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Financial Aid

South Texas College has very affordable tuition rates. Even so, a college education is a major expense for most people. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Student Financial Services department is here to guide you through the student aid process. To determine your financial aid eligibility, you must:

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • If you have not done so, you must apply for the Federal Student Aid PIN.
  • Completed your FAFSA as early as possible to ensure payment of your courses.

The PIN is your electronic signature required to sign your FAFSA online.  If you are a dependent student (under 24 years of age, not married, not a veteran of the armed forces) you must also have one of your parents apply for a PIN number.

Your award letter will be mailed to the address you provide on the application. The letter provides you with the award amount offered to you.  Please make sure you respond to any documents being requested from Student Financial Services.

FAFSA Website


Whether or not you receive Financial Aid it’s a good idea to apply for scholarships to help cover the costs of attending college. South Texas College is committed to helping our students find scholarships that fit their needs. There are many different scholarships available to student, and most have specific criteria that must be met before being awarded.

Merit Based
Scholarships that are awarded based on a student’s intellectual, athletic, artistic, etc. abilities.

Need Based
Scholarships that are awarded based on a student’s financial need. Financial need is defined as STC’s cost of attendance – Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need.

Departmental Scholarships
Funds that are allocated within an STC academic department’s budget.

Private Scholarships
Funds provided by outside agencies or donors.

State Scholarships
Funds that are managed and distributed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THEBC).

South Texas College Scholarships

Installment Plans

What is an Installment Plan?
An Installment Plan allows student to pay a percentage of the total amount due for tuition and fees up front, and continue taking classes while making monthly payments for the remainder amount. It allows many students to attend college and not worry about paying the entire amount before classes begin.

During the Fall/Spring sessions, Installment Plans will only be available during the first twelve days of the semester. During the Summer sessions, Installment Plans will only be available during the first four days of the semester.

Installment Plans