Affordability And How Financial Aid Can Help

Two female student are walkingMore than two-thirds of our students receive some sort of financial assistance
When you are admitted into college, you and your family will have a variety of questions about how your family will be able to maintain the costs for your college education. One of the most frequently asked questions among college applicants is, “How do I cover the costs for tuition, housing, meals, transportation and books.” Each family’s strategy will be different based on their personal circumstances. There are numerous options available to make your education affordable. Texas Southern University offers many financial aid options to help you pay for college costs. Within this site you will find information about applying for financial assistance, costs, types of aid and more.  

Estimated Cost For the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Note: This is an estimated projection and not a binding contract with TSU. All fees are subject to change.

Example: Undergraduate On-Campus Student with 15 credit hours
In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $9,200 $21,622
Room & Meal  (1)  $9,664 $9,664
Books and Suppliers  $1,640 $1,640
Personal  $2,510 $2,510
Transportation  $2,356 $2,356




(1) Housing costs may vary depending on room type and meal plan chosen.

Financial Aid Application

The first and most important step is to apply for financial aid. Fill out the Free Application for  Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)or  TASFA. Make sure that you complete the application before the March 15 priority deadline. The FAFSA provides access to federal and state based programs for all eligible students.
If you are a citizen or permanent resident, you should complete the FAFSA.
Continue to FAFSA  (School Code: 003642)
If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, but you are a Texas Resident, you should complete the TASFA.
Students that are classified as Texas Residents who cannot apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid are encouraged to complete the TASFA. To use this application, you cannot be paying the Texas resident tuition rate due to a waiver such as an in-state scholarship or an assistantship. Nonresidents paying the resident rate due to a waiver are still nonresidents. 

Four Types of Financial Aid

Scholarships  Open
Grants  Open
Student Loans  Open
Work-Study Programs  Open