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Adult Degree Pay Checklist

Don’t let the cost of college get in your way of your education. No matter who you are, you can find your way to pay. We’ve gathered all the best resources into one handy checklist to help you navigate the financial aid process. Print a pdf version of the checklist and mark the boxes off as you go to stay organized and make sure that you are takes the steps necessary to help you pay for college.


Steps To Pay

  • Start the FAFSA process. Begin filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at
    Helpful websites: FAFSAGenTX Way to Pay
  • Submit your FAFSA. Complete and submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 (ideally, after your tax information has been imported by the IRS). The sooner you submit the FAFSA, the better your chances are for getting a good financial aid package.
    Helpful websites: GenTX Way to Pay
  • Ask about fee waivers. Ask your school’s financial aid office if there are any scholarships or fee waivers for nontraditional students.
    Helpful websites: Financial Aid for Older and Nontraditional Students
  • Consider costs. Determine the cost of the program you are entering. If you plan on working while in school, consider whether you want to enroll in school part-time or full-time and how enrollment will affect your financial aid.