FAFSA: What you should know
September 18, 2017
Most college students are intimately familiar with the acronym FAFSA, and they have every incentive to be. FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is something college students fill out every year in order to be eligible for financial aid from the government. It’s your ticket to a piece of that $150-billion-dollar pie of federal education funding.
- First of all, to get started, you’ll need to head on over to FAFSA.gov and create your FSA ID.
- The 2018 FAFSA application opens on October 1, 2017. You'll base your FAFSA information on your parents' or your 2016 taxes.
- Each college might have a different deadline. You should check with the college you plan on attending.
- Your FAFSA determines whether you get government grants or loans to help pay for your education.
- You’ll need yours and your parents' social security numbers, as well as your driver’s license number, tax returns, W-2s, bank statements and investment earnings. If you live with one parent or guardian, you’ll only need the income of the parent you live with.
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