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Financial Aid

Many students are not aware they may be eligible for financial assistance to help them attend college. These funds are intended to supplement the student's financial contribution to their education.

Numerous types of aid are available. The financial aid staff at LSC-O is eager to help with the application process, but the applicant has the responsibility of completing paperwork in a timely manner.

Not sure where to start? All students must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Access the State's Net Price Calculator (NPC) to learn and compare your costs to attend Texas institutions here: http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/CollegeMoney/.

Have questions? Contact the Financial Aid office via e-mail (finaid@lsco.edu) or by phone at (409) 882-3317 for all financial aid needs.

Operating Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

School Code Number: 016748

How To Apply

Lamar State College-Orange is committed to assisting students who require financial assistance to attend college. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are required for all needs-based financial aid programs and a separate institutional application is required for all scholarships. Scholarship applications and are available from the Financial Aid Office. The FAFSA may also be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

When To Apply

Application should be made each spring for the following award year. The award year begins with each Fall semester. Priority deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall and Spring June 1
  • Summer May 1
  • Scholarships allocation deadline for the Fall semester is June 15 and December 15 for the Spring semester. (No applications will be accepted after this date)

Financial Aid Forms

Types of Aid Available


Federal Pell Grant - The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded grant based upon financial need as determined by the information received from the FAFSA.

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) - TPEG Grants are based on financial need and are designed to assist students in enrolling and remaining in college. Priority consideration is given to applicants who do not qualify for the Pell Grant.

Towards Excellence Access and Success Grant (TEXAS) - Texas Grants are based on financial need and the high school curriculum of the student as well as other guidelines. For more information on this and other state programs, please visit www.collegeforalltexans.com.

Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) - TEOG Grants are based on financial need and are designed to provide grants to financially needy students enrolled in Texas public two-year colleges. For more information on this and other state programs, please visit www.collegeforalltexans.com.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) - SEOG Grants are available to students who demonstrate exceptional need. Because funding is limited, priority is given to those who receive Pell Grants and meet application deadlines.

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) - ACG grants are available for students who are eligible to receive a PELL grant and have completed a rigorous high school curriculum.


Short-Term Loans - Short-term loans are available during registration for fall and spring semesters. Loans may be made to eligible students as temporary aid to assist in paying their tuition and fees. Students may obtain promissory notes in the Financial Aid Office.

Stafford Loans - Federal Stafford Loans are available through the Federal Family Educational Loan (FFEL) Program. The funds for Stafford Loans come from a bank, credit union or other lender that participates in the FFEL Program. In order to apply for Stafford Loans students must complete the FAFSA form. First-time borrowers at LSC-O must also complete an online entrance counseling session.

Stafford Loans must be repaid. Stafford Loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized. A subsidized loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. The federal government pays interest on the loan ("subsidizes" the loan) until repayment begins and during authorized periods of deferment. An unsubsidized loan is not awarded on the basis of need. Interest is charged from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full.

The FFEL Programs also offer Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) - Loans for parents of dependent students. In this program the parent is responsible for repaying the loan.

Students with previous loans should remain with the same lender.

Applying for Direct Loans

College Work Study - Students with documented financial need are eligible to apply for part-time employment. Employment will be either on campus or in a community service setting (e.g. GOALS - Greater Orange Area Literacy Service). Applications for student employment may be obtained in the Advising and Counseling Office.

Scholarships - Scholarships are available through the LSC-O Financial Aid Office and various other sources. Possible sources include, but are not limited to, organizations within the community, foundations, corporations, the parents' and/or the student's employer, churches, fraternities, sororities and various non-profit organizations. Information concerning scholarship sources can be found through numerous publications available in the library, via the Internet and by contacting the student's high school counselor.

LSC-O Scholarship Application and Search Sites

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Statement

Students receiving financial aid are required by federal regulations to be making satisfactory progress toward a degree or certificate program. Copies of the standards of satisfactory progress are available in the Financial Aid Office and are distributed to all students receiving state and/or federal funds.

Standards of Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Procedures

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form

Withdrawal Policy

Because of the Department of Education's withdrawal policy, students receiving Pell Grants who withdraw from school before 60 percent of the semester is complete may have to repay portions of their grants. Students will be ineligible to receive any future assistance until satisfactory repayment arrangements have been made.