The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is how you apply for federal grants, including the Pell Grant, as well as work-study funds, student loans and scholarships.
If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, you should fill out your FAFSA now!
Tips for Completing the FAFSA
1.) The official FAFSA website is fafsa.gov. You should never be asked to pay to complete the FAFSA. It’s always FREE.
2.) Fill out the FAFSA form as soon as possible. Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and some states and colleges run out of money early. Even if it seems like your school’s deadline is far off in the future, get your FAFSA done ASAP.
3.) It’s important to get an FSA ID before filling out the FAFSA form. When you register for an FSA ID, you may need to wait up to three days before you can use it to sign your FAFSA form electronically. An FSA ID is a username and password that you use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites, including fafsa.gov. You AND your parent will each need your own, separate FSA IDs if you both want to sign your FAFSA form online. Create an FSA ID at: StudentAid.gov/fsaid.
4.) Colleges can’t see the other schools you’ve added, so you should add ALL colleges you are considering to your FAFSA form, even if you aren’t sure if you’ll apply or be accepted. You can add up to 10 schools at a time.