Grants do not require repayment, while loans do require repayment. These options are only offered to students returning to St. Edward's and seeking their first bachelor's degree. Grants and work study are not available for other special categories of students (temporary, post baccalaureate and non-degree seeking).

Federal Grants

  • Federal Pell Grant
    Available to students (U.S. citizens) who show financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Annual awards vary widely ($555 to $5,550 for full-time study). Award amount is determined by the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated from the FAFSA. Pell Grant funds are sent directly to the school and applied to the student’s bill.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
    Federal grant awarded to Pell Grant–eligible students who have demonstrated the highest calculated need from the FAFSA. Awards are applied directly to the student’s bill. SEOG is subject to availability.

State Grants

  • Texas Tuition Equalization Grant
    State-funded, need-based grant offered to eligible full-time undergraduates who are Texas residents. Students who receive athletic scholarships are not eligible to receive a TEG.

Work Study

  • Federal and State College Work Study
    Provides paid employment opportunities in various campus offices. Work-study awards are offered to students with demonstrated financial need. Students are paid at an hourly rate and receive pay every two weeks for the hours worked. The average college work-study award is $2,000 annually and is paid directly to the student. College work study is subject to availability. Please note that a work-study award is not a prerequisite for the majority of on-campus jobs. Numerous opportunities exist for students who do not qualify for this award.


Loans require repayment, while grants do not. Returning students seeking a first or second bachelor’s degree may qualify for loans. Temporary and non-degree-seeking students do not.

Federal Direct Student Loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)

Subsidized Student Loan is awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by the FAFSA and the college's cost of attendance. The federal government pays the interest on the loan during enrollment of at least six credit hours per semester and during the six-month grace period after enrollment ceases. An Unsubsidized Student Loan is not based on financial need, and interest accrues from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Annual loan limits under the Federal Student Loan program are: $5,500 freshman, $6,500 sophomore, and $7,500 junior and senior. Additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds are available for students whose parents are not credit worthy or for students determined independent of parent by Department of Education standards. Federal Student Loan funds are released directly to the school in two or more disbursements via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and applied directly to the student bill.

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Dependent Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

Available to creditworthy parents who want to borrow for their undergraduate children's education. Students must be enrolled at least half-time. A Master Promissory Note (MPN) is required in addition to the submission of the FAFSA. The loan amount can be up to the cost of attendance minus other financial aid received. PLUS Loan funds are released directly to the school in two or more disbursements via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and applied directly to the student bill. Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed for the academic year, although deferment options are available.

Count on our full support.

We’ll help you understand the ins and outs of financial aid.

The financial aspects of going back to college can be challenging to understand. At St. Edward’s, our Student Financial Services team of experts is ready to provide the guidance and help you need. You’ll be paired with a financial aid advisor who will work with you throughout your time at St. Edward’s — answering questions, providing resources and informing you about payment plan options.

To help you get started, we’ve distilled the process down to the following three steps. We’re committed to helping you complete your college education, with financial aid options that meet your needs.

Step 1

Apply for Admission

Be sure to use the St. Edward's online or printed application to apply for admission. If you have questions about financial aid prior to applying, please contact Student Financial Services at 512-448-8523.

Fall Application Deadline: July 1
Spring Application
Nov. 15

Step 2

Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) asks questions about a family's income and assets to determine an Expected Family Contribution, or EFC. Make sure to list the St. Edward’s federal school code, 003621, in the school release section so the university gets your results.

You will receive an email acknowledgement from the Department of Education. (If you do not receive a response within 48 hours, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243.) St. Edward’s should receive your FAFSA results within a week. In our student portal, myHilltop, you can track when we receive your FAFSA information. 

Step 3

Notification of Financial Aid Offer

After you’re admitted and have provided all the required documents, you’ll receive a financial aid offer email. Financial aid offers are also displayed in myHilltop. You’ll view and accept the aid offer and complete any additional requirements to secure your aid offer in myHilltop.