FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid - you must fill out the application to be eligible for federally-funded aid, scholarships, grants, or loans. The FAFSA is a task for graduating seniors, and their families, to complete early in the new year. Only seniors planning to attend college in the fall of 2020 need to file a FAFSA.
The FAFSA will be available on October 1st. Link here to understand the new dates for your FAFSA. Seniors should have completed the FAFSA as soon after October 1st as possible. Click here if you have questions about updating or changing information to your FAFSA
Click here for the FAFSA Worksheet: this can help you get organized before you complete your FAFSA online; this is recommended, especially if you're new to this process. The Federal Student Aid website also has excellent resources and tips.
Making errors on the FAFSA will slow down the process considerably - click here for tips on how to avoid FAFSA Errors.
Also see: 12 Common FAFSA Mistakes
This site, MoneyGeek.com, has a step-by-step guide that walks you through the FAFSA (they are a financial institution who provide various services for a fee, but the resource is free)
In addition to the FAFSA, some schools or scholarships require the College Scholarship Services (CSS)/Financial Aid PROFILE Application. Click here to see the list of schools that require this: College List
Homeless or "Unaccompanied" Youth are eligible for aid! You may need a form from our district's McKinney-Vento Liaison
Students in Foster Care can access scholarship monies as well. Click on the link for Foster Care to Success to establish an account and get more information
Click here for more Resources - all downloadable!
Types of Federal Student Aid are explained on this site.