Free Application For Federal Student Aid. This is used for all federal and state student grants, work study, and loans. This form can be accessed from www.FAFSA.ed.gov or by clicking the box to the right. You should never have to pay anything to apply with this form. The customer service phone number is 1-800-4-fed-aid.
As the FAFSA filing season approaches, students and parents can better inform themselves about the application process by viewing Do You Need Money for College?
The new College Preparation Checklist is greatly expanded compared to the previous version. This small booklet explains how to prepare academically and financially for college through “to do” lists aimed at elementary and secondary school students and their parents, as well as adult students. Simply worded information about federal aid, what to do at FAFSA filing time, and looking for scholarships also is included. View or download the new College Preparation Checklist
Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. To save time, students and parents should create FAFSA IDs before students apply for aid. The FAFSA ID must be requested online here.
The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet is a useful tool in preparing to complete the online FAFSA. The worksheet lists the FAFSA questions and provides boxes for students’ (and parents’) answers. The order of the questions on the worksheet follows that of FAFSA on the Web, which differs from the paper FAFSA. Students and parents can view and download the worksheet PDF here.
Apply online using www.fafsa.ed.gov by clicking the box above. If a Web site requests credit card information or some other form of payment to complete the FAFSA it is the wrong website. The FAFSA is free.
Check Deadlines- beware of your state’s and your school’s application deadlines. While there is no deadline for applying for federal student aid, you should apply as early as possible after January 1 or each year that you will attend college. Some state and school aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Collect the information you need to complete the FAFSA
*Your Social Security number and your parents’ Social Security numbers
*Your driver’s license number, if you have one
*Your alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen
*Your federal tax returns and income information
Check your FAFSA – After you complete the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Review the information carefully and make any necessary corrections.
Respond immediately to any request from your school for additional information.