Fast Track to FAFSA
Introducing the FAFSA: Let the Funds Begin
Getting financial aid starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.
By filling it out, you apply for the U.S. Department of Education's federal student aid programs, the largest source of student aid in America. In many cases, you're also automatically applying for funds from your state, and your school as well.
Who It's For: See If You're Eligible
You might be eligible if all of these apply to you:
You are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
You are a high school graduate or GED holder
You are working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program
You are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money to the government related to other grants or loans
Get complete eligibility information.
Completing the FAFSA: Do It Online
It's recommended that you complete the FAFSA online. More help is available online, and you'll get a response within 3-5 days, rather than 2-3 weeks by mail.
Before you start, find out what information you need and how to fill out the form. Save time by gathering all the necessary documents and information first. Go to the FAFSA Web site to find out exactly what to do.
You can also download the detailed online tutorial Completing the FAFSA from the U.S. Department of Education.
FAFSA Worksheets: Get a Head Start
The FAFSA Web site has lots of resources to help you:
A list of the documents you will need before beginning your FAFSA.
A worksheet to determine your FAFSA dependency status. If the FAFSA considers you to be dependent on your parents or family, you will need to provide information about them on the application. The dependency status worksheet helps you figure out whether you're dependent before filling out the FAFSA.
Download FAFSA on the Web Worksheet. You can use it to practice
filling out the real FAFSA.
Questions about FAFSA? Find Answers
If you have questions about completing the FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID, or click the "Live Help" link on the Contact Us page of the FAFSA Web site, then click the "CUSTOMER SERVICE LIVE" button.
FAFSA4Caster: Be Ahead of the Curve
If you are a high school junior or below, use FAFSA4Caster to estimate how much federal assistance you might get. This FREE tool helps you:
Estimate your eligibility for federal student aid
Reduce the time it takes to complete the FAFSA
Plan for your future financial needs
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