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Complete The FAFSA!

Last updated January 6, 2020

Completing the FAFSA is arguably the best way to receive financial aid to help you pay for college. 

What is the FAFSA?

FAFSA is an acronym: It stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid! It’s a free government form you fill out to be considered for scholarships, grants, student loans, and job opportunities (a.k.a work study!) to help you afford college.

Where do I start my FAFSA?

Visit fafsa.ed.gov and click “Start Here” to begin filling out your FAFSA. You’ll be asked to provide basic personal and financial information about yourself and your parents (if you live with your parents and are supported by them).

For most students and their families, filling out the FAFSA takes 30-40 minutes!

What kind of financial aid can I possibly receive by filling out the FAFSA?

  • Scholarships – Filling out the FAFSA is often one of the main requirements to be considered for institutional and state-wide need-based and merit scholarships.
  • Grants – You apply for federal grants like the Pell grant (worth up to $6,195 for 2019-20) by filling out the FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA is also a requirement for many state grants.
  • Federal Student Loans – Federal student loans will always be the most low-interest and borrower-friendly option for students. The only way to get federal student loans is by filling out the FAFSA.

When can I start the FAFSA application?

The FAFSA is available starting October 1st. It makes sense to complete it early and to check it off your list. Also, some colleges and states award more financial aid the earlier you apply.

When is the deadline to complete the FAFSA?

FAFSA priority deadlines vary by state and by college. To check state deadlines visit studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/deadlines To check college deadlines visit or call the Financial Aid office of the college you are applying to. The federal deadline is June 30th.

What do l need to fill out the FAFSA?

Dependent students will need the following for both yourself and your parents.

  • FSA ID: Create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov
  • Federal tax returns: When applying online at fafsa.ed.gov you will have the option to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import your tax information. If you are not eligible you will need to manually enter the tax information and order a Tax Transcript at irs.gov
  • Social security number or Alien registration number for eligible noncitizens
  • W-2s from your place(s) of employment
  • Records of untaxed income
  • Supplemental income (such as SNAP, TANF, Social security)
  • Cash, savings, and checking account balances
  • Assets and investments other than the home in which you live

Have questions about the FAFSA?

Text “FAFSA” to 33-55-77

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