See all resources

Three Things You Need to Know About FAFSA

Fafsa blog

As you consider your options for paying for college, many colleges and scholarship providers will require you to fill out forms to determine your financial need. The main form is the FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is required to receive any type of federal student aid in the form of grants, loans or work-study.

 Key steps to using the FAFSA to get financial aid:

Get organized
Collect all the documents that you will need for yourself and, if you are a dependent on your parents’ taxes, for your parents. Documents include your Social Security Number, driver’s license, bank statements, income tax returns and investment records. You also need to determine the FAFSA deadlines for the schools were you’re applying. Although the government sets one final FAFSA deadline, many colleges and states want it filled out earlier. Some schools may also have additional forms to fill out.

Fill out the FAFSA
You can fill out the application online. The form will ask for information about you, your finances, your school plans and more.

Follow up
You can view your results online, check the status of your file, and make corrections online.

For more detailed information on the FAFSA, please go to


If you enjoyed this post, read a similar post HERE!

You might also like…


Financial Aid Must-Do’s for 2014 from Zinch

The beginning of 2014 is an important time for college and college-bound students. Why? Because it marks the start of “Financial Aid Season”, when schools, scholarship organizations, and financial aid programs begin reviewing...


Opportunities for Financial Aid

As you read last week, the true cost of college can have quite the sticker shock. Between books, fees, daily needs and staying an extra semester to graduate in some cases, it can all add up. So what can you do to lower those costs or...

Piggy bank blog

An Athlete's Guide To Lowering The Cost of College

You’ve got the perfect college picked out. You like the team and the coach, it has strong academics, and campus life is just what you were looking for. Best of all, you got in and there’s a roster spot waiting for you. Just one...