Do you know someone who is going to college or will be this coming year? If so, you should be familiar with FAFSA. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You must submit a FAFSA form each school year to qualify for grants, scholarships, federal work-study, and federal student loans. Each year, the FAFSA window opens on October 1st. It is important to file your FAFSA as close to Oct 1st as possible to improve your chances of qualifying for the most grant, scholarship, and work-study aid. The earlier you submit your application the better because some aid is awarded on a first come first served basis (such as federal work-study dollars and many state and institutional grants and scholarships.)
States also have financial aid programs, especially for residents attending in-state public colleges. To apply for state financial aid you must submit your FAFSA first. Keep in mind each state might set its own FAFSA deadline for incoming college students. Find your state’s deadline HERE.
College tuition and financial aid is a huge component of your financial plan. We are happy to help you with the application and with every step of your financial journey.