Paying for JumpStart

Students will pay regular tuition and fees and should apply for financial aid via the 2017-2018 FAFSA.  The 2017-2018 FAFSA deadline is June 30, 2018 – no exceptions.  Limited scholarship funding will be available, a completed 2017-2018 FAFSA must be on file to be considered.  To learn more about paying for JumpStart, we offer you a number of funding opportunities below for your review.

Financial Aid

The first step in the financial aid application process is to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This is usually done online at www.fafsa.gov.  Your FAFSA will determine how much financial assistance you may qualify for and what types of aid may be available.  To aid you in covering the cost of JumpStart, your 2017-2018 FAFSA must be submitted by June 30, 2018 – no exceptions.

To complete your FAFSA online, you (and a parent if required) will need a FSA ID.  The FSA ID – a username and password – is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents such as the FAFSA.

If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA because of citizenship or visa status but are eligible to be classified as a Texas resident for tuition purposes, you may be eligible under SB1528 to apply for state financial aid through the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).   Application packets for the 2017-2018 TASFA are available at www.utrgv.edu/finaid under the Forms section.

JumpStart Scholarships

As stated above, there will be limited scholarship opportunities for JumpStart scholars.  In order to qualify for a scholarship, JumpStart scholars must have submitted their FAFSA by the June 30, 2018 deadlines.  Scholarships will be need based and no other application will be necessary.  Scholarships will be awarded by the Recruitment and Scholarships Office.