Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

What is the FAFSA?

  • The Office of Federal Student Aid (OFSA) uses the information reported on the FAFSA to determine qualifications for grants, loans and work-study programs for students attending colleges, universities and/or career schools.
  • States and postsecondary institutions use information reported on the FAFSA to award scholarships.
  • FAFSA completion leads to a Student Aid Report (SAR), which lists the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the financial amount a student/family should be able to provide toward the student's cost of education.
    • Questions or concerns about projected EFCs should be directed to the financial aid office of your postsecondary institution.
    • Federal financial aid is issued directly to the postsecondary institution on your behalf.
    • FAFSA forms and additional information can be accessed at

How do I complete the FAFSA?

    • Complete the FAFSA (electronic or paper) after Jan. 1.
    • Electronic filing/online access requires a PIN. To request/reset your PIN, visit
    • Information to help you complete the FAFSA:
    • Tax returns, W-2s, bank statements, investment records
    • Financial information may be needed for parent(s)
    • Federal codes for colleges you may attend (
    • Submit FAFSA by the deadline (federal deadline is June 30; state deadlines vary)
    • For assistance, go to or call 800-433-3243

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