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.
Information Needed to Complete the FAFSA
In order to complete the FAFSA, you will need to bring information for the parent(s) and the student. If your parents are divorced or separated, bring the information below for the parent you have lived with the most in the last 12 months. If that parent has remarried, bring information for the step-parent as well. Do not bring information on a grandparent, aunt, or anyone other than a parent unless you have been legally adopted (even if someone else claims you on the federal tax return.)
If you have completed the FAFSA since May 10, 2015, please bring your FSA ID username and password. Parents who have completed the FAFSA for themselves or other children will use their same FSA ID. We can attempt to recover them if necessary.
If your student is NOT with you, please have access to your student so that they can verify codes sent to their cell phone and their email.
Get2College offers free one-on-one hands-on confidential assistance completing the FAFSA. See if there’s an upcoming FAFSA Day at your school or contact us for an appointment in our centers.