The term Financial Aid includes need-based grants, scholarships, work study, student loans, and parent loans.
What is a FAFSA? FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Where can I find information about the FAFSA?
Financial aid information including information about the FAFSA is available for FREE at www.fafsa.gov. Caution---- navigating to a similar web address www.fafsa.com brings you to a private company that may charge you for assistance with financial aid and scholarship information.
What type of financial aid will I qualify for?
To estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) use the FAFSA4caster.
Why should I fill out a FAFSA? My family income is too high to qualify for aid….
Before any college, university, and/or professional technical program offer aid type of campus based scholarship or aid the institution will first want to look at a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information. Click Here
Even if a family’s income is too high for need based aid, the student may qualify for scholarships, work-study, or low interest student loans. Don’t assume you will not qualify for financial aid. The FAFSA formula not only considers income and savings in calculating a family’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) but also other factors such as the age of the parents and the number of children enrolled in college.
What’s the first step?
Students and parents should register for a PIN number by December of the student’s senior year. Click Here
When do I fill out the FAFSA?
January 1 of the senior year parent and student should complete the FAFSA form. Most individuals use their previous tax year information to fill in the FAFSA information, then they make adjustments to the FAFSA after their actual taxes are submitted. Click Here