FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Check out the Scholarships & Financial Aid Booklet
ARTICLE: 11 Common FAFSA Mistakes
ARTICLE: 7 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA
Federal student aid includes:
- Grants—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund)
- Loans— borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest
- Work-Study—a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school
FAFSA is the most important document that a student needs to be eligible for financial aid from state, federal and school levels. By completing and submitting FAFSA, most students receive financial aid and do not pay the full cost of tuition!
Complete your FAFSA in October to ensure you do not miss any college deadlines and receive the best financial package (financial aid is given out on a first-come, first-served basis). Applications will be accepted only after October 1, but you and your parent/guardian may apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) PIN (personal information number) at any time.
Students with the College Bound Scholarship must file FAFSA by as close to October 1 of your Senior year to receive maximum financial assistance.
Community colleges require FAFSA to be processed by March, of your Senior year
Need help with your FAFSA?
Video help is available from at Federal Student Aid.
You can use FAFSA4caster to get an estimate of how much aid you might receive from the U.S. Department of Education before filling out the FAFSA January of your Senior year in high school.
College Success Foundation has a series of short videos filled with information about filing the FAFSA: