Financial Aid Information

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You are probably on this page because your FAFSA was selected for verification. If your FAFSA was selected for verification you must complete all requirements for this process to receive financial aid.

About 22% of students who file a FAFSA are selected for the verification process. In this process, schools collect documentation from applicants to check the accuracy of FAFSA information. Additional documentation may be requested during the process of verification. If chosen for verification, documents will be requested through your MySam account.

Please do not submit any documents to our office that are not specifically requested.

What happens during verification?

During the verification process, our office collects documentation to compare to the information input on the FAFSA. If there is information that does not match, the financial aid office will submit a correction to the U.S. Department of Education.

It may take 5-10 business days to complete the verification process once we have received all of your requested documentation. Please keep in mind that this process may take longer during peak processing times.

Your financial aid offer can potentially change due to the corrections made during the verification process. If your financial aid offer does change you will be notified that a correction was processed and you can review the new financial aid offer on your account.

What documentation do I need to submit?

The documents required will vary for each student. Forms and requests will be listed in your MySam account.

To see what needs to be submitted:

  1. Log into your MySam account
  2. Find the Financial Aid Requirements box
  3. Click on the Financial Aid Requirements link
  4. Box with financial aid requirements

Note: Make sure you are looking at the correct academic year once in your account.

Why use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

  • Easy: Transfers info with the click of a button
  • Fast: Instantly retrieves your information
  • Accurate: Correctly fills in data fields
  • Reduces amount of documents needing to be submitted to our office
Steps to use the IRS tax tool

How do I get an IRS Tax Return Transcript?

If for any reason you cannot use IRS Data Retrieval, you can request a tax return transcript using Get Transcript at

Please ensure you request the correct document. The Tax Return Transcript should look like the example on the right.

A 1040 and an account transcript are not the same as a tax return transcript

Additional Documentation?

Other documents could be requested due to federal requirements during the verification process or after verification has been completed. Remember to always check your MySam account for the status of your financial aid account and to view any requested documents.

You may be required to submit additional documentation even though you have not been selected for verification. These documents may include but are not limited to;

  • Citizenship/eligible non-citizen status
  • Veteran status
  • High school completion
  • Documentation of independent student status

If requested, please submit the documents immediately to avoid delaying your financial aid. You can access your MySam account by

  1. Logging into your MySam account
  2. Finding the Financial Aid Requirements box
  3. Clicking on the Financial Aid Requirements link
  4. Box with financial aid requirements

How can I submit requested documentation?

Scholarships & Financial Aid accepts documents for students submitted via e-mail, fax, postal mail, or in-person.


Fax: (936) 294-3668

Mailing Address
Box 2328
Huntsville, TX 77341

What if I don't finish verification?

You must complete verification before your financial aid will apply to your billing account. Your financial aid will not award and/or disburse, if you fail to submit all required documentation

Please respond immediately to any requests from our department.

You will receive a deadline to complete verification, if you were selected for verification after you received financial aid. Your financial aid will be cancelled and you may be required to repay previously awarded aid, if you do not complete verification by your given deadline.


Priority Dates and Deadlines

Important Dates to Know

Apply early for financial aid. Aid is given to students who have the greatest financial need and have submitted all required documentation to our office. Below are the priority dates for submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Attendance Dates Priority Dates FAFSA Year FAFSA Submission Period Tax Year
Fall 2019
Spring 2020
Summer 2020
November, 1 2018
2019-2020 October 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020 2017
Fall 2020
Spring 2021
Summer 2021
November, 1 2019
2020-2021 October 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021 2018

You may apply for financial aid at any time. However, to receive early consideration for all available financial assistance and to determine your eligibility in a timely manner, submit all required forms to our office by the priority dates listed above.

Applications completed after these priority dates will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis and dependent on available funding.

Aid will begin posting by March of each year.

Attendance Dates: The semester(s) you plan to attend SHSU.

Priority Dates: Students who submit their FAFSA by the priority date are given priority consideration for programs with limited funding. The earlier you send in the FAFSA, the better.

FAFSA Year: The academic year the FAFSA will be applied to.

FAFSA Submission Period: The FAFSA is available online for students and parents to complete and send in to the Financial Aid and Scholarships office during the dates listed. If you have not submitted your FAFSA by the last date in this period, you will not be awarded.

Tax Year: The tax year you must use when filling out your FAFSA.


Enrollment and Attendance


Undergraduate Students
Enrollment Fall/Spring Summer*
Full-time 12 or more hours 12 or more hours
3/4-time 9 - 11 hours 9 - 11 hours
1/2-time 6 - 8 hours 6 - 8 hours
Graduate Students
Enrollment Fall/Spring Summer*
Full-time 12 or more hours 6 or more hours
3/4-time 9 - 11 hours
1/2-time 6 - 8 hours 3 - 5 hours

*includes mini-mesters, Summer I, & Summer II


Students who receive federal aid must attend all courses. Failure to attend class may result in a reduction or cancellation of aid. As a result, a student may be required to repay any federal aid received and may lose eligibility for future financial aid.

All enrollment classifications are based on Federal requirements. While some programs may utilize different formulas for their enrollment classifications, the charts above are the guidelines used to award all financial aid.