FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • To apply for need-based aid, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a free form required to determine your eligibility for financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. You can fill out this form online at StudentAid.gov. Beware of other similar sites that are for-profit and where you will be charged a fee. A paper version is also available, but we recommend you fill out the online version. It is important to fill out this form as soon as possible after October 1, but in no case later than the earliest financial aid deadline for the colleges to which you are applying. We recommend that families submit the FAFSA because they may be entitled to financial aid and not realize it.

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How to Prepare for the FAFSA Process

  • 1. Creating a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID)

  • 2. Assembling Your Documentation

  • 3. FAFSA Submission and Next Steps