FAFSA Resources

For teaching professionals and students to help in the FAFSA application process.

Every year, students leave billions of dollars worth of financial aid on the table by not completing the FAFSA. It is estimated that students missed out on $2.7 billion in free financial aid in 2016. When students don’t apply for FAFSA, it may increase their reliance on private student loans.  However, 47 percent of private loan borrowers could have qualified for more affordable or free federal aid if they had completed the FAFSA.

Students may think it’s too difficult, too time consuming or may just need help getting started. Terms used in the FAFSA process and applying for a FAFSA may seem confusing. To help students navigate the process, we’ve provided  a few tools to help clarify the process. Two of these resources explain the financial and higher education terminology used in the FAFSA process, the third resource offers school personnel and students printable pages that answer many questions and can help students through the process. Click on the following printable resources:

Financial Aid Glossary
Higher Education Glossary
FAFSA Handouts:

 This compilation of handouts offers the following printable resource pages:

  • Obtaining a FAFSA ID
  • Completing the FAFSA
  • 8 Things You Need Before Complete Your FAFSA
  • FAFSA First! Why should I file the FAFSA?
  • Common FAFSA Mistakes: What should I know as I begin the FAFSA?
  • FAFSA Tips for Undocumented Students
  • FAFSA Tips for Students with Undocumented Parents
  • Following Up: What should I do after I complete FAFSA?
  • Post-FAFSA Checklist
  • Am I a Dependent Student?

Additional information and resources may be found on the FAFSA.gov website.