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FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid that is required to be eligible for federal and other state aid.

There are three ways to complete a FAFSA:

  1. Online at www.fafsa.gov (recommended method for applying)
  2. Paper FAFSA (request a copy by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID [1-800-433-3243]).
  3. Apply directly through your college, university or career school. You should check with the financial aid administrator at the school you are interested in attending to see if the school can assist you with your application.

Use the instructions in this guide to help you complete the application process. If you are online and need additional assistance with a particular question, you can use the online help found in the “Help and Hints” box on the right-hand side of the screen for each question you answer.

Applying online is generally faster and easier for three reasons:

  • FAFSA on the Web has built-in help to guide you through the application process. You will use a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to sign in to your account and electronically sign your application
  • Skip logic in FAFSA on the Web guides you to answer key questions and may allow you to skip other questions and complete the application faster.
  • The schools you list on your application will receive your processed information faster.

How to Get an FSA ID

You’ll need an FSA ID, a username and password combination that allows you to sign your FAFSA electronically. Your FSA ID also can be used to sign loan contracts and to access certain information online. You can get your FSA ID as you fill out the FAFSA, but you also have the option to get it ahead of time.  Find out how to get an FSA ID.

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