Seniors to Complete Graduation Requirements of New House Bill


Rachel Reyes, Copy Editor

An implementation of Texas House Bill 3 goes into effect this school year which requires all seniors to complete a FAFSA application. Navarro College will be hosting a Financial Aid Workshop on November 3 from 4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. 

“I was going to fill out the application regardless,” senior Preston Patrick said. “I wish it wasn’t so time consuming, but I know it will help me a lot in the long run.” 

FAFSA gives students the opportunity to apply for financial aid for college. Students can receive as much as $6,345 and $12,500 from student loans a year. 

“Our counselor came into our class and helped us make our FSA IDs,” Patrick said. “I’m glad that we can get some of the process out of the way since most of us will be busy.” 

Counselor Cindy Kirgan has spoken to two dual credit classes about the Navarro College Financial Aid Workshop. In order to participate you must have an FSA ID and bring tax returns as well as social security numbers. 

“I have to apply for TASFA, which is state, not federal aid,”  senior Yadira Yepez said. “I’m thankful for it because now I don’t have to worry about not being able to fill out the FAFSA application.” 

 There are students who cannot complete FAFSA because they do not have certain qualifications such as citizenship. These students can either opt-out or decide to fill out TASFA which is Financial Aid for Texans who cannot apply for FAFSA. 

“I hope no one opts out of the FAFSA or TASFA,” Yepez said. “I’m sure the rest of the senior class will realize how big of a help it is.” 

The FAFSA application for the 2022-2023 school year is open until June 30, 2021. The TASFA application deadline is set for January 15, 2022.