Apply for Federal Financial Aid!
Apply for financial aid! To apply for federal student aid for college or career school and for most state and institutional aid, you must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year that you attend. The quickest way to apply is online using FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov, beginning as early as October 1 each year.
Financial aid offices use information from FAFSA to determine if you are eligible for different types of federal student aid, such as grants, loans, and work-study. So be sure to fill out a FAFSA even if you think you won’t qualify.
What are the steps in applying for aid using the online FAFSA?
- GET A PIN-Apply for a Federal Student Aid personal identification number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. The PIN will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically and later to access your processed FAFSA online.
- GATHER THE INFORMATION REQUIRED TO APPLY - You will need:
1. Your Social Security number and your parent’s Social Security numbers if you are providing parent information
2. Your driver’s license number if you have one.
3. Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. citizen.
4. Federal tax information or tax returns, including W-2 information, for yourself, for your spouse if you are married, and for your parents if you are providing parent information, using income records for the year prior to the academic year for which your are applying.
5. Records of untaxed income (such as Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANT) benefits, and veterans benefits) and information on savings, investments, and business and farm assets for yourself (and for your parents if you are providing parent information).
- BE AWARE OF DEADLINES - Financial aid deadlines for states and schools are usually earlier than federal deadlines.
- USE THE FAFSA ON THE WEB WORKSHEET
- COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION - Enter all necessary information at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you need help, there are help links on each page of the online application.
- SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION - After you submit your application, make sure your receive a confirmation number. This number tells you your application has been successfully submitted. Keep this confirmation number for your records.
- FOLLOW UP ON YOUR FAFSA - Your application will be processed and you will receive an email with a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you did not provide an email address, you will receive your SAR by mail. You should review your SAR for any necessary corrections or updates. If you do not hear from FAFSA within three weeks, go to www.fafsa.ed.govand select: “Check status of a submitted of a submitted FAFSA or Print Signature Page.”