Start with a FAFSA Form
College is expensive, but it’s one of the best investments you can make in your future. And here’s the good news: There is financial help for you in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and other sources of income.
One of the first things to do after you’ve decided to attend college is to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. You can complete it online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, or request a hard copy by calling 1-800-433-3243 (1-800-4-FED-AID). The FAFSA form also is available in Spanish. Look for the link on the website.
Submit your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible. The earlier you send it in, the better your chances for receiving aid. Thatís because many schools and states award nonfederal financial aid to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis.
While the FAFSA is a federal application that all colleges review, it’s only one part of the financial aid process. Every college has its own procedures, criteria, and deadlines for awarding financial aid. Find out the process at the college you’re considering and follow the steps recommended.
Two sources of help completing your FAFSA are your college Financial Aid Office and the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) Program in your state (www.ed.gov).
Continue to Your Eligibility for Financial Aid