A college education is an investment in your future. Fortunately, financial aid is available to help
manage the cost. One of the most important steps you can take to find grants, scholarships and
low-cost loans is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
These handy tips will help you complete the FAFSA and start down the road to success!
Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1
every year to meet school and state deadlines.
Apply for your Personal Identification Number (PIN) before you
complete the FAFSA. You can request one at PIN.ed.gov.
Visit FAFSA.gov to complete the application online
and receive step-by-step instructions. You can also
request a paper copy by contacting the Federal
Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID.
Because FAFSA.gov is a secure site, youi
information is encrypted for privacy.
If you have a question while completing the FAFSA
online, you can view the 'Help and Hints' box on the
right-hand side of each screen to get answers.
Don t forget to apply for your PIN!
Hit the 'Save' button
often. Always use the
'Next' and 'Previous'
buttons on the site.
Never use the 'Back'
button on your
browser or you may
lose your information.
Statistics show only about 1 in
10,000 students get a full ride to
college. Don't take that chance!
Complete the FAFSA.
Include information about your parents' income
when completing the FAFSA. If you have a special
situation, you should contact your school's
financial aid office.
If your parents have money in a 401 (k), don't include this
information on your FAFSA. Retirement funds are not used
to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
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