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FAFSA Information Page

By Sarah Bass

What is FAFSA?


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application you will use to apply for federal student aid programs offered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Filling out the FAFSA is free and gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to help pay for college.

Many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state aid and school aid.


Application Begins: October 1, 2018


Federal Student Aid includes: 

  • Grants
  • Work-study funds
  • Student loans

When do I submit my FAFSA?

  • NOW!!!
  • If you plan to attend college from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019, you can submit the FAFSA NOW.
  • The deadline for FAFSA applications is June 30, 2019.
  • Apply as soon as possible - Some states have limited financial aid funds - You could miss out on aid if you wait until the last minute to apply!

How to Apply:
Almost all students and families complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov
  • fafsa.gov has built-in help to guide you through the application process
  • fafsa.gov uses "skip logic" that allows you to skip questions that don't apply to you
  • the schools you list on your FAFSA will receive your processed information faster

In addition to the online form, you have two other options for completing the FAFSA:
  • You can download  and complete a PDF FAFSA (go to fafsa.gov and scroll to FAFSA Filing Options).
  • You can order and complete a paper version of the PDF FAFSA (you may request up to three copies of the PDF FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

We strongly encourage you to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. Some states have limited financial aid funds. Funds will be distributed on a "first-come, first-served" basis. SO, APPLY NOW! DON'T WAIT!


For more information on FAFSA, visit the following links:

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