This FAQ section is designed to help you answer questions in different categories. Please select among the categories your question applies.
What is FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA), is a form that can be filled out annually by current and anticipating college students and sometimes their parents in the United States to determine their eligibility for federal student financial aid (including Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, and work-study programs). For more information, on the FAFSA, please click here
Do you have any tips for completing the FAFSA?
- Apply online at fafsa.ed.gov
- Because much of the information supplied on the FAFSA is taken from your and/or your parents' prior-year federal income tax forms, you should make every effort to prepare your income taxes early enough to complete the FAFSA accurately and completely. If you or your parents are unable to prepare your taxes this early, use estimated income figures to complete the FAFSA.
- Be especially careful when entering numbers such as your social security number. An error in reporting your social security number could seriously delay the application process.
- Double check your answers before sending the FAFSA to the processing center.
- If completing the paper FAFSA, then complete the entire form using black ink. Don’t leave any questions blank, unless instructed to do so.
- Keep copies of all documents submitted, in case questions arise concerning your application.
- If you need help, visit www.studentaid.ed.gov or call 1-800-4-FED-AID.
What is EFC and how is it determined and how does it affect my fin aid award?
The EFC is a calculated review of how much your family will be expected to contribute to your college costs. The EFC is subtracted from the cost of attendance at the college. The result is a calculation of the student's financial need or eligibility for financial aid. Aid eligibility at a particular college is a function of both the cost of attendance and the expected family contribution. To calculate your EFC, click here
I messed up on my FAFSA and I want to make corrections but I can’t, why?
When making correction on your FAFSA you have to wait approximately 72 business hours (3 days) to make any corrections on your FAFSA. Before that time it is typical to get an error message on your FAFSA account.