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Students missed out on an alarming 2.3 Billion Dollars in Financial Aid in 2017, according to a recent analysis by NerdWallet. The reason most students missed out on Federal and State Grants and Aid was because they simply did not file a FAFSA or if they did it was either incomplete or submitted late.

Many students and families do not apply because they find the FAFSA intimidating or overwhelming or they do not think they will qualify. In reality, completing the FAFSA is the first step in qualifying for Federal, State and Institutional Financial Aid. According to Form My Future, a national campaign sponsored by the National College Access Network, over 92% of low-income students will receive grants if they apply and over 85% of students have a chance to receive student financial aid.

The FAFSA is the official Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is a free application from the Department of Education that helps determine eligibility for financial aid programs such as grants, work-study programs and loans. Information submitted on the FAFSA is also used by colleges and universities to determine non-federal aid such as scholarships and private aid.

Students should complete a FAFSA application even if they are unsure if they will qualify.

There are many FREE FAFSA Resources to help you complete your application. There are many online resources and also person-to-person workshops held every year in many states.

 

FREE Online FAFSA Help Resources:

Form Your Future, a national campaign launched by NCAN (National College Access Network) to help more low-income students complete the FAFSA.

FAFSA.gov, the official government site for completing the FAFSA.

 

FAFSA.gov/help, provides help for families completing the form.

 

FSAID.ed.gov, the website to create an FSA ID.

 

A helpful video explaining how to create an FSA ID.

 

StudentAid.gov, part of the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.

 

Complete the FAFSA Guide (PDF)

 

Federal and State Aid Application Deadlines

 

Click on Your State Below to Find Free FAFSA Resources in Your Area:

 

Alabama                                 Kansas                        New Mexico               West Virginia

Alaska                                     Kentucky                    New York                    Wisconsin

Arizona                                   Louisiana                    North Carolina          Wyoming

Arkansas                                 Maine                          North Dakota

California                                Maryland                    Ohio  

Colorado                                 Massachusetts           Oklahoma

Connecticut                           Michigan                     Oregon

Delaware                                Minnesota                   Rhode Island

District of Columbia            Pennsylvania              South Carolina

Florida                                    Mississippi                  South Dakota

Georgia                                   Missouri                      Tennessee

Hawaii                                    Montana                      Texas

Idaho                                      Nebraska                     Utah

Illinois                                    Nevada                        Vermont

Indiana                                  New Hampshire         Virginia

Iowa                                       New Jersey                   Washington

 

 

FAFSA and Financial Aid Resources for Hispanic Students and Families

Puerto Rico – Guide for official FAFSA information for students in Puerto Rico. En Espanol.

Complete the FAFSA Guide in Spanish 

College Board –  Spanish-language site, written for parents, for information about going to college — from how to start planning to how to pay for it.

 

FAFSA and Financial Aid Resources for Military Veterans

Federal Student Aid Guide for Military and their Families

VA GI Bill Comparison Tool

Education Benefits Application Process

 

FAFSA and Financial Aid Info for Non-U.S. Citizens including Undocumented Students

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/non-us-citizens

 

FAFSA Resources for Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education provides an audio overview of the Department’s federal student aid programs including:

  • eligibility criteria
  • application procedures
  • loan repayment options
  • deferment and cancellation provisions

The audio highlights also provide information on nonfederal sources of aid.

The audio highlights are also available in a CD format. The free CD can be played on any audio player. It contains information on federal student aid programs, application procedures, eligibility criteria, loan repayment and the like. To request a CD, call the Federal Student Information Center at 800-4-FED-AID.

Braille Publications

The following federal student aid publications are currently available online through the use of a screen reader. They are also available in Braille through the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll free at 800-4-FED-AID.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Students use the FAFSA to apply for the federal student aid programs administered by the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office. The Braille FAFSA itself cannot be submitted. Students may use a Braille FAFSA as a reference aid. (Note that the online version of the FAFSA is accessible to screen readers.) Braille FAFSAs are also located in the BPCC Financial Aid office and are available to students upon request.

The Student Guide: This is the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans and work-study are the three major forms of student financial aid available through the Department’s Federal Student Aid office. The guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.

Funding Your Education: This is an introductory publication for students not yet enrolled in a postsecondary school. It provides general information about the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student financial aid programs and how to apply for them.

Repaying Your Student Loans: This publication explains available repayment options on the department’s federal student loans so that borrowers can avoid repayment problems and successfully manage and repay their debts.

Federal TTY Numbers

Several major call centers have toll-free TTY numbers for deaf and hearing-impaired students. Teletypewriter access is available during the “operator-services” hours of operation. Students may contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-730-8913. The center provides general information on the federal student aid programs administered by the Department of Education and also assists students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students also may call 800-30-8913 for help applying electronically.

 

FAFSA and Related Resources for Counsellors

Financial Aid Toolkit – a list of tools for counsellors provided by the U.S. Department of Education

Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System 2018/2019 (PDF)

UCanGo2.org FAFSA page for educators, contains helpful resources for counselors planning and hosting FAFSA sessions for students and parents.

NAEHCY  (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth) Higher Education Helpline –

For assistance with issues related to students experiencing homelessness accessing higher education, contact the NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline at 1 (855) 446-2673 (toll-free) or highered@naehcy.org or text “NAEHCY” to 335577.

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) – Top Ten Ways to Support Undocumented Students

2018–19 EFC (Expected Family Contribution) Formula (PDF) – The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a number that determines students’ eligibility for federal student aid. The EFC formulas use the financial information students provide on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to calculate the EFC. Financial aid administrators (FAAs) subtract the EFC from students’ cost of attendance (COA) to determine their need for the following federal student financial assistance offered by the U.S. Department of Education (the Department).