SFA is a rolling admissions university, meaning there is no application deadline. However, there are incentives if you apply early. Our Priority date is December 1st. Students who complete the admission and housing application process by December 1st, enjoy special benefits:
- Get early notification of your Fall 2019 residence hall.
- Receive priority sign-up for orientation, which provides the best opportunity to secure the class schedule you want.
SFA has a Scholarship Deadline of February 1st of every year.
First-semester freshmen applicants must:
- Complete an accredited high school program.
- Meet the following standardized test requirements:
|High school class rank||Old SAT
(prior to March 2016)
(math + critical reading)
(after March 2016)
|Top 10%||No minimum required||No minimum required||No minimum required|
|4th Quarter||File Review||File Review||File Review|
SFA requires first-time freshmen applicants to have completed the Recommended High School Program, the Distinguished Achievement Program, Endorsement Program with Algebra II or Distinguished with Endorsement Program to ensure they have received adequate preparation for college-level work.
Applicants who have not completed one of these programs will need to demonstrate that they have completed a high school curriculum more rigorous than what is required of the Minimum Graduation Plan, Basic Plan or Foundation.
Nontraditional secondary education: Home-schooled applicants
Home-schooled applicants for admission who present evidence of completion of a nontraditional secondary education without an official class rank will have a class rank assigned by the Office of Admissions. This process is in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1543. The class rank will be comparable to the average class rank of other applicants who have equivalent ACT or SAT scores.
As with other applicants, if initial rank and score requirements are not met, a holistic review of the applicant’s file carefully examines all credentials presented. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible regarding their academic achievements and extra-curricular involvement when completing the Apply Texas application. An official, notarized home school transcript is required to demonstrate evidence of completion. The Office of Admissions has a notary on staff free of charge.
Nontraditional secondary education: Applicants with GEDs
The process is the same but will require a holistic file review. This is a careful examination of all the credentials presented by the student to determine whether the applicant not only meets the academic requirements for admission but also possesses the skills and experiences that facilitate a successful career at SFA.
You will need to submit your GED scores to the Office of Admissions.
Applicants who have dual-credit or Advanced Placement (AP) credits
The process is the same, but you will need to submit official college transcripts and/or advanced placement scores to receive earned credit.
All undergraduate applicants for admission to Stephen F. Austin State University are required to submit a non-refundable application fee of $45. Applicants should include a personal check, cashier’s check or money order payable to Stephen F. Austin State University with their application for admission. The applicant’s name, birthdate and student ID number (if known) should be written on the check. DO NOT SEND CASH. Applicants may also pay the application fee by credit card on applytexas.org when completing their application.
Freshmen Fee Waiver
Fee waivers for first-time freshmen are considered if the applicant submits one of the following items:
- A copy of an approved ACT or SAT Fee Waiver Form
- Family receives public assistance; proper documentation must be submitted. (WIC, TANF, SNAP, Medicaid, etc.)
- Ward of the state
- Resides in a foster home
Transfer and Returning Fee Waiver
Fee waivers for transfer and returning students are considered if the applicant submits proof of full Pell Grant eligibility (Estimated Family Contribution equals zero) by submitting one of the following to the Office of Admissions:
- A copy of the applicant’s most recent Student Aid Report (SAR)
- A copy of the most recent financial aid award letter
Like grants, scholarships are financial awards that don’t have to be repaid. Some are based on financial need, but scholarships also can be based on accomplishments, such as academic merit, athletic ability, leadership, extracurricular activities, service or even winning an essay contest.
Scholarship providers run the gamut, from SFA to businesses, foundations, religious organizations, nonprofits and community groups. That means there are hundreds of opportunities available for you to get scholarship funding to help you with your SFA expenses.
How to apply for a scholarship
SFA has hundreds of scholarships available to new and returning students. You can search all SFA scholarships using our Scholarship Search Engine.
SFA has a Scholarship Deadline of February 1st of every year.
Academic Excellence Scholarship Program
The Academic Excellence Scholarship awards $3,000 scholarships to entering freshmen for fall 2017 who meet the eligibility requirements. If specific criteria are met, the scholarship may be renewed for three additional years after the initial award while pursuing the first baccalaureate degree.
Community College Transfer Scholarship Program
This award opportunity is for students who transfer to SFA from a community college during the fall or the spring. The award is $1,000 for the year if the recipient’s transferable GPA is 3.0 to 3.49, and the award is $2,000 per year for students with a transferable GPA of 3.50 or higher. You do not have to apply for this scholarship. We consider all students for it when they’re admitted to SFA.
Institutional grants from SFA
Our Purple Promise Guarantee Program pays the remaining balance for tuition and regular fees (for up to 15 semester credit hours) that are not covered by other grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits or waivers.
The program is only available to first-time freshman students. Advanced placement or dual credit that counts toward the degree as well as courses taken in the summer preceeding SFA enrollment will not prevent consideration of first-time freshman. Students accepted as incoming transfer students are not eligible for the program. The Purple Promise program will only cover up to 4 years toward your undergraduate degree.
To qualify, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:
- Be a Texas resident
- Be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant Program (see grant details above)
- Be a “dependent student” as defined by FAFSA or be a qualifying orphan
- Have a combined family adjusted gross income of $30,000 or less, based on the information you enter on your FAFSA
- Complete all financial aid application requirements by June 1 before the application period, including:
- Admission to SFA as a regular degree-seeking student
- Financial aid office receipt of valid FAFSA
- Financial aid office receipt of all required verification documents, if requested
- Be enrolled in at least 15 semester credit hours through the 12th class day each fall and spring
- Complete at least 30 credit hours each consecutive academic year with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.2
Purple Promise does not cover tuition and fees for summer semesters.
We set aside funding from tuition and fees to offer students this grant. If you’re a Texas resident enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester, you may qualify. This grant has less stringent financial need requirements than some of the other grant programs.
Calculators, worksheets and additional information
Need more information about tuition and fees? You can use the links below to learn more about the cost of attending college.
- The Cost of Attendance Worksheet can help you get a more accurate idea of what you’ll pay to attend SFA for a year.
- Get an estimate for the total cost of your college education (after student aid and loans) by using the Net Price Calculator.
- Use this tuition calculator to get a quick estimate of the cost of your tuition and fees based on your total credits, level and residency status.