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The Financial Aid Process  


2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Update

There has been a lot of news surrounding the 2024-2025 FAFSA and we wanted to be sure you are informed with the latest and how it will impact you at TTUHSC.

STEP 1 – Student Applies for Financial Aid

  • First, we recommend eligible students submit the 2024-2025 FAFSA for the Summer 2024, Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters. This is available to you now at  

STEP 2 – Department of Education processes applications and sends data to schools

  • The Department of Education is expected to release FAFSA data to schools end of April.
  • While this is much later than previous years, this timeline is not currently expected to delay our normal award offer processing.

STEP 3 – TTUHSC processes FAFSA and offers financial aid to students

  • Please be aware that it can take our office 2-3 weeks to process initial FAFSA data and begin to offer financial aid (grants and/or loans) to eligible students.
  • If we must review or make changes to your FAFSA data, we will notify you by email. This includes any additional requirements or documents we may need to complete your FAFSA file.
  • During this time, you will need to check your WebRaider portal for any financial aid requirements. The sooner these are completed then the faster we can process your FAFSA and offer your aid.

STEP 4 – Students view/accept aid

  • Once we have processed your FAFSA and offered your financial aid, you can go to your WebRaider portal to view and accept or decline your aid.
  • Students enrolled in summer terms will need to do this ASAP so that their summer aid can help pay their bill and any eligible refunds can be processed.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at

Federal Title IV Funds and Authorization

Title IV funds are federal student financial aid funds.  These funds are from federal programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education.  The U.S. Department of Education regulations require schools use your Federal Student Aid to only pay for specific, current academic year institutional charges. 
Allowable charges include:
  • Tuition
  • Mandatory fees
In compliance with these regulations, TTUHSC must obtain voluntary permission from the student to apply Federal Title IV financial aid funds to non-allowable charges.
Non-Allowable charges include:
  • Student health insurance (Authorizing the use of financial aid for non-allowable charges does not automatically sign you up for student health insurance)
  • Late fees
  • Library fines
  • Parking fines

What are Federal Title IV funds?

  • Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan
  • Direct PLUS Loan (Graduate and Parent Plus)
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal SEOG Grant (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)

Complete Title IV Authorization

To complete your Title IV Authorization, login to your TTUHSC WebRaider portal and access your HSC Student Financial Aid link.  Access your current financial aid year awards and click the links for Title IV Authorization.  Here, you will indicate if you authorization for your Federal Title IV financial aid funds to be used to other institutional charges.  Your authorization will remain in effect for future terms unless you contact our office to make changes. 

If you choose not to complete the authorization, the form questions will remain on your student awards portal, but will not prevent disbursement of student financial aid funds. Your Title IV financial aid funds will only post to your allowable institutional charges.  Student Business Services may issue you a refund of any remaining funds and they may issue a bill for any charges that could not be paid with your Title IV financial aid. Receiving a refund does not indicate that there are no pending charges on your account.  For account inquiries check your Student Business Services Tuition bill via your WebRaider portal.        

Please contact our office for any questions regarding Title IV Authorization.

Professional Circumstances

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is based on 2022 income information.  We understand the past few years have been difficult and challenging for many of our students and their families.  The 2022 income listed on your FAFSA may have changed or your family has different circumstances since 2021.  As a result, your FAFSA data today for the 2024-2025 academic year may not accurately reflect your current circumstances.

If your income or family situation has changed, we might be able to assist you through the Special Circumstances/Professional Judgment process.  Learn more by visiting our Professional Judgment/Special Circumstances webpage

Short Term/Emergency Tuition Loans

Short term loans are offered to all students currently enrolled through the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, except those students who are within 30 days of their graduation date. The Emergency Tuition Loan is intended to pay the total cost of tuition and fees. Short Term Loans are also available to buy books and supplies, or for other living expenses. All types of loans have a maximum repayment term of 90 days.     Short Term/Emergency Tuition Loans

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