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 https://fafsa.ed.gov.
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 https://pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp.
- 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 (www.fafsa.gov)
- Submit FAFSA by the deadline (federal deadline is June 30; state deadlines vary)
- For assistance, go to www.studentaid.gov/completefafsa or call 800-433-3243
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