Learn everything about the FAFSA and what you need to do to get financial aid for college. Watch this engaging video and get ready for college.
What is FAFSA?
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is the form that the U.S. Department of Education uses to decide what Federal financial aid you are eligible for and how much assistance you should get. This form is also used by many non-government organizations and institutions to determine your eligibility for private financial aid programs.
Filling out the FAFSA is the first step in getting any type of financial assistance, including:
- Federal grants, loans and work-study jobs
- Financial aid packages offered by specific schools or other agencies
Am I eligible for Federal financial aid?
To be eligible, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
- A high school graduate or have a GED
- Enroll at a university or college
How much will I get?
The amount of financial aid you get depends on things like:
- Student income (if the student does not rely on their parents for support)
- Parent income
- Items of value (“assets”) owned by you like a car, a home, or a savings account
- The number of people in your household
- The number of family members in college
How do I apply?
You have three options for completing the FAFSA:
- Print a copy of the FAFSA in English or Spanish. You will need to fill out your paper copy and mail it to the address provided on the form.
- Request that a paper copy be mailed to you by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1 (800) 4-FED-AID [1 (800) 433-3242)] (toll-free). Complete the application and mail it back to the address on the form.
- Complete the FAFSA online.