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Applying for FAFSA

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As we prepared for our future and our plans after high school, there are ways to keep up ahead of the game. We have answered a couple questions about FAFSA. What is FAFSA exactly? It stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application helps determine how much aid you can receive for college each year. Here are some things to know:

Who is eligible for FAFSA?

To qualify for FAFSA, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security number (unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of Palau).
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school.
  • Have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent.

There are more eligibility requirements for FAFSA. You can view the full list of criteria here.

 

How do I apply for FAFSA?

You can now apply for FAFSA using the free  myStudentAid app. If you use the app with an Apple device, be sure to disable the “smart punctuation” feature before filling out the form to avoid errors.

If you’d rather not download an app, you can also apply for FAFSA online at FAFSA.ed.gov.

You can still send in your application via snail mail, but this is not recommended for several reasons: The online applications are simpler to complete and generally have fewer errors because they only ask you relevant questions and are designed to detect common errors. Your application is also likely to be processed quicker when submitted online.

If for whatever reasons your parents are not paying any part of your college tuition, you may be able to apply for FAFSA as an independent. If you can apply as an independent, your parents’ income will not be considered when your eligibility is determined.

The sooner you apply for FAFSA, the greater your chance at obtaining the limited financial aid offered by your college and state. Don’t delay; apply today!

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