The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, offers more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds from the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Program. FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for these funds, which are need-based.
In addition, many colleges and universities use the information on the FAFSA to make decisions about scholarships, grants, and loans awarded through their institution (these might be need-based, and might be available for undocumented DACA students).
FAFSA applications open on Oct. 1 for the following school year.
Financial aid is often given on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important for students to submit their FAFSA as close to Oct. 1 as possible.
In order to complete the FAFSA, students will need:
Federal tax returns
Student social security numbers (undocumented and DACA students should see their counselor for guidance)
Parent social security numbers (you can still apply if your parent doesn’t have a social security number)
Date of birth
Your driver’s license or government ID
Types of Federal Financial Aid
Common Financial Aid Myths
Watch these short videos to learn more:
Fore more information, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.