Your Guide to Filling Out the FAFSA

If your financial circumstances have changed due to COVID-19, you should still complete the FAFSA® based on the information in your tax return. Then contact the colleges where you are applying to discuss any changes. Click here for more information.

Every year, high school grads walk away from billions — as much as $2.7 billion in 2015 — in free federal grant money that could help pay for college, according to NerdWallet. Why? Because they don’t fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, aka the FAFSA®.

With nearly 130 questions and the need to provide financial information for both you and your parents, the FAFSA can seem daunting. But failing to file it can mean losing out on free money. So here are a few tips and stats to help you get started.

1/6

  • FAFSA®

    Don’t Miss Out on Federal Aid

  • Key Things To Know About Federal Student Aid

    Learn about the 9 most important things you need to navigate the maze of federal student aid so you’re fully prepared. Download

  • FAFSA 101: Your Financial Aid FAQs Answered

    Don’t let the college financial aid process intimidate you. These FAQs will get you started. Read More

  • Don’t Fall for These FAFSA Myths

    Think the FAFSA isn’t worth your time? You may be leaving financial aid, loans and scholarships on the table. Read More

  • Your Guide to Filling out the FAFSA

    Completing the FAFSA could mean free money for college. Learn from an expert how to get started. Watch Video

  • Need help with the college application process?

    Get Advice

FAFSA is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Education.