Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA, or Free Applicaton for Federal Student Aid, is the first step in the financial aid process. By completing this application form, you will be matched with aid programs that you qualify for.

There are overall federal deadlines for each school year. However, each school has a priority deadline for fianancial aid, so it is best to get the application in before this date. If you can complete the FAFSA for the following school year as soon as your (and your parents if you are a dependent) federal income tax is done for the previous year your application will be in early.

The FAFSA online application will ask income history and other important information. After submitting the application, it will be processed by the Department of Education. Once they have determinded what aid you qualify for, you will be sent a Student Aid Report (SAR). An electronic copy of your SAR is also made available to the schools you've listed on your FAFSA.

Your SAR will list what types of aid you qualify for, including federal and state grants, such as the pell grant, stafford loans, and parent loans.

If you were awarded student loans or parent loans, you will then complete the application process for the specific type of loan you qualified for. Generally the funds are transferred to the college, and you will receive a disbursement during registration if your awards were above the cost of tuition and fees.

Go to the FAFSA website

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