The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be accessed at https://fafsa.ed.gov/
Financial aid begins with the FAFSA, yet in 2013 an estimated 47% of high school graduates neglected to submit theirs, resulting in 2.9 billion dollars in Pell Grants going unclaimed. No student can afford to miss out on financial aid opportunities, which is why AffordableColleges.com created a guide to the FAFSA.
Here’s a video to the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA.
The Federal Student Aid website is an extremely helpful tool, be sure to check it out before, or even during your FAFSA if you come across something you don’t know how to answer. Click here to go straight to their resources page. They provide tools to help you figure out if you’re a Dependent or Independent, how to determine which parent to use for your FAFSA, how Federal Aid works for Undocumented/DACA Students, and much more.
The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet provides a preview of the questions that you may be asked while completing the FAFSA. It may be a good idea to check this out before you get started!
Have you heard of an FSA ID? You and one parent will need one to submit your FAFSA. You will use the same FSA ID each year so it may be helpful to keep a reminder sheet, like this one.
Want to see a paper copy of the FAFSA? Click here, it has instructions too.
Think an in depth description of what the FAFSA is would be useful? Access one here, the FAQ section will probably assist you the most.
Guess what? There are even books about FAFSA. Click here for Mark Kantrowitz and David Levy’s, “Filing the FAFSA”.
FAFSA also has a Demonstration Site available so you can increase your own understanding of the FAFSA before you apply. At the demo site, you can complete a sample FAFSA, make corrections, or check the status of the application. However, when you choose “submit,” the information is not actually submitted. The site is purely a learning tool. To access, please click here. Enter the user name eddemo and the password fafsatest, and you’re all set. The site displays both the English and Spanish versions of the online FAFSA. The demo site is updated in December each year to show the upcoming year’s FAFSA.
Do videos work best for you? Mapping Your Future has numerous videos that aid students and parents in completing the FAFSA. You can access their handout here and Q&A here.
North Carolina FAFSA Training
Finding Money For College/The Financial Aid Process
CFNC – NC State Aid
The Federal Student Aid has a call center that is available Monday-Friday (8:00AM-11:00PM) and Saturday-Sunday (11:00AM-5:00PM). So if you have any questions that you are unsure how to answer, please call: 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).