You applied to your dream college, Yay! Now what?
Time to fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application.
The process of acquiring financial aid is very time-consuming and confusing. We wanted to make it a bit easier for you, so here's a list of everything you need to file your FAFSA:
- Tax Returns
- You’re going to need your tax returns from at least two years before, so if you are filing for 2021-2022 you need your tax return from 2019. If you are a dependent, the ones you would use are your parents’.FSA ID
- An FSA ID is just your username and password that helps make the process easier. While you aren’t required to have one, it helps streamline the process of filing your FAFSA. The FSA ID is especially important if you plan on filing more than once, because it saves your information so you don’t have to re-enter it.List of schools you plan on attending
- These are going to be the schools that receive your information and determine your eligibility status, as well as amount of aid granted. To enter the school, you will need a 6-digit code that the school can provide for you, or you can find at https://www.fafsa.gov/.Social Security Number
- Have your SSN on hand while filling out your FAFSA. Your SSN acts as a unique identifier to you given to you at birth by the government. If you are not a US citizen, you can provide your Alien Registration Number as part of your application.Assets
FAFSA will need some information you can easily find on your bank statement.
Since 2017, the U.S. Department of Education also takes into consideration your investments and savings as a factor in determining your financial aid.
The FAFSA becomes open to all October 1 and closes June 30 of the next year. Remember that the sooner you fill it out, the higher your financial aid could be! This process can be time consuming, so we created a tool to help you fill out your FAFSA in under 5 minutes versus the typical 45+ minutes that it would take to fill out on https://www.fafsa.gov/.
Create your account today and get your federal aid!