FAFSA is the KEY!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key
that opens the door to financial aid. It serves as the application for most
of the financial aid from federal and state programs and from colleges and
universities. Even if you are not sure that you will need financial aid,
we recommend that you fill out a FAFSA
anyway -- it's free.
You should submit the FAFSA as soon after January
1 as possible, making sure you meet any college or state deadlines. The quickest
and most accurate way to file the FAFSA
is online. In contrast to a paper copy, the online form displays only the
data entry fields you need to complete. You also receive directions as you
need them. The FAFSA site is also available in Spanish.
complete the FAFSA you will need an FSA ID, a username and password that enables you to log
in to some Department of Education websites.
If you prefer to fill out
a paper copy of the FAFSA, you can obtain one by calling the Federal Student
Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID.
The FAFSA may not be the
only form required to receive an award letter from a school. You must also
complete the college admissions process. Check with each of the colleges and
universities you listed on your FAFSA to determine their requirements.
you filed your FAFSA electronically, you will receive an electronic Student
Aid Report (SAR) within a few days of submitting your completed FAFSA. (SAR
results may take three weeks if you filed a paper FAFSA.) The SAR is the result
of your FAFSA. Read it immediately and follow any directions. The schools
you list on the FAFSA will also receive results.