Sep 30, 2023  
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Austin Building, first floor
P.O. Box 13052, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
Telephone: (936) 468-2403
Fax: (936) 468-1048

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is committed to helping students meet their financial needs. SFA provides students traditional financial assistance in the form of grants, work-study and student loans. SFA participates in several state and federal financial aid programs. To be considered for these funds, an applicant must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at Undocumented students may apply for financial aid using the Texas Application for State Financial Aid. For more information on the TASFA, visit For priority consideration, applications should be received by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by Jan. 15 each year; however, applications received after this date will be accepted and processed. Once the information is received, students will be evaluated for all available aid programs. Students must meet all eligibility requirements, including satisfactory academic progress, to receive financial assistance. Assistance is available for part-time as well as full-time students. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours to qualify for all aid programs. For specific student requirements and information regarding the application process, visit

Students are alphabetically assigned a specific counselor who will help with the application process and answer questions. Students can communicate with their financial aid counselor via phone, email or in-person appointments.

SFA Purple Promise

SFA has developed a program that pays the remaining balance for tuition and regular fees (for up to 15 semester credit hours) that are not covered by other grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits or waivers. This program is for first-time students whose combined family adjusted gross income is $80,000 or less. Students must be admitted to the university and complete all financial aid requirements by June 1. Students must maintain specified academic standards and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours per academic year. For additional criteria or more information, visit

Attendance Policy

Eligibility for federal student aid is, in part, based on your enrollment status for the term in which you are enrolled. For financial aid purposes, full-time enrollment is 12 hours per semester for undergraduates. Adjustments to your cost of attendance are made if your enrollment changes any time before the census date of each term.

Federal regulations require that students attend all classes in order to receive financial aid funds. Attendance will be checked beginning the first class day of each term through the census date. Students will be administratively dropped by the Registrar’s Office from any course where attendance cannot be demonstrated. Based upon this information, your financial aid will be re-evaluated each term, and you will receive funding for only those courses you attend.

Dropping courses also may result in a reduction of financial aid funds. In addition to a reduction in aid, dropping courses also can affect the student’s ability to make satisfactory academic progress. For information concerning HOP policy 04-115 visit our Satisfactory Academic Progress page.

Students who withdraw from the university or receive all QFs or any combination of QFs and Ws will be subject to a return of federal aid for the semester in which aid was received. (Please see the Return of Funds section below.)

Texas Workforce Commission

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

This Texas state agency serves students with disabilities to help prepare for post-secondary and employment opportunities. Services are eligibility and need based. The office is located on the SFA campus in the Human Services Building, Room 324.

You may be eligible for services if you:

  1. have a disability that results in substantial barriers to employment
  2. require services to prepare for, obtain, retain or advance in employment
  3. or are able to obtain, retain or advance in employment as a result of services.

The plan for services is individualized to each consumer. Along with vocational counseling, the following assistance may be provided:

  1. Medical treatment and/or physical restoration
  2. Assistive technologies
  3. Job development and job placement
  4. Vocational and/or academic training that may consist of:
    1. tuition and required fees
    2. room and board
    3. mobility assistance
    4. and note-takers/tutors.

To begin the eligibility process, an individual must contact the Texas Workforce Solutions - Vocational Rehabilitation Services office nearest to their permanent residence. A list of all the offices within the state can be found on the Texas Workforce Commission website.

Scholarship Awards

The university has hundreds of scholarships available to new and returning students. Scholarships are based on need, merit, or athletic and special skills. Selection criteria may include, but are not limited to, an applicant’s academic record, degree goals, financial status and performance on a standardized test. If applicable, other factors may be taken into consideration; these may include socioeconomic background, rank in class, region of residence, involvement in community activities, extracurricular activities and career plans. SFA has a centralized scholarship office within the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

There is a single application for most SFA-awarded scholarships. The SFA scholarship application opens Sept. 1 and closes Feb. 1 each year. Applications are evaluated by scholarship committees based upon specific requirements for each scholarship. View full details and how to apply.

The university complies with all state and federal laws concerning awarding scholarships and other financial assistance. Some scholarships are renewable based upon academic performance, while others are one-time awards.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for International Students

The Office of International Programs offers an annual scholarship to eligible students. View details on this and other opportunities on OIP’s scholarships webpage.

Return of Funds

Federal regulations require SFA to perform a Return of Title IV Funds calculation when a financial aid recipient withdraws, is expelled or otherwise ceases to be a student. When a student has received financial aid for a semester and subsequently withdraws from the university during the semester for which payments were received, these funds can no longer be considered as being used for educational purposes. The return calculation is based on a per diem basis with a formula established by federal regulations. Therefore, all or a portion of the funds may have to be repaid to the aid programs from which they were received. The student will be responsible for reimbursing the university for any funds returned by the university on behalf of the student. Students will be notified of any amount owed by mail, and balances must be paid in the Student Business Services office. Funds returned to the federal loan program will reduce the student’s loan balance with the lender. In the event that nonfederal financial assistance programs or privately funded scholarships have their own return policy, their policy supersedes this policy.

Additionally, SFA is required to perform this return calculation for students who unofficially withdraw or stop attending and receive grades of all QFs, or any combination of Ws and QFs, for the semester. Per regulations, these students will receive a calculation using a 50% completion rate or a percentage based on the last documented date of attendance. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships with documentation of continued attendance if she or he receives all QFs, or any combination of Ws and QFs, for the semester. Documentation must be provided within 30 calendar days of grades being posted.

Federal aid recipients must be continuously enrolled for at least 60% of the term for which aid is disbursed in order to retain all of the disbursed financial aid in each term. After the 60% point, students are considered to have earned 100% of their federal funds for the term, and no adjustments in federal aid are required.