Financial Aid Blog | Filling out FAFSA is a necessary first step
December 3rd, 2013 | Financial Aid Counselors
What is a FAFSA? You may have asked yourself this if you are a parent of a high school student, a high school students or a college student. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. In order to be eligible for free federal aid (i.e. in order to pay for college), you must complete and submit the FAFSA.
While the process can seem daunting, completing and submitting the form is easier than ever. To get the process started, simply go to the FAFSA website and work through the application. Since you may run into some questions, we’ve taken the time to provide answers to some of the questions we hear most often.
Why should I fill out the FAFSA?
Because if you don’t, you could be missing out on financial aid. Regardless of you or your family’s income, you need to complete the FAFSA. Not only is it required by the government for financial aid, but most state and private institutions require the FAFSA to be completed as well.
When do I fill out the FAFSA?
For the 2014-15 year, you can apply between Jan. 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. There are some grants that are available on a first come, first served basis so apply as early as you can.
What is my estimated aid?
The government has created a tool called FAFSA4caster. You can use it to estimate your federal student aid.
How do I fill out the FAFSA?
The easiest and fastest method is online, but you can elect to download a PDF form or request to have a paper copy mailed to you by calling 1-800-433-3243. If you need tips on filling out the FAFSA or have any questions at all, contact the Student Financial Services office or review the ‘Filling Out the FAFSA‘ page.
Once your FAFSA is processed, you will get an Expected Family Contribution (EFC),which is used to determine how much financial aid you can receive. You can also learn more about what happens after you fill out the FAFSA.
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