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What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine your eligibility for federal aid.  It is the application for grants, some scholarships, work-study, and loans.  We recommend that you apply for financial aid as soon as possible on October 1st of the year prior to the Fall semester start. 

Note: If you are the student, by signing the FAFSA you certify that you (1) will use federal and/or state student financial aid only to pay the cost of attending an institution of higher education, (2) are not in default on a federal student loan or have made satisfactory arrangements to pay it, (3) do not owe money back on a federal student grant or have made satisfactory arrangements to pay it, and (4) will notify your school if you default on a federal student loan.  If you are the parent of the student, by signing the FAFSA you agree, if asked, to provide information that will verify the accuracy of your completed form.  This information may include your federal or state income tax forms.  Also, you certify that you understand the Department of Education has the authority to verify information reported on the FAFSA with the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies.  If you purposely give false or misleading information, you may be fined $20,000, sent to prison or both. (If a student is suspected of fraud for the information that is provided on the FAFSA and/or the Office of Financial Aid, we will contact the Office of the Inspector General and forward your file for review.)


Step 1: Before Beginning to Complete a FAFSA

You will need a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to electronically sign your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parents will also need to apply for an FSA ID so they can electronically sign your FAFSA.  Apply for your FSA ID Online.

Step 2: Completing a FAFSA Online

Completing the online FAFSA is the fastest and easiest way to apply for financial aid.  If you do not wish to complete an electronic FAFSA, you may submit a paper FAFSA to the federal processor.  Paper applications are available in our office. Whether you do your FAFSA online or do a paper FAFSA, applying EARLY is important. Follow this link to complete your FAFSA Online

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