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Aid Step 2: Submitting the FAFSA Form

— What is the FAFSA Form —


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first form you will need to file

to begin the financial need process for most federal student aid programs.

the FAFSA form will be required for all Federal Student Loans and many scholarships. It is used by colleges to determine your financial aid eligibility.


You must determine your dependent and independent status before completing the FAFSA form:

see dependent vs. independent status: Step 1

parents of dependent students must complete part of the FAFSA form.


You may submit the FAFSA form anytime after January 1 in the year you intend to begin school;

for example, if you plan to attend school in Fall 2007, you must submit your FAFSA form anytime after January 1, 2007 to about the end of July in order to qualify for financial aid for the academic year coming up.

you should submit your FAFSA form early to meet college financial aid deadlines


Completing the FAFSA form requires the following records:

Returning students seeking financial aid must complete a FAFSA form each year they attend school.

returning students will complete the Renewal FAFSA form — the renewal form updates your previous submitted FAFSA form.

click to open FAFSA links and information


Some colleges may require submission of the FINANCIAL AID PROFILE® form in addition to the FAFSA form:

link to the collegeboard for information

the PROFILE form is a fee-based form used by select schools to administer their own financial programs.

the PROFILE form requires more complete information not generally covered by the FAFSA form — contact your college institution to determine whether they require the PROFILE form and any other Financial Aid Application forms:

college and university directory:
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