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To get federal financial aid from the FAFSA you must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen 
  • Enroll at least half-time at a qualifying school in a degree or certificate program
  • Graduate and have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Males must register with Selective Service

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Who can get financial aid?

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Financial aid is money to supplement what you and your family can afford to pay for your education. It may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, meal plans, and other educational expenses.

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What can financial aid be used for?

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How much aid you qualify for is calculated by the difference of your expected family contribution and the total cost of the school you plan to attend including tuition, fees, housing, books, supplies, etc.

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How is financial aid determined?

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The application takes an average of 30 minutes or less. It will be faster if you get your FSA ID and all documents and information prepared in advance. You can even get it done faster when you download the app.

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Student financial aid is awarded based on the following equation:
  • Total Cost of Attendance – This is developed by each individual school which includes: tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation, personal expenses, etc.
  • Expected Family Contribution- This is determined by the FAFSA
  • Other Financial Assistance
  • Student Financial Need

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Many grants, work-study, and scholarships use the FAFSA to determine if you qualify. Some programs require the FAFSA to be completed to meet their qualifications.

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What programs are the FAFSA used for?

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FAFSA is open each year on October 1. Financial aid and work study programs are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

However, many states and colleges have earlier deadlines for applying for state and institutional financial aid. You can find your state’s deadline at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa#deadlines. Check with your college about its deadlines.

Because of the variation in state and college deadlines, it is highly recommended that you fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can after October 1 to ensure that you do not miss out on available aid.

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If a student’s parent cannot create an FSA ID because they do not have a social security number, they can enter 000-00-0000 in their FAFSA form. Then print, sign, and mail in the parent signature page. You can still fill out the FAFSA form without an SSN.

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What if my parent doesn’t have a Social Security number?

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If your last name doesn’t fit in the allowed space, type in as much as you can and it will be accepted.

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Males (gender assigned at birth) must be registered for Selective Service to qualify for FAFSA. If you are male under 18 that has not registered for Selective Service, select yes and once you turn 18 you will be registered and a Selective Service card will be mailed to you.

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Do I need to register for selective service?

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If your parent has more than one child who will be in college next year, on the confirmation page of your FAFSA application you can transfer their information to the next FAFSA application. This option is only available on the confirmation page and will not allow you to come back later to transfer.

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Can I submit one FAFSA for all my children going to college?

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A mobile phone number cannot be used with more than one FSA ID. Emails used for the FSA ID need to be different. If you only have one email, your parent can proceed without creating an FSA ID.

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Can I use the same phone number and email address for my FSA ID?

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If you are applying to more than 10 schools, submit your FAFSA then return to the form after it has been processed. You can remove a school and replace it with another one. The school that you had removed will still receive your FAFSA form.

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What do I do if I want to submit to more than 10 colleges?

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The FAFSA can be submitted without parental information, however, it will not be considered complete. FSA will not be able to calculate the EFC. Contact your financial aid office for more details.

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