How to Fill Out the FAFSA

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

August 27, 2019 19 By Stanley Isaacs


The Free Application for
Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the application for grants,
loans, and work-study funds provided by
the federal government. It is also used by many
states and schools for their financial aid programs. For the fastest
and easiest way to apply, visit our official website,
fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available
in English and Spanish. As you fill it out online you’ll
be able to automatically skip questions that don’t pertain
to you, check out your status immediately,
and get online help. It takes most people less
than 30 minutes to complete the application. You’ll need a
few things when you fill it out, so get ready by gathering your Social Security number, your Permanent Resident Card
if you have one, any W-2 forms or records
of money you earned for the previous year,
and your tax records. By the way, a nice time-saving
feature of the FAFSA is that many people are eligible
to automatically transfer their tax data from the IRS
into the FAFSA. So keep an eye out
while you’re applying, in case you’re
offered that option. If you have any questions about
what information to gather, there is a complete list of
documents that you will need at fafsa.gov. Before you begin the process
of filling out the FAFSA, you should create a user name
and password called an FSA ID that will act as your
electronic signature. You’ll only need to create an
FSA ID once; and you can use it to renew your FAFSA
each year that you apply. Your parents will need
an FSA ID too if they have to provide any information. So now you’re ready
to begin filling out the FAFSA to apply for financial aid. There are three groups
of questions that include personal information,
such as your name, address, and marital status; financial information,
such as your income; and any parent information
that is required. If you get hung up or confused
about a question, the “Help and Hints” box
on the right-hand side of the application can help with
each question as you move along. Also, look for the online chat
feature under “Help” if you would like assistance from
a knowledgeable agent. Because colleges and career
schools use the FAFSA to provide financial aid, you can list
up to 10 schools that you are interested in attending. You should list all of
the schools that you are considering, even if you haven’t
been accepted or applied yet. If you have more than 10 schools
in mind, you can submit your FAFSA with 10 schools and then
replace some of those schools with other schools later. When you finish filling out
the FAFSA, use your FSA ID to sign the form. If you are required to submit
parent information on your FAFSA, a parent will need to
sign the application with his or her own FSA ID as well. If you have any questions
or need more information, please visit StudentAid.gov.