Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) is the first & most important step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school.
To apply for federal student aid, you need to complete the FAFSASM or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.
In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
COMMON FINANCIAL AID MYTHS TO AVOID
"My family makes too much money. I won't qualify."
Not true. Almost every student will qualify for some form of financial assistance regardless of family income. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible after January 1 each year to be considered.
"The FAFSA is difficult to complete."
It's easier than its ever been before. The FAFSA usually takes 30 minutes or less to complete. You can fill it out online at fafsa.ed.gov. Remember, it is the KEY to unlocking as many financial aid option available.
"I need to complete my tax return before I can submit my financial aid forms."
No need to wait. Starting January 1, you can fill out your FAFSA using estimates based on your previous year's tax returns.