Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Submit Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    The first step to apply for financial aid is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is made available by the federal government on October 1 each year and should be submitted as soon as possible. This application is required if you wish to be considered for federal, state, or institutional aid. Many institutional need-based loans, grants, and scholarships are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, priority consideration for institutional aid will be given to students whose FAFSA has been submitted before January 15 each year.

    Please note the following information when submitting your FAFSA:
    • The UT Southwestern Medical Center federal school code is 010019.
    • If you have never submitted a FAFSA, an FSA ID will be required to complete and electronically sign the application.
  2. Check Your To-Do List
    Once you have submitted the FAFSA, your Student Aid Report (SAR) will indicate if additional supporting documents may be required. These documents will vary for each student. An email will be sent to your UTSW email account, prompting you to log in to the Student Self Service portal to view your To-Do list. Read the details of each item for action you may need to take.
  3. Receive Award Notification
    If your financial aid file is complete, you will receive an award notification via your UTSW email account. The notice will include a link to the Student Self Service portal, where you can view and accept your financial aid award eligibility.
  4. Accept the Aid you Wish to Receive
    Grants and some scholarships are automatically accepted and there is no action required by you. However, if you accept a student loan, there are additional steps that you will need to complete. You will find instructions on your financial aid award for each individual loan.
  5. Check Your UTSW Email and To-Do List for Additional Outstanding Items 
    After you accept your award, there may be additional items that you will need to complete, such as Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note at

Using the Self-Service Portal