How-To Guide

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4/15/2024 Update: SHSU Financial Aid and Scholarships understands that you are anxiously awaiting to hear about your 2024-2025 financial aid. Please know we are working hard to provide aid notifications as soon as possible. Please monitor https://shsu.edu/checkreq and your SHSU email for updates to your account.

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  • Creating or editing an FSA ID

    1. Go to StudentAid.gov
    2. Click on Create Account
      create account image
    3. Follow the on-screen steps to finish creating or editing an FSA ID.

  • Filling out the FAFSA

    1. Go to StudentAid.gov
    2. Sign in with your FSA ID
    3. Hover over the Apply for Aid tab at the top and select Complete the FAFSA Form.
      complete fafsa here
    • SHSU's school code is 003606
    • Once you submit your application, SHSU should receive your application within 4 business days.

  • Checking the status of my financial aid application or verification documents

    1. Sign into your MySam account
    2. Click on My Account on the left-hand side of the site.
      my account button
    3. The Financial Aid Requirements block on the right-hand side of the site and click on the link.
      financial aid requirements link
    4. Select the Aid Year
    5. You can view your requirements, read messages, and print requested documentation here.

  • Checking the status or accepting my aid

    1. Sign into your MySam account
    2. Click on My Account on the left-hand side of the site.
      my account button
    3. The Financial Aid Awards block on the right-hand side of the site and click on the link.
      financial aid award link
    4. Select the Aid Year
    5. Proceed through EACH tab, left to right:
      tabs in award screen
    6. On the Resources/Additional Information tab, if you agree to the terms, click Accept in the drop down boxes
    7. Enter resources in the spaces provided at the bottom part of the page, if any
    8. Continue to the Terms and Conditions tab and carefully read before accepting
    9. Continue to the Accept Award Offer tab and accept your awards by clicking on the Submit Decision button.

  • Completing Entrance Counseling

    1. Go to StudentAid.gov
    2. Sign in with your FSA ID
    3. Hover over the Complete Aid Process tab at the top and select Complete Entrance Counseling
      entrance counseling link
    4. Click on the Start button to begin your Entrance Counseling
      entrance counseling start button
    5. Select Sam Houston State University as your school
    6. Follow the prompts to complete Entrance Counseling

  • Completing the Master Promissory Note

    1. Go to StudentAid.gov
    2. Sign in with your FSA ID
    3. Hover over the Complete Aid Process tab at the top and select Complete a Master Promissory Note
      Complete a Master Promissory Note link
    4. Find the MPN for Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans header and click on the Start button
    5. Select Sam Houston State University as your school
    6. Follow the prompts to complete your Master Promissory Note

  • Completing Exit Counseling

    1. Go to StudentAid.gov
    2. Sign in with your FSA ID
    3. Hover over the Manage Loans tab at the top and select Complete Exit Counseling
      exit counseling link
    4. Click on the Start button to begin your Exit Counseling
      exit counseling start button
    5. Select Sam Houston State University as your school
    6. Follow the prompts to complete Exit Counseling

  • Completing the Parent PLUS Loan

    Refer to our Parent Checklist for how to apply for the Parent PLUS loan

  • Still need help?

    Schedule a virtual appointment or email your financial aid counselor.

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