Nov 01

Apply for FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a program of the United States Department of Education that facilitates the processing, awarding, and monitoring of FAFSA grants, FAFSA student loans, and FAFSA financial aid in general.

Why should you apply for FAFSA?

FAFSA financial aid has a budget of about $150 billion every year for students all over the state. If you are someone who wants to attend college or a career school, but do not have adequate funding, FAFSA gives you a shot at getting the education that you want.

Who can apply for FAFSA?
FAFSA gets around 22 million applications every year for over $6,200 colleges and career school in the different states. The qualifications for FAFSA slightly vary per college and state, but the basic federal qualifications are the same:

  • A citizen of the United
  • Holder of a valid Social Security Number (except for the students from the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau)
  • Holder of a General Education Development (GED) certificate or high school diploma or home schooling papers
  • Enrolled as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate in an eligible program
  • Have a good academic record
  • Have no outstanding federal student loans or no existing refund for a federal student grant
  • Registered with Selective service
  • Have not gotten any conviction for drug related offenses

How can I apply in FAFSA?

Applying for FAFSA is a pretty straightforward process. In addition, since the advent of the internet, it has been a lot easier. Going to the official website of FAFSA will give access to the necessary FAFSA form to fill out, the list of requirements to present, and even the FAFSA estimator. Suffice it to say, applying for FAFSA is just a few clicks and types away.

When do I have to apply for FAFSA?
Since FAFSA operates on a limited budget and on a first come, first served basis, the earlier you apply, the better. Although the set FAFSA deadline is June 30, the deadlines for FAFSA applications vary per educational institution and state. To avoid confusion and to be ahead of the majority of FAFSA applications, the best advice is to apply for FAFSA by January 1 if possible.

Are there different kinds of FAFSA?
There are many different kinds of FAFSA, but they are generally grouped into three:

  • College or school FAFSA
  • State FAFSA
  • Federal FAFSA

Furthermore, FAFSA can be in the form of student loan and grants to name a few.

Is FAFSA the same as a scholarship?
FAFSA is not the same as a scholarship. FAFSA covers expenses for schooling that financial aid awardees will have to settle at a later time. On the other hand, a scholarship is given by institutions without necessarily needing payment later. In effect, scholarships can be much harder to get and sustain.

All other information that you may need about FAFSA financial aid such as FAFSA phone number, free FAFSA forms, and application for FAFSA pin, etc. can be found at the official FAFSA website www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To get started with any other financial aid such as the BOG you need to complete the FAFSA and submit the required documents to the financial aid office. You can complete this form quickly by going to FAFSA website.

The system will ask you some questions and you should get a SAR or a Student Aid Report from FAFSA in about two to four weeks after you have submitted the FAFSA. This will depend upon whether you did this online or by regular paper. Your SAR will have all the information you put of your FAFSA which will be forwarded to colleges that you listed on the FAFSA and the grant agency for the state. The college will notify you for eligibility and then send you a letter for more information.

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