• Paying For College


    Need help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid?


     Here's what you'll need to bring:
      Have your students visit www.fafsa.gov to learn more about the FAFSA and to be better prepared. Here is a list of things your student will need to know/bring with them to complete their FAFSA. To complete the FAFSA, information about the students AND the parent will need to be provided for everything listed below with an * 

    1.) *Their FSA ID — In order to sign the FAFSA electronically, they’ll need a FSA ID. Students can prevent processing delays by getting an ID before they begin the FAFSA. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid 
    2.) *Their social security number — If they don’t know it, it can be found on their social security card. If they don’t have access to that, it may be on their birth certificate or permanent resident card. If they don’t have one of those, or don’t know where it is, they can ask their parent or legal guardian. If they are not a U.S. citizen, they will also need their Alien Registration Number.

    3.) Their driver’s license number — If they don’t have a drivers license then they don’t need to worry about this

    4.) *Their tax records — They will use income records for the tax year prior to the academic year for which they are applying: so if they are filling out the 2016–17 FAFSA, they will need 2015 tax information. If the family hasn’t filed their taxes yet, they can always estimate the amounts using their 2014 tax return, they just need to make sure to update their FAFSA once they file their 2015 taxes. If they have filed their taxes already, they may be able to automatically import tax information into the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

    5.) *Records of untaxed income — This includes a number of variables that may or may not apply to them (child support received, interest income, veterans non-education benefits…)

    6.) *Records of all their assets (money) — This includes savings and checking account balances, as well as investments like stocks and bonds and real estate.

    7.) *List of the school(s) they are interested in attending — The schools they list on their FAFSA will automatically receive their FAFSA results electronically. They will use this FAFSA information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid the student may receive. Students can list up to 10 schools on their FAFSA. If they’re applying to more than 10 schools, they can add more later. 
    8.) You may want to review the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet as a way to prepare for your appointment. 
    Working on FAFSA on your own?
    Here are some helpful links:
    List of Federal Student Aid Resources (printable handouts):