The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) went live one week ago. It’s a new version of the form and has been buggy and inaccessible to many, but one hopes the site will be working more smoothly in the weeks to come. 

There are no income limits to apply for the FAFSA, and many state and private colleges use the FAFSA to determine a student’s financial aid eligibility. 85% of students qualify for some form of aid, and the only way to find out is to apply. Deadlines for completing the FAFSA vary by state and institution, but it’s best to apply early to ensure better odds of securing funds.

Give yourself about two hours and make sure you have access to gather necessary documents such as Social Security Numbers, tax returns, W-2 forms, and other financial records. Keep a notebook nearby or set up your Docs to take notes and write down passwords – you must renew this form each year. And hell have some snacks and good tunes to get you through it. I suggest “Psycho Killer” by the Talking Heads.

Fa-fa-fa-fa, fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-FAFSA!

Resources

FSA ID: https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch

FAFSA Application: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

FAFSA Hotline: 1-800-433-3243

Articles

NPR: FAFSA delays are straining families and colleges.

FastWeb: FAFSA Truths from a Parent That’s Been There, Done That | Fastweb

Grown & Flown: https://grownandflown.com/what-need-know-fafsa-css-profile/