Financial Aid | FAFSA

Applying with FAFSA

Before each year of college, apply for federal grants, work study and loans with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Your college uses FAFSA data to determine aid eligibility.

01

Create a FSA ID

Create a FSA ID for the parent and student. This allows the student and parent to electronically sign the application at the end. This shortens the processing time.

If a parent does not have a social security number, then print out the signature page at the end of the application. The parent must sign the paper and mail the signature page.

02

Begin filling out the FAFSA

Go to the FAFSA online and start a new FAFSA by logging in with your FSA ID. If you have not created one yet, you can do so at this time.

03

Fill out the 'Demographics' section

Remember that the FAFSA is for the student, so make sure the student is filling out his or her portion.

04

List the schools you want your FAFSA sent to

Add all of the colleges/universities you are considering on the list. There is a max of 10 schools that can be added. If you need to add more than 10, these are some options on what you can do.

05

Financial Information

Both the student and parent would need to provide financial information. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is an option so that you can import your tax information.

06

Sign and submit your FAFSA form

Once completed, look back through the forms and make sure everything is correct and that there are no errors. Make sure BOTH the student's and parent’s signature is on the document.

07

View the SAR Report

Review your Student Aid Report to make sure it's correct and complete. An expected family contribution (EFC) should display on your SAR.