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What does FAFSA stand for?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

What is the purpose of FAFSA?

FAFSA allows prospective college students apply for financial aid and determine what type and amount of aid they are eligible for.

What kind of Federal Student Aid can a student qualify for?

  • Grants– Student aid funds that do not have to be repaid (other conditions apply)
  • Work Study– A part-time work program to earn money while in school
  • Federal Loans– Student aid funds that must be repaid with interest

What information does a student need to apply?

  • Student’s Social Security card
  • Driver’s license (if applicable)
  • Previous year’s W-2 forms and any other records of income
  • Student’s (and if married, student’s spouse’s) previous year’s Federal Income Tax Return
  • Student’s parent’s previous year’s Federal Income Tax Return (for a dependent student)
  • Student’s untaxed income records from the previous year
  • Student’s current bank statements
  • Information about other assets
  • Student’s alien registration or permanent registration card (for students that are not a U.S. citizen)

How do I get started?

Visit the FAFSA website.