Open Doors to Hopes and Dreams With FAFSA® and Financial Aid

Financial aid is the gateway that many students need to achieve their hopes and dreams. The financial support included in aid packages can make postsecondary education affordable and provide students with the opportunity to achieve an advanced degree, access more career possibilities, and earn a better income. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a critical step in the process of securing financial aid, and it’s available free of charge to both U.S. citizens and qualified non-U.S. citizens. Even students who are not eligible for federal financial aid should complete the FAFSA since this may qualify them for state or local aid packages. Students must complete the FAFSA application each year they wish to receive financial aid. For 2022, the FAFSA is due Thursday, June 30, but students are encouraged to complete the process as soon as possible to maximize their opportunities for grants, scholarships, and loans.

To help you better understand FAFSA and the application process, we’ve compiled some of the most important information you need to get started. Use these resources to get an overview of the program, and then follow the embedded links to more detailed resources that are housed on the Federal Student Aid website.

What Is FAFSA, and Why Do I Need to Complete It?

Gain an understanding of student financial aid and the process for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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What Is Involved in the Financial Aid Application Process?

Explore the five parts of the financial aid process, including planning, completing the FAFSA, reviewing aid offers, receiving aid, and repaying loans.

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What Do Parents Need to Know About FAFSA and Financial Aid?

Learn the basic steps in the financial aid process and how parents can support their children through the process of applying for and funding their postsecondary education.

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Financial Aid Myths and Realities

Uncover the truths behind 12 common misunderstandings about financial aid.

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FAFSA and Financial Aid FAQs

Get quick answers to some of the most common questions about FAFSA and the financial aid process.

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