The FAFSA is arguably the most important form for college and career school. Read more about the application process, important deadlines, and requirements to fill out the application.

FAFSA at a Glance

The FAFSA is 100% free to fill out and submit.

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is created and coordinated by the U.S. Department of Education. It is safe and secure.
  • Nearly all colleges and career schools use the FAFSA to determine how much aid to offer each student. Financial aid funds are disbursed along a sliding scale of need and merit; the FAFSA is the most comprehensive and secure method of confirming a student’s position on that scale.
  • The federal government verifies the student’s information, but it is the colleges and/or programs that a student applies to that will use the info to dole out financial aid awards.
  • The FAFSA is a form. The use of “application” in the title is a bit of a misnomer.
  • On average, the FAFSA should take about 30-minutes to complete.
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $120 billion in financial aid to help pay for college or career school each year.

Start the FAFSA by following this link!

Before the FAFSA

Answers to Common FAFSA Questions

After You Click Submit

Extra Steps

Complete the Process

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