Apply for Financial Aid
We encourage students to apply by April 1. This gives students the best chance of receiving State Aid that is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must complete the FAFSA each year.
The FAFSA will require the student's household information. If the student is married, the spouse's information will also be required. Students under 24 are generally required to submit the parent's information.
Email is our official means of communication with students. Students are advised to check his/her campus email to avoid delays.
Complete the online admissions application or meet with an advisor at a campus for assistance. Lone Star College will only process financial aid applications after a student has successfully completed our admissions application.
Note: The following school code is required for the FAFSA and LSCS financial aid applications: 011145
You may be selected for a process called Verification
If selected, you will be notified of any requirements via your LSCS campus e-mail address. An e-mail account will be assigned to you after completing an admissions application. You can check your e-mail by logging into myLoneStar. Promptly submit the requested information to avoid delays.
It takes approximately three weeks to process financial aid applications. Once you have been awarded, you can view your Financial Aid package in myLoneStar.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
The IRS data retrieval tool allows financial aid applicants and their parents to directly transfer tax information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Benefits of the Using the Tool
- It’s the easiest way to provide your tax return data.
- It’s the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.
- Applicants selected for verification can use the tool to update the
the the ability to transfer their income information from the IRS to the FAFSA.
|Electronic tax filers||If you filed your taxes electronically the data will be available within 2 weeks of filing|
|Paper tax filers||If you filed your taxes using paper then your data will not be available for 6 to 8 weeks.|
Ineligible to use Data Retrieval
|If you, the student, and/or parents answer yes to any of the following, you may not be able to use the Data Retrieval Tool.|
|Filed as Married Filing Separately if you are married.|
|Filed as Head of Household if you are married.|
|Filed an amended tax return (1040X).|
|Filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return if you filed a tax return in Puerto Rico or a foreign country.|
|Recently filed taxes, if you filed taxes electronically within the last two weeks, or by mail within the last eight weeks. Recent filers may wait the 2 or 8 weeks and return to the FAFSA and use the tool if eligible.|
Amended Tax Return
If you, the student, and/or parents, completed a 1040X, amended tax return, please submit the following:
|For the 2014-2015 Academic Year (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015):|
|2013 signed copy of the IRS Form 1040X return|
|Signed copy of 2013 IRS Return Transcript or Tax Return|
If you, the student and/or parents, has been determined by the IRS was a victim of identity theft.
|For the 2013-2014 Academic Year (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014):|
|Signed copy of the 2012 tax return|
|Signed copy or IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit|
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