FAFSA Federal Financial Aid
The FAFSA opens on October 1 each year. Students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible each year in order to access more financial aid opportunities. Money is often available on a first-come, first served basis.
Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
FAFSA Pre-Worksheet: These worksheets will help you get together all of the information you will be asked for when filling out your FAFSA.
ENGLISH FAFSA Worksheet 2020-21 SPANISH FAFSA Worksheet 2019-20
The most important step of applying for financial aid is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To apply for any federal student aid, such as federal grants, loans, and work-study, you need to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA collects information about you and your family and determines how much your family is expected to contribute to your education (EFC-Expected Family Contribution). You’ll usually receive EFC information in four to six weeks. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easy, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.
The first step is to create an account to register for your PIN which will allow you to complete the FAFSA process. It is a good idea to register for your PIN early, so that you are ready to complete the FAFSA form as soon as it becomes available. Go to Create a FAFSA account to register. This is open to parents and students, and is a quick application with fast response. BOTH the student and a parent will need an account, the students account to apply for aid and the parents account to electronically sign for the student.
We recommend you use the FAFSA 4caster, which is an online tool that will help you understand your options for paying for college. Provide some basic information and you will get an estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. Your estimate will be shown in the “College Cost Worksheet” where you can also provide estimated amounts of other student aid and savings that can go towards your college education.
Keep in mind, you will need this information on hand when you fill out the FAFSA:
• Your Social Security
• Your driver’s license (if you have one)
• Your parent’s Social Security Number
• Your parent’s driver’s license
• Your 2017 W-2 Forms and any other record of money earned
• Your 2017 Federal Income Tax Return
• Your Parents’ 2017 Federal Income Tax return
• Your current bank statements
• Your Parent’s current bank statements
8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA:
1. Create an account/pin (your FSA ID)
2. Start the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.gov
3. Fill out the Student Demographics section.
4. List the schools to which you want your FAFSA information sent. (4 for FREE, but can list up to 10)
5. Answer the dependency status questions,
6. Fill out the Parent Demographics section.
7. Supply your financial information.
*Use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) recommended for quick processing, be sure to select this option.
8. Sign and submit your FAFSA form.
If you prefer to mail in a paper FAFSA form you can print one out here:
Please still complete Step #1 above so that you have an online FAFSA account should you need to log in to retrieve information once your form is processed.
How to complete FAFSA if Parents Do Not Have a Social Security Number: https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/financial-aid-and-undocumented-students.pdf
There are now videos available on YouTube for "Paying for College" events in both English and Spanish.
English Paying for College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW9SOlStcEc
Spanish Paying for College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9_sR052VJ0&t=65s