Financial Aid Instructions

At TCU, your application for admission serves as your scholarship application. Competition is high; candidates must present the following credentials:

  • Academic achievement in a college-prep curriculum
  • Top grade point average and class rank (if applicable)
  • Excellent writing samples

Competition for the more prestigious scholarships will require the highest levels of academic achievement and personal credentials (meeting the minimum criteria, however, does not ensure an award):

  • Superior academic references
  • A significant record of co-curricular and community involvement

Our Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid can lower the cost of education by helping you apply for grants, work-study and educational loans.

TCU recommends filing CSS/PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1 for freshman students, and April 15 for transfer students of the year you wish to enter TCU.

Students who intend to apply for Financial Aid must complete and submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE ( with their applications for admission.

You can complete the FAFSA online at TCU’s school code is 003636.

Students who attend high school in Texas and who do not have citizenship may complete and submit the TASFA for Financial Aid.

TCU also offers scholarships based on athletics and fine arts. For a complete list of eligibility-based financial aid, please visit


Freshman (first year) academic scholarships – Submit the admission application by February 1 for the fall semester. 

Transfer academic scholarships – Submit the admission application by April 15 for the fall semester. 

Freshman and Transfer financial aid – Submit the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by March 15 for the fall semester. (Freshman Early Decision candidates requesting financial aid must submit the PROFILE by November 15.)

Click here for more information regarding international financial aid and scholarships.

Please note – No financial aid awards are made after a student enrolls in TCU.


Payment procedures, campus jobs & immigration requirements

Applicants requiring visas must demonstrate the ability to pay for their educational and living costs by submitting a TCU Financial Statement. Click here to download. The statement requires signatures of the applicant and his or her sponsor, along with letters from the sponsor’s employer and bank. Supporting documents must indicate the sponsor’s average monthly balance for the past year and the current balance. Documents must verify that the sponsor has sufficient funds currently in his or her bank account to cover an entire year of expenses and sufficient resources for all following years. The Financial Statement, along with a non-refundable enrollment fee, must be submitted before an I-20 or IAP-66 (needed to obtain a visa) will be issued.

Students may apply for campus jobs after enrolling in TCU. During the school year, students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on campus, although most work 10-15 hours. Full-time (about 40 hours per week) campus employment is allowed during the summer and when classes are not in session. Since there is no guarantee of employment, students should not rely on this income to cover basic expenses. Off-campus employment is not permitted for students on F-1 or J-1 visas.

A payment plan is available. For more information about plans, payment methods and due dates, click here.