TASFA - Senate Bill 1528

The Admissions Office and Financial Aid Office are committed to helping all our students attain their educational goals by providing quality assistance in addressing their financial needs. As specified by Senate Bill 1528, state law permits students that are neither US citizens nor permanent residents to be classified as Texas residents for admissions and financial aid purposes, thus making them eligible for state aid. Please take advantage of the resources provided below as a guide to a successful financial aid experience.

Eligibility Requirements

Students who fall under Senate Bill 1528 are declaring themselves residents of the State of Texas, therefore making them eligible for State Aid. Here are the requirements that must be satisfied:

  • Must have lived in Texas at least 3 years before receiving their High School (in Texas) diploma or GED
  • Must have lived in Texas at least 3 years before enrolling in a public college/university (in Texas)
  • Must fill out an affidavit with the Office of Admissions declaring that he/she will apply for residency as soon as able to do so

How to Apply for TASFA

Keep in mind that State Grants are limited. To maximize your chances of receiving state funds, please be sure to complete all necessary steps to complete your financial aid file as soon as possible.

What you Need to Apply

Here is a checklist of documents you will need to submit to the Financial Aid Office at UTPB:

  1. Online Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)

    Both the online and paper TASFA are free for students to complete (do not complete both).

  2. Tax Documents

    · Tax Filers must submit an IRS Tax Return or Tax Return Transcript · Non-tax filers must submit an Income Information for Non-Tax Filers Statement

  3. Worksheet 1

    Confirmation of Eligibility

  4. Selective Service Registration Card

    (males only)

After Applying

Be sure to complete the process:

  • Check the status of your financial aid application with the Financial Aid Office
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours
  • Submit your affidavit with the Admissions Office
  • Ensure that the Admissions Office has received your official High School transcript


Since funding is limited, not all applicants who apply will be awarded State Grants. We encourage all students who fall under Senate Bill 1528 to apply and complete their financial aid paperwork as soon as possible in order to maximize their chances of receiving an award.