All students who want to be considered for need-based and non-need-based federal and state aid programs, and gift aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. Now that January 1st, has passed, all seniors are eligible to complete and submit a FAFSA.
There are three ways to complete the FAFSA:
- Online FAFSA, which requires a student PIN. Parents should also apply for a PIN to use as their signature for the online FAFSA. Don’t forget to jot down your PINs now for easy reference later.
- PDF FAFSA, which can be printed and filled out by hand or completed on the screen and then printed. Either way, you will mail the form to file.
- Paper FAFSA forms can be requested by calling 800.1.FED.AID and then mailed in to submit.
When you submit your FAFSA online, don’t forget to print out the confirmation page and file it in a safe place. File a copy if you’re submitting by mail.
Please note deadlines for the FAFSA differ from school to school. But, don’t delay— the earlier your application is reviewed, the more money there may be available.