The FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – is the first step in getting money for college. It is required for federal student aid and some state, college, and private monies.
More than $3 billion in money for college is left on the table each year simply because students do not complete this required form.
You must complete the FAFSA at fafsa.gov after October 1 of your senior year. The online application process contains built-in edits to help you prevent costly mistakes. Make sure you meet state grant deadlines and your prospective colleges’ priority deadlines. The earlier you file the more time you will have to determine the best college fit for you that you can afford.
Here is a list of documents you need to gather before filing:
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