2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Student Financial Aid

Texas Christian University provides an extensive, individually designed financial aid program. Certain principles guide the administration of the various programs in the TCU Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid.

  • Financing a university education is a joint venture between the student, the student's family and TCU.
  • Eligibility for Title IV federal financial assistance and state financial aid programs is based upon information and methodology provided by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as provided by the family. Institutionally funded grants are based on the results of the College Board’s CSS Profile application.
  • Academic scholarships are based upon the academic achievement of the students. Those who have excelled academically are given the largest share of TCU-funded dollars.

Applicants for assistance must be admitted to the University before aid is committed. Students who submit academic credentials at the level required for scholarship consideration will automatically be reviewed for those awards. No separate application is necessary.

Applicants for financial assistance are encouraged to submit the FAFSA no later than March 15 for fall entry and Nov. 1 for spring entry. Financial assistance files completed after March 15 or Nov. 1 will be reviewed; however, there may be a reduction in the aid offering due to budget limitations. (Deadlines for ranch management applicants, student-athletes and fine arts performance majors may be extended due to University recruitment practices and for transfer students whose admission is pending due to the availability of final transcripts.) All individuals whose FAFSA is selected for verification will be required to provide appropriate tax information and other documentation as needed, to confirm the accuracy of the application.

Students generally receive aid from a variety of sources. Scholarships, federal, state and institutional grants, work and/or loans are combined or "packaged" to form the financial assistance award. Approximately 83 percent of the current TCU student body is receiving financial assistance of some sort. Questions regarding the University's aid program may be directed to:

Financial Aid Staff