Planning to go to college in the fall? Then it’s time to apply for financial aid!

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If you plan to enroll in college this coming fall, it’s time for you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

What is the FAFSA and why is it so special?

The FAFSA is a form used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine your eligibility for financial aid programs including grants, federal loans and work study and is based on information about you and your family’s financial situation.

Even if you don’t think you’ll be eligible, you should still apply! More than one million students fail to complete the FAFSA each year because they believe they are ineligible, when a third or more of these students would have been eligible to receive some form of grant aid. That’s free money left on the table! The application takes most people only 23 minutes to complete and there is no cost for filing an application, so there’s no reason not to apply!

To complete this application you’ll need certain information and documentation such as your 2014 federal tax return, social security number, driver’s license number, records of untaxed income, and information on cash, savings and investments. If you’re considered a dependent student by the Department of Education, your parent(s) will also be required to provide this information. For more information or to apply, visit Be sure to check with your college to see if they have a priority deadline to submit your application—the sooner you apply, the better!

Still need additional money?

If you find that you need additional money to help cover your college expenses after you’ve been awarded by your college, consider the Texas Extra Credit Education Loan from EECU, an outstanding private student loan provided by our partner, Higher Education Servicing Corporation.

4 thoughts on “Planning to go to college in the fall? Then it’s time to apply for financial aid!

  1. Does EECU have a scholarship program for high school graduates and/or students currently enrolled in a college or university? If so, how do you apply for the scholarships??

    • Hi Carolyn! At this time, our only scholarship program is open to high school seniors. For high school graduates and current students, we offer private student loans to help cover education costs.

    • I am presently pursuing my second master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. I have exhausted all of my resources including financial aid from two institutions. I have set out for the first time in 15 quarters at the school that I currently resided in, and have not been able to attend due to not having the funds to pay for tuition after not receiving any additional aid. Because I do not have good credit at all (although I am working on it), I have no other resources to pay for college other than what maybe what your organization may have to offer. Is there any additional funds that I can borrow such a small loan to help me? I make a good monthly income of $4,500.00 per month, $3,000.00 after taxes and insurance. Is there something that I can utilize where I can pay $150.00 a month and possibly (i.e. a $9,500.00 loan?). Can someone please direct me in what to do? I would really and truly appreciate it very much?

      Hart Taylor

      • Hello, Hart! This certainly sounds like a tricky financial situation. Please email with your preferable contact information and we will have someone from our lending team reach out to you to discuss potential solutions. Hopefully we can find the right fit so you can continue attending school!

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