The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is used by the US Department of Education to determine your student’s financial need based on income, assets, and household information. FAFSA completion gives you access to grants, loans, and work-study. The FAFSA is REQUIRED for your student if he or she wishes to apply for financial aid.

Please be aware that many scams appear each year attempting to get families to pay for information that is free. Specifically, families are targeted by “scholarship companies” that promise to complete FAFSA applications and/or guarantee scholarships for a fee (often as much as $1500). Scholarship information is always available for free at the high school, colleges and on the internet.

For more information or to begin filling out your FAFSA, click here.

Steps to Complete the FAFSA

The FAFSA is easy to complete. Therefore, you do not have to be with your child to complete it. He or she just needs the following information:

1. Your 2016 tax information (1040 forms and W-2 forms)
2. Your Social Security Number and/ or Tax ID
3. The Student’s Social Security Number

FAFSA Information for Undocumented Students

Please click here to find valuable tips for completing the FAFSA if you are undocumented.


Do you have more questions about this topic? Contact Ms. McGuire.