How to Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for Institutional Financial Aid

Applying for admission is the first step in the financial aid process. At Howard Payne University, students may apply online at     Financial aid cannot be awarded until a student has been admitted to the university. When students apply for admission, they will be automatically considered for one of our Academic Scholarships.

Applying for State and Federal Financial Aid

While not required, all students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for state and federal financial aid funds as well as some institutional scholarships. Students may apply online each year at after the first of January for the upcoming year. Information needed to file the FAFSA is found using the student and parent previous year tax returns and W-2 forms. Parents and students must both sign the application.  Students can electronically sign the FAFSA application by using their FSA ID.   An FSA ID for the student and parent can be acquired through
Remember, you cannot complete this form before January 1 of your senior year in high school.

Howard Payne’s school code is 003575. The priority date to apply for the FAFSA is March 15.

Admission & Scholarship Policy Related to the New SAT

At Howard Payne University, decisions regarding admission and academic scholarships will be based on the combination of the Math and the Critical Reading sections of the exam. Thus, the Writing section and the Essay section will not be considered in determining automatic admission to the University.

If you have questions regarding your scores you may contact the College Board at 888-728-4357 or visit their website at

If you have questions regarding your admission status or eligibility for academic scholarships at Howard Payne University please call 800-880-4478.