Take the first step toward paying for college by filling out the FAFSA. We understand that the FAFSA can be vital to financing your student's education and are here to help with the many resources below.
Use this interactive map to discover the many financial aid professionals near you. They are available to guide you through the FAFSA process. You do not have to be attending that college to receive free assistance.Search now!
Contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center for live chat, phone, and/or email FAFSA assistance. Live support is available at times convenient with your schedule.Request assistance now
Below you will find videos that contain everything from how to fill out the FAFSA to what to expect after your application has been submitted. Learn valuable information on how to find money to assist you in paying for college.See below!
FAFSA Video Resources
Additional Tips for Completing The FAFSA
- Student's Social Security Number
- Parent's Social Security Number
- Students Driver License Number if they have one
- Student's Alien Registration Number if they are not a US citizen
- Federal Tax Information or Tax Returns for the student and the parents if the student is still a dependent. Eligible students and parents who filed a U.S. tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now have the ability to have their tax information transferred directly into the FAFSA form with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT).
- Untaxed Income Information such as interest income, noneducation veteran benefits, child support received for the student and the parents if the student is still a dependent
- Financial Information such as cash, bank account balances, investment accounts, businesses and farms for the student and the parents if the student is still a dependent
A family's EFC indicates how much a family should be able to contribute financially to the student's education. It is calculated using a formula established by the U.S. Congress and is used to determine a student's eligibility for financial aid. It is used in determining allocations of federal financial aid and, at some colleges and universities, for institution-specific financial aid.
The EFC is not the amount of financial aid to be received. It is also not the amount of money that the family will need to pay for the student's education.
When a family has multiple students in college, the EFC for each student is adjusted down, which could help students qualify for more financial aid. Remember that each student in the family needs to complete a separate FAFSA form.
You did it! Once your FAFSA form has been submitted online, you can check its status immediately. If you submitted a paper application it takes 1-2 weeks from the mailing date to process. Within 3 weeks of submission, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). This is a summary of the FAFSA information that was submitted. Review your SAR to make sure there are no mistakes. You are able to go online and update some parts of your FAFSA if mistakes were made so be sure to check carefully.
If you are offered financial aid and decide to accept it - Congratulations! The financial aid office at the college where you have been accepted will explain how your aid will be paid out. They will also tell you if you need to fill out other forms or meet other requirements. Make sure you contact your college's financial aid office so you understand the process of receiving your student aid.