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Federal student financial aid is the best place to start seeking money for college.  Federal student aid comes from the federal government – specifically, the U.S. Department of Education. It’s money that helps pay for higher education expenses (i.e., college, career school, or graduate school expenses). Federal student aid covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important application for getting federal assistance and the only way to get access to federal student loans, grants and work-study programs. Submit your FAFSA application as early as possible, some aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about Financial Aid and FAFSA

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For the upcoming FAFSA Application, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2018–19 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2016 income and tax information. 

If you plan to attend college from:

You will submit this FAFSA:

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July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 2018-19 October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019 2016
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 2019-20 October 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020 2017

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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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Eligibility for financial aid depends on several factors, such as your personal and family income and the school's cost. To receive financial aid, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in a program leading to a certificate or degree at an eligible school.
  • Demonstrate financial need for need-based aid programs, not be in default or owe a refund on any federal aid program.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress – requirements for this can be found at your school’s financial aid office.
  • If required, registration with Selective Service.

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Following are the different types of Federal Student Loans available:

Federal Direct Subsidized Loans 

The least expensive federal direct student loan option is the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, which is sometimes called the Subsidized Stafford Loan. This low-interest, fixed-rate loan is available to students with demonstrated financial need. With this type of loan, the federal governments pays the interest on your loan while you’re attending school at least half time, 6-months after you leave school and during periods of deferment (when you delay or reduce payment on your loan because of financial struggles or other defined needs). Apply for a Federal Subsidized Loan with the FAFSA 

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan 

Financial need is not a factor in obtaining a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (sometimes called the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan). You can apply for a low-interest, fixed-rate loan if you are an undergraduate or graduate student. Unlike the Subsidized Loan, you will be responsible for paying the loan’s interest as soon as the loan is disbursed. Apply for a Federal Unsubsidized Loan with the FAFSA

Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Parents and Graduate Students

Another type of federal loan available to parents and graduate student is called a PLUS Loan. This is a loan granted to parents of dependent undergraduate students and graduate or professional students. A good credit history is mandatory to qualify for this type of loan. A Parent PLUS loan from the federal government has some benefits including flexible payment suspension options but also explore alternative Parent Loans from private educational lenders to compare interest rates and fees to decide what is best for your family. Apply for a PLUS Loan with the FAFSA

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Preparing all documents and information in advance will help make the FAFSA application process easier and faster. The type of information needed for yourself, your spouse and/or your parents if you are a dependent is:
  • Social Security number or Alien registration number (if you’re not a U.S. citizen)
  • Federal tax returns (including W2s)
  • Records of untaxed income (like child support)
  • Bank records (cash, savings, checking account balances)
  • Investment information (such as stocks/bonds not in a qualified retirement plan, or investment property)
  • Your colleges: You must list at least 1 college to receive your information. You may update your choices later to receive aid at a different school.

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The application takes an average of 30 minutes or less to complete and will go faster if all of your documents and information is gathered and prepared in advance.

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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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The FAFSA is also the main application used to determine eligibility for work-study programs where students can fund their education by part-time employment at participating educational institutions. All federal grant programs also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility and some scholarships also use the form.

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FAFSA Submission Confirmation
A confirmation page will appear after you sign and submit your application. If you don’t see this confirmation, double check that you've clicked the submit button. You will receive a copy of the confirmation page by email if you provided an email address. Be sure to keep your confirmation number with your other important financial aid information.

Student Aid Report (SAR)
After submitting the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR summarizes the information from your FAFSA and provides your financial aid eligibility. Review this carefully and verify all information is accurate. If you find you need to make corrections, go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/, log in as a returning user, and click on “Make FAFSA Corrections.”

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Federal student financial aid is the best place to start seeking money for college.  Federal student aid comes from the federal government – specifically, the U.S. Department of Education. It’s money that helps pay for higher education expenses (i.e., college, career school, or graduate school expenses). Federal student aid covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important application for getting federal assistance and the only way to get access to federal student loans, grants and work-study programs. Submit your FAFSA application as early as possible, some aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about Financial Aid and FAFSA

FAFSA Videos

Types of Financial Aid

 

How to apply for aid with FAFSA

How to get a FAFSA Id

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Income & Tax Documents for the FAFSA Application

For the upcoming FAFSA Application, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2018–19 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2016 income and tax information. 

If you plan to attend college from:

You will submit this FAFSA:

Application submission dates: 

Using income and tax information from:

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 2018-19 October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019 2016
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 2019-20 October 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020 2017

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