All students applying for college (even community college) need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to receive financial aid to attend college. The FAFSA becomes available October 1st every year. Use these resources below to help with the process!
Step 1: FSA ID
The FSA ID acts as your log in for the FAFSA and your method of electronically signing the FAFSA. The student and parent (as defined below) must each have their own FSA ID. Click the button for how to create a FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov .
Who’s My Parent When I Fill Out My FAFSA? – Graphic provided by Federal Student Aid
Step 2: The Application
If you don’t fill out the FAFSA form, you could be missing out on a lot of financial aid! Everyone who's getting ready to go to college or career school should fill out the FAFSA form at fafsa.ed.gov/ . The IRS Data Retrieval tool allows you to link accounts to automatically fill in your tax information. If you are unable to use that tool, you will enter tax information manually so you will need you Tax Forms.
Click the button for a preview of the questions students and parents may be asked while completing the FAFSA form.
Click the button below for information and FAQs on completing the FAFSA.
Am I Dependent or Independent on the FAFSA? Click below to to find out.
Step 3: Get Your SAR
Your Student Aid Report (SAR) is a paper or electronic document that gives you some basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid as well as listing your answers to the FAFSA questions. You should receive it 3-10 days after submitting the FAFSA. When you get your SAR, review it carefully to make sure it’s correct and complete. The school(s) you listed on your FAFSA form will use your information to determine your eligibility for federal—and possibly nonfederal—financial aid. A school may ask you to verify the accuracy of your FAFSA data, so you need to be sure the information is correct. If you don’t have any changes to make to the information listed on your SAR, just keep it for your records. If you review your SAR and find a mistake, you will need to complete a correct or update your FAFSA form. Click the button below for answers to FAQs.
You might see a note on your Student Aid Report saying you’ve been selected for verification; or your school might contact you to inform you that you’ve been selected. Verification is the process your school uses to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA form is accurate. Your school has the authority to contact you for documentation that supports the information you reported. If that is the case, you will need to follow their steps carefully and provide additional information to confirm your financial information. Click the button below for more information or go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/next-steps#verification.