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Student Loans: Filling out the FAFSA

Written by: Daniel Kukainis

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What is the FAFSA?

  • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

  • Application for Grants, Loans, and Work-Study Funds from the Federal Government.
    • Also used by Schools and states for their financial aid programs.
    • Determines eligibility for Student Aid.

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How do I apply for the FAFSA?

  • Apply online at fafsa.gov
    • You will be prompted to create a username (FSA ID) and password.
    • Click here to create your FSA ID.
    • If your parent has required information, they will need their own login.
  • You can automatically skip questions that don’t pertain to you.

  • Can be completed in as little as 30 minutes to fill out.

  • You will need your Social Security Number, Photo ID, W-2, and Tax Records.

  • You can automatically skip questions that don’t pertain to you.

  • Three groups of questions on the FAFSA.
    • Personal, Financial, and Parental information.

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When should I fill out the FAFSA?

  • To apply for federal student aid, you can apply between.
    • Oct. 1, 2017, and June 30, 2019, for the 2018–19 school year and
    • Oct. 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, for the 2019–20 school year.
  • You can list up to 10 schools that you may be interested in attending.
    • Include all the schools, even if you haven’t been accepted yet or applied to yet.
      • You can change the schools later if needed.
  • Once your FAFSA is filled out, the information will be shared with the Colleges you listed.
    • From there, the Financial Aid Office at that school will determine how much Federal Student Aid you may be able to receive at that school.  It may determine how much the school will give in financial aid as well.In addition, the information will go to the state to see if they will provide any student aid.
  • Click here to get started filling out your FAFSA!

Check out this easy to follow video, which highlights the process of filling out the FAFSA:

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