FAFSA Help By State
Last updated August 17, 2023
If you need money for college, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most reliable way to get it, since federal financial aid, scholarships, and grants will only be awarded if you've completed it. We know that completing the FAFSA, especially for the first time, can be an intimidating and even confusing process. However, there are FREE resources available to help you and your family complete it with confidence! To assist you with your FAFSA completion, we've compiled a list of free FAFSA workshops and resources broken down by state.
Every Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm, the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) offers free Zoom appointments to students and families who need assistance completing the FAFSA. No registration is required!
Arizona has many great, free resources to help students complete the FAFSA! Benji, Arizona's virtual FAFSA assistant, can answer any FAFSA-related questions and help you complete and submit the FAFSA. Text "Hi Benji" to (602) 786-8171 to begin.
Students can also sign up for one-on-one FAFSA assistance over Zoom (both in English and Spanish) from the Arizona FAFSA Coalition.
Additionally, students can call the Arizona FAFSA Hotline, which is open Monday-Friday, 9 am-3pm. Call 1-833-AZFAFSA for assistance in English, and 1-833-MIFAFSA for assistance in Spanish.
Arkansas Student Loan Authority has free resources/tips for students applying for both the FAFSA and for state-based aid. Questions? Call (800)-443-6030.
Cash for College California offers free workshops across California to help students and families complete their FAFSA, California Dream Act (CADAA), or Chafee for Foster Youth applications. Workshops occur until June 30, but start again on October 1 annually.
Colorado's Department of Higher Education offers many free resources to help students and families with financial aid - like FAFSA, scholarships, loans, and more.
FAFSA Connecticut offers free in-person and virtual workshops, both in English and Spanish, to help with FAFSA completion. Must register before attending.
Stand By Me's College Funding Project aims to increase the percentage of high school seniors who apply for the FAFSA by offering FAFSA completion appointments both in-person and virtually. Scroll down and click "Register for upcoming events" to secure your appointment.
Navigating Your Financial Future has multiple different FAFSA and financial aid training presentations and modules on their website to help students find the aid they need for college.
Until May, Georgia Student Finance Commission holds FAFSA completion events at high schools across the state. Additionally, this website also has lots of free FAFSA resources for both students and parents.
College is Within Reach Hawaii offers free FAFSA completion support event nights for students, both in-person and virtually.
Next Steps Idaho has free online resources that help students understand both how to complete the FAFSA and what happens after they submit it.
On February 26, 2023, students in Indiana can receive free FAFSA help at 37 different locations across the state from 2-4 pm from College Goal Sunday.
FAFSA Ready Iowa offers free FAFSA completion events as well as allows students to make appointments for individual FAFSA help.
Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (KASFAA) has an ultimate FAQ list about the FAFSA - have all your questions answered here!
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) has a free online FAFSA Completion Guide to make FAFSA completion easier.
Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) holds virtual office hours from 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday to help answer student questions about completing the FAFSA. If you are not at least 18 years old, a parental consent form will need to be submitted before attending one of these sessions.
Maryland's Higher Education Commission has a free, informative video series on their YouTube channel walking students through financial aid and how to apply for it.
FAFSA Day Massachusetts provides free assistance to students and families completing the FAFSA. Next FAFSA Day: February 20, 2023 from 6-8 pm.
Michigan's Student Aid Department has free online resources to help students complete the FAFSA. Have questions about paying for college in MI? Call MI's Student Aid Customer Care Center from Monday-Friday, 8am-4:45 pm at (888)-447-2687.
Minnesota Goes to College offers FAFSA events across the state to help students complete their FAFSA until February 1, 2023.
FAFSA Frenzy by Journey to College helps Missouri students complete the FAFSA every year.
Reach Higher Montana has lots of free resources to support students completing their FAFSA and weighing their college financial aid options.
EducationQuest Foundation has free resources to help you complete the FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA for the very first time? Call EducationQuest to make an appointment for free, personal FAFSA help! Kearney: (308)-234-6310 or (800)-666-3721; Lincoln: (402)-475-5222 or (800)-303-3745; Omaha: (402)-391-4033 or (888)-357-6300.
New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation's (NHHEAF) Center for College Planning offers free in-person and virtual FAFSA completion appointments. Once your FAFSA is filed, you can make another appointment with NHHEAF to review your financial aid award letters!
New Jersey's Higher Education Student Assistance Authority has great free resources for students in every step of the college application process - resources to help them plan for college, complete the FAFSA, find and apply to scholarships, and more.
New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation (NMEAF) has helpful FAFSA guides and presentations to assist you in completing the FAFSA.
Brooklyn College has created a 24/7 virtual financial aid workshop on YouTube to allow students to fill out their FAFSA at their own pace.
College Foundation of North Carolina has a helpful map of colleges in the state to help students receive FAFSA assistance from the schools they're applying to.
North Dakota offers free resources and videos to help students and parents complete the FAFSA.
Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators connects students to free virtual and-in person FAFSA completion events at high schools and colleges across the state.
Startwithfafsa.org has tons of great free FAFSA-related resources: flyers, PowerPoint presentations, online modules, and more!
Oregon Goes to College offers lots of financial aid information and resources for students, including what they need to know about completing the FAFSA.
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and The Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (PASFAA) conduct free FAFSA completion events from October-April annually. Additionally, they hold virtual financial aid webinars.
The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) College Planning Center offers free FAFSA completion appointments. Must create an account to begin.
College Goal SC has free FAFSA workshops across the state for parents and families.
Mapping Your Future has free resources on a variety of topics surrounding financial aid - the FSA ID, FAFSA, scholarships, and more.
College for TN has free FAFSA workshops on Monday evenings from 6-7 pm until late February 2023.
College For All Texans offers over-the-phone support to students completing the FAFSA. Call 1-(888)-311-8881 to begin.
Keys to Success Utah has resources dedicated to paying for college, including a FAFSA completion kit.
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) holds multiple FAFSA workshops a month, both virtually and in person.
College Access Fairfax has free, online presentations and webinars to help students and their parents understand and complete the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and more.
Students can talk with Otterbot, a free, 24/7 texting service that helps students in Washington navigate financial aid for college. Text “Hi Otter” to (360)-928-7281 to begin!
College for West Virginia offers free FAFSA completion workshops across the state.
College Goal Wisconsin offers free FAFSA completion events, both in-person and virtually.
Unlock Your Future by WDE Opportunity Through Education answers common student questions surrounding the FAFSA and other types of financial aid.
Any remaining questions about completing the FAFSA? We're here to support you! Text #Hello to 33-55-77.