASFA 2022-2023 (Espanol) 
  • .pdf application in English and in Spanish.
  • NOTE: You will have to submit a separate application for each college that you apply to.
  • Ms. Wilkins and Ms. Arellano manage all TASFA applications for Akins. Visit us in the CCC for support!
  • Parent tax return, tax transcript, and W-2’s for the year prior 
  • Student tax return, tax transcript, and W-2’s for the year prior 
  • Required documents vary from school to school
TASFA Milestones
  • Aug/ Sept
    • Create an FSA ID if you are completing a FAFSA app
  • Oct 1st
    • FAFSA/ TAFSA application opens
  • Jan 15th 
    • Priority Deadline for FAFSA/TASFSA
  • Feb-May
    • Complete verification process if selected
  • March-April 
    • Compare financial aid packages from your top schools
  • June 30th
    • FAFSA/TAFSA deadline


TASFA Application English Fillable

TASFA Spanish  Fillable with Notes