A college education can be expensive.

For many students, that cost means it isn’t a question of if you’re going to need help paying for school, but a question of how much. Paying for college starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). The FAFSA is a form you and your parents fill out with your family’s financial information. Colleges use it to determine your eligibility for federal, state and institutional financial aid. But do you understand the ins and outs of financial aid? Let’s find out.


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