How to apply for Student Financial Aid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application Process
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school. More than $150 billion in grants, work-study funds, and loans each year, but you have to complete the FAFSA to see if you can get any of that money.
FAFSA Application Process – Steps by step
- Start the application process with FAFSA.gov
- FAFSA stands for the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid
- Make Sure you pick the FAFSA application corresponding to your school year. For example, if you are going to be starting college in 2016, make sure to use the 2016-17 application not the 2015-16 FAFSA application.
- ALL students should complete the FAFSA.
The FAFSA can be accessed absolutely FREE by going online to www.fafsa.gov.Private websites such as FAFSA.com, will charge you to file your application.
Students who are applying to college should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.
2. Go to www.pin.ed.gov to get Student/Parent PINs for FAFSA
Both the student and one of their parents needs to apply for a Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number or PIN.
The PIN is used to electronically sign the FAFSA and can be applied for as part of the FAFSA application or separately on the PIN website, www.pin.ed.gov.
Caution : If a parent does not have a valid social security number, they will not be able to apply for a PIN to electronically sign the FAFSA. Instead, the parent will need to print the FAFSA signature page at the end of the FAFSA and sign and mail the document to Federal Student Aid processing at the address listed on the signature page.
3. Start FAFSA application
(a) File online: www.fafsa.gov
- Worksheet includes built-in edits
- Skip-logic for faster filing
(b) Check status, make corrections online
(c) Very Important Check ;
It is important to make sure you file on time and are aware of any additional application materials required by the college. Keep track of deadline dates for all colleges where you plan to apply and make sure you have completed the FAFSA before the earliest deadline.