FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an online application that takes students line-by-line through the financial aid application process. Completing and submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the single most important thing you can do to get assistance paying for college.

The FAFSA is your gateway to financial aid: grants, loans, scholarships and work study. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

To apply or find out more information, visit www.fafsa.gov.

Why Complete the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your gateway to financial aid and opens the door for you to receive grants, loans, work study and certain college, university and career technical program scholarships. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.  

Regardless of your income, you should plan to apply for financial aid. Even if you are not eligible for grant aid (monies you generally do not need to repay), you will need to apply to be considered for a student loan, such as unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans. It is worth your time to complete the process.

ALL seniors attending college or pursuing ANY kind of career or technical training after high school should apply for financial aid through the FAFSA

Apply online between January 1st – March 2nd at www.fafsa.gov.

PIN Number

A Federal Student Aid PIN is a 4-digit number or 6-character alphabetic code that is assigned to a student or parent to access Federal Student Aid websites and to sign a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, so you should never give your PIN to anyone, including commercial services that offer to help you complete your FAFSA.

While you are not required to have a PIN to complete and submit a FAFSA on the Web application, it is the fastest way to sign your application and have it processed. It is also the only way to access or correct your information online, or to pre-fill a FAFSA on the Web application with information from your previous year’s FAFSA.

To obtain your PIN, visit www.pin.ed.gov.

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