Financial Aid is an important piece of the college search and decision making process. Below you will find important sites, links, or documents that may be able to help you with this process.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an important piece in this process. Any student who is looking to borrow money for college, receive grants or additional opportunities (such as student employment/work study, grant programs, etc.) will need to complete the FASFA in order to be considered for these opportunities.
To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, loans, and work-study, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.
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.
In order to file a FAFSA, you must obtain a FSA ID Number. This will serve as your electronic signature. To obtain your FSA ID number, you can visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
Each year the FAFSA is updated. The "new" FAFSA is available on Jan.1st of each year. For example, if a student is attending college starting in Fall of 2016, the student and parents will need to fill out the FAFSA after Jan. 1st in order to have the updated FAFSA for that year. However, you can download or view the FAFSA for the current year prior to completing the new one, this will help you identify what you will need to know when completing your FAFSA.
You may also find the following websites helpful during this process: