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How to Complete Your FAFSA?


How to Complete Your FAFSA?

According to Federal Student Aid, which is an office of the U. S. Department of Education, $78 billion in new aid was awarded to nearly 10 million students and their families in a recent academic year. Most financial aid advisors agree that filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be the first step in your mission to finance your education.

Ways to Submit the FAFSA

Online – About 95% of FAFSA applications are submitting electronically. Completing the form online at is the fastest way for your school to receive your processed information and has an online help guide. For these reasons, most colleges and universities recommend that you use this method to apply. If you do not have internet access at home, check with your high school, local library, or even a financial aid office at a local campus for a public access computer.

Download Form – You may also complete the application by downloading a PDF form from the website.

Request Paper Form – You can request a paper copy of the form by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

Before Filling out the FAFSA

You’ll want to make sure you have everything you need to complete the application before you get started. Here’s a checklist of information you will need:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License
  • Tax Return or W-2 Forms for the year prior to the year that you will begin school
    • It is best, but not necessary, to file your taxes before completing the FAFSA.
    • Dependent students may need to get this information from their parents.
    • Married students will need their spouse’s tax information as well.
  • Bank Statements
  • Alien Registration or Permanent Resident Card (for non-U.S. citizens)
  • Information for any investment records
  • Federal Student Aid PIN (not necessary, but speeds up the FAFSA process and makes it more secure)