Steps To Apply for Financial Aid
"Steps To Apply for Financial Aid" submitted by SchoolGrantsfor Editorial Team and last updated on Sunday 24th July 2011
Read before you Start:
Read an overview of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Here you will find:
- FAFSA asks for information
- FAFSA doesn’t count the value of:
- Which parent’s financial information should you use on your FAFSA?
- For the FAFSA, the following people are not your parents unless they’ve adopted you:
- Financial situation changes after submit FAFSA
- The process of documenting
- Process for new applicants
- How do I sign my application?
- What if I want to add or change schools later?
- FAFSA results after your FAFSA has been processed
- Why Reapply each year
- FAFSA for hearing impaired
- Applying for Financial Aid and Important Note Before You Apply For FAFSA
- Financial Aid Timeline and Checklist For Fall, Winter & Summer Spring
- Tips that will help you successfully file your FAFSA
Steps To Fill Out Your FAFSA
Step 1: Collect your information
- Your Social Security Number (SSN)
- Your Federal Student Aid PIN (personal identification number), and one of your parents’ PINs, if you’re a dependent student.
- Your financial records
- An e-mail address. If you provide one, you’ll receive your FAFSA results sooner.
- Your driver’s license number, if you have one.
- Your Alien Registration number, if you’re not a U.S. citizen.
- Don’t wait until you or your parents have filed a tax return to submit the FAFSA. Financial aid will not be granted until the Federal income tax return.
Step 2: Receive Financial Aid Packet
- Receive Financial Aid Packet and move on to the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet.
Receive Financial Aid Packet and start out by reading the Application Packet Cover Letter and the Financial Aid Instructions, and then move on to the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet. That way, you’ll have all the information you need in front of you when you’re ready to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet lists all the questions in the same order as they appear on the online FAFSA.
- Also check Dependent vs. Independent Student? Determine Dependency Status For Federal Student Aid
Step 3: Complete the FAFSA online
- Free Help Completing the FAFSA
- Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC)
- Financial aid office (FAO)
- To report student aid fraud
Step 4: Submit any other applications
If you’re mailing the FAFSA or any other application form, it’s a good idea to get a Certificate of Mailing from the Post Office ($1.15 in addition to postage) as proof you met the deadline.
Step 5: Review Your Student Aid Report
- Review Your Student Aid Report
- Your College Cost of Attendance
- Your Expected Family Contribution
- Your Financial Need
Step 6: Evaluation
- Worksheet to Evaluate Your Financial Aid Grants and Scholarships Offers - Evaluate your financial aid offers
- Questions to Ask When Comparing Financial Aid Grants and Scholarships
- Contact Financial aid office (FAO): Financial aid office (FAO) is dedicated to provide you with useful information about financial aid programs offered through college or university and the process to apply for and receive funding by providing the most comprehensive financial assistance possible to current and perspective students.