Financial Aid

Is there Financial Aid available?

Please visit the Office of Financial Assistance website or contact them at 1-361-825-2338 Option #4 for financial aid eligibility requirements and/or application process.

 How do I pay my bill with my financial aid?

Grants, Loans and University Scholarships will post to a student's account approximately 10 days prior to the first day of the main session of the term, if the aid has been received by the University and the student has met all financial aid disbursement requirements. Once the aid posts to the student's account, any balance owed to the Business Office will be deducted. If the student's aid is greater than their balance due, the residual funds will be delivered to them via their refund preference selected at RefundSelection.com.  For more information on BankMobile Disbursements, please visit BankMobileDisbursements.com/how-it-works.

When will I receive my financial aid?

Each student is different. It will depend on when the student submits all financial aid documentation. The earliest that financial aid can be applied to the student’s Business Office account is 10 days prior to the main session of the semester. Once the Office of Financial Assistance begins applying financial aid to a student's Business Office account the refund process will begin for the semester. Refunds are processed twice a week. During peak period there may be additional refund runs. Please refer to Tentative Refund Schedule and choose the semester in question for the specific dates. A refund of financial aid does not begin until there is a credit balance on a student's account. For more information on your financial aid status contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 1-361-825-2338 option #4 or log on to SAIL.

My financial aid has not posted to my account yet. What is the status?

To verify awards, award status, awards not appearing on a student's Business Office account, or other questions concerning the financial aid process, log into SAIL and view your Financial Aid Status. Contact the Office of Financial Assistance if you need further assistance at 361-825-2338 Option #4.

My financial aid might not arrive by the payment deadline for Tuition and Fees. Do I have to pay with my own funds?

If a student's financial aid is enough to cover the account in full and all financial aid required documentation and process are complete then the Business Office can wait until the student's aid is applied to their account and the student will not have to make a personal payment by the deadline for the semester. If the financial aid is not enough to cover the account in full then the student must pay the difference by the due date to avoid late fees and/or deregistration of classes. Should all financial aid documentation and processes not be completed, the student will be required to a make payment in full by the due date to avoid late fees and/or deregistration of classes. The Business Office does have payment options (Installment Plans and Emergency Tuition Loans) if the student is unable to pay the balance in full by the due date.

I am waiting for a private scholarship (non-university awarded). Do I need to pay the balance due before you receive the funds?

A private scholarship is not counted as a payment toward a student's account until the check has been received by the Business Office and posted to your tuition and fees account. If a private scholarship has not been received by the deadline for payment the student is responsible for making the payment. Failure to make payment may result in late fees being assessed and/or deregistration for non-payment. However, as soon as a student knows about a private scholarship they need to notify financial assistance so that the estimated scholarship can be posted on their financial aid award. Private scholarships must be counted in a student’s financial aid award. Once the scholarship has been received, the estimated amount will be changed to actual and then sent to the Business Office to be applied to the student’s account. For more information on how a private scholarship may affect a student’s award contact the Office of Financial Assistance at (361) 825-2338 Option #4.

Why did my financial aid get reduced?

Financial aid can be reduced for several reasons and can result in a balance due. A student must contact the Office of Financial Assistance at (361) 825-2338 Option #4 for detailed information on why it was reduced. Some examples of why financial aid may be reduced; withdrawing from the semester, dropping classes, receiving an exemption or waiver, receiving of a private scholarship, etc…

Can I use my financial aid to purchase my books?

Yes, a student can use their excess financial aid to charge books at the University Bookstore  up to $600, provided that all financial aid required documentation and processes have been completed, and the student is enrolled.  Excess financial aid is any aid remaining after tuition and fees and any required meal plan (students residing in on-campus housing) have been paid.  If the student has also requested that their excess financial aid to be applied toward their campus housing, aid will be applied to charges hitting their student account first. In the event that aid is applied to housing first and there is no excess aid available to charge books, a student can contact the Bursar’s Office to request less be paid toward housing, thereby freeing up aid so that books can be purchased.  

When can I begin charging my books to my financial aid?

Students can determine when they may begin charging their books to their financial aid by visiting the Important Dates page which indicates the beginning and end dates for specific terms.  Students purchasing books through the University Bookstore online may select “Financial Aid” as their method of payment.  Once the bookstore begins to fulfill orders, they will validate that the student has been approved for aid.  If the student has not been approved, the bookstore will contact the student for an alternative payment method.

When is the last day that I can charge books to my financial aid?

Once the financial aid office begins applying aid to the student’s Business Office account, excess financial aid is processed for refund to the student.  Once the refund process begins, the charging of books is no longer allowed, as the student will be receiving their excess aid through the refund method they selected.  The last day to charge is typically one business day prior to financial aid being disbursed to the Business Office.  Students who attended freshman orientation for the term and are borrowing a Stafford Loan for the first time will have an extension on the last date to charge as their Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford loan will not be disbursed until 30 days into the semester.  Please see Important Dates for the beginning and end dates for specific terms.

How can I charge my books to my financial aid?

A student can charge their books to their financial aid either in person or online at the University Bookstore.  In person customers must remember to take a photo ID in order to complete their purchase.  When purchasing books online, please select “Financial Aid” as the method of payment.   

How does the University Bookstore know that I can charge my books to my financial aid?

Once bookstore billing for the semester has begun, the Bursar’s Office will notify the Bookstore of the students that qualify.  The bookstore is notified daily of changes in eligibility.

How is it determined that a student is eligible for billing their books to their financial aid?

Eligibility is determined based on authorized financial aid less charges on the student’s Business Office account.  Authorized financial aid must be greater than charges on the student’s account.  If excess financial aid is less than $600 then only amount available is submitted to the University Bookstore.

Do I need to submit an application or request to be able to charge my books to my financial aid?

No, the bookstore is notified of all students who are eligible to charge their books to their financial aid.

Will I see the bookstore charges on my student account?

Yes.  The University Bookstore submits any charges or credits to be applied to the student’s account on a daily basis.

I am returning a book that was charged to my financial aid.  How will I receive the credit?

When returning a book that was charged to financial aid at the beginning of the semester that was billed to financial aid, a credit will be submitted to the student’s Business Office account.  If a book is returned at the end of the semester during book buy back the credit is given to the student.