Affordability & How Financial Aid Can Help

More 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.   

22-23 FASFA Application 

October 1, 2021 the 22-23 FASFA application will be available for students to apply for the upcoming aid year. To apply click here and use the school code (003642) to have your application sent over to the university for processing. During this process if you see where you may need assistance you can contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 713-313-7802 or Student Aid directly at 1-800-433-3243. 


Cares Act Information 

The CARES Act funding covers expenses related to the disruption of normal institution operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information on cares act funding as well as criteria to qualify.


GEER Emergency Grant Information 

The GEER Emergency Grant funding is intended to assist currently enrolled undergraduate students who have been affected by COVID-19 and need assistance with covering their tuition and fees. Click here for more information on the GEER emergency grant as well as criteria to qualify.

Estimated Cost For the 2021-2022 Academic Year

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

Undergraduate On-Campus In-State
Semester Type of Fees Costs
Fall & Spring Tuition and Fees $9,174
Fall & Spring Room & Board  (1)  $9,664
Fall & Spring Books and Supplies  $827
Fall & Spring Personal  $2,562
Fall & Spring Transportation  $2,406
TOTAL $24,203


Undergraduate On-Campus Out-of-State
Semester Type of Fees Costs
Fall & Spring Tuition and Fees $21,413
Fall & Spring Room & Board  (1)  $9,664
Fall & Spring Books and Supplies  $827
Fall & Spring Personal  $2,562
Fall & Spring Transportation  $2,406
TOTAL $36,442

(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. Continue to 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.

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Four Types of Financial Aid

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