The 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available 3 months earlier than ever before! Students can complete their FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016! Read more about these changes. Students and families can use 2015 income and tax information once more (this is the same tax year used in completing the 2016-2017 FAFSA). This change will greatly benefit tax filers as they may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically import tax information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA. A great timesaver! Austin College’s Priority Deadline is May 1, 2017, but why wait?
Austin College students graduate in 4 years. Of the May 2016 graduating class, 96.8% completed their degree in 4 years or less.
Austin College awarded more than $30.8 million dollars in institutional aid to undergraduate students for the 2016-2017 academic year. In fact, 100% of all freshmen entering in fall 2016 received gift aid, with an average award of $29,972.
A college education is an investment for a lifetime, and Austin College seeks to keep quality education affordable for qualified students. Our annual costs are offset by a financial assistance program that includes Austin College's own merit-based scholarships and need-based grants, as well as federal and state grants, work-study, loan programs, and work-study and outside scholarship entities.
While students and their families assume primary responsibility for the educational costs, the Office of Financial Aid will work closely with students and their parents to develop financial aid packages and/or financing plans that work best for the family. Nearly 95% of all Austin College undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.
We know the investment in a college education is a significant one. Recent Austin College graduates would tell you that their personal and financial investments were worthwhile ones. Of our 2016 May graduating class, 96.8 percent completed their degree in 4 years or less. In addition, 93 percent of our graduates seeking a career are employed within one year, and within that same time, 90 percent of graduates seeking admission to professional and graduate schools are enrolled. Return-on-investment of an Austin College education is evident, and those first-year milestones are just the beginning.
Austin College prides itself on providing an educational experience of great value to our students—and others have noticed. For example, Washington Monthly College Guide recognized Austin College in its ranking of “America’s Affordable Elite” and those liberal arts colleges providing the “Best Bang for the Buck.” In addition, we have been included in Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, all of which highlight colleges that combine outstanding academics, post-graduate success, and affordable costs.
The Austin College Office of Financial Aid is located in Wortham Center, Room 105. The Financial Aid Staff is available to provide assistance and to answer questions Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call us toll-free at 1.800.KANGAROO (800.526.4276), directly at 903.813.2900, or email your financial aid questions to us.
For current students in particular, if you are experiencing financial pressures stemming from the ongoing economic crisis, the Office of Financial Aid is available to assist you.