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Parents and Family

Sending a child off to college can be both an exciting and a stressful experience. Whether you’re a first-time family member of a college student or you’ve done this before, there’s a lot to think about.

 

We’ve pulled together some resources on this page to help you throughout the process. We also invite you to explore Texas State and our academic opportunities, along with our student support resources.

Help Prepare Your Student for College

Check out these sites for tips on helping your student choose the right school and prepare for college. Get started on the college path early to ensure an easy transition.

Paying for College

You know college is an investment in your child's future, and we know cost is a factor. Begin by sharing the Federal Student Financial Aid options with your child. Encourage them to do their research to find the best options for them and your family.

Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, part-time employment, loans and grants. To apply for federal aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA opens October 1 of the senior year, and we encourage families to complete it as early as possible. 

Get more information about paying for college and residency and cost of attendance.

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Stay Connected 

Stay up-to-date on what's happening on campus by joining the Texas State Family Association. Made up of parents and extended family, guardians, mentors and benefactors of current and/or former Texas State students, the Family Association is your voice, guide and link to campus. 

Become a member

Mark your calendar for the Family Associations's annual Family Weekend. Every fall, we invite families to explore campus and San Marcos with their student. 

Wellness and Safety

Our Safety and Emergency Communications site is your main source of information for safety on campus. It will also be where we share any emergency-related communications and the official notification that campus is closed during weather or other incidents. 

Wellness is important to us. We want our entire campus to feel safe and healthy. Read more about our resources available to students.