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FAQ: What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid administered by the Office of Federal Student Aid. Students must submit the FAFSA to qualify for any federal financial aid, most state aid programs, and the vast majority of college aid programs. There is no cost to complete the FAFSA.

26 Places to Get Help with the FAFSA

In case you haven’t heard, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-22 is available on October 1st. That means that it’s time for high school seniors to collect all their documents so they can fill out the FAFSA. Why? Because you will need to have submitted the FAFSA to be eligible for … Read more

Should You Pay Someone to Complete the FAFSA?

(Updated Dec 2018) In July of 2015, the United States government finally gained control of the FAFSA.com website. Until then, the website was owned and operated by Student Financial Aid Service, Inc. which charged students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Over the years, FAFSA.com became the  poster child for financial aid … Read more

My parents are divorced. Which parent do I use for my FAFSA?

For students with divorced parents, the custodial parent is the one the parent they lived with the for the previous 12 months. This isn’t necessarily the parent who has legal custody or who provides the most financial support. If your lived with both parents for the same amount of time, then the custodial parent is … Read more

FAQ: Can I send the FAFSA to more than 10 schools?

Students can enter up to 10 schools on the FAFSA if completed on the web. Any schools added after the tenth will replace a previous school. Students can choose which school to replace with the new school. Replacing a school means that the old school will not have access to any updates or corrections you … Read more

What’s on Your FAFSA May Hurt You

Apparently, completing the FAFSA can be detrimental to your college application and chances for financial aid. According to Inside Higher Ed, some unnamed colleges are using the order students enter schools to receive the FAFSA reports as a way of predicting interest in the school. Essentially, this means that some schools are using the FAFSA … Read more