Apply for financial aid!

Federal financial aid can help you make higher education a reality. Completing a FAFSA is the essential first step. Click each step to learn more.


Goal: pay for college

Apply no matter what

A 2004 study showed that in academic year 1999-2000, 850,000 students who were probably eligible for a federal grant missed out because their families didn’t apply. Don’t let that happen to you!

Apply early

Fill out the FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible during your senior year in high school. Apply as early as you can! Millions apply every year, and some funding is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get a head start

The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll see your financial aid packages and can make your school decisions and plans. You’ll also have more time to apply for private loans if you need them.

Reapply each year!

Since your finances and costs may change, each year that you’re in school you must complete a paper or online Renewal FAFSA in order to qualify for the next academic year. Also, continue applying for grants and scholarships.

Watch your mailbox

The federal government will mail you the Renewal FAFSA information to your home, so watch for its arrival. If you don’t receive this information, contact your school’s financial aid office.
Click the Next button to compare two financial aid packages.
If you’re a student who works to help support your family, be sure to tell your school’s financial aid office. This fact may make you eligible for more financial assistance.
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