The FAFSA is the free application for Federal Student Aid and opens every year on October 1 for the school year starting the following fall.
You may potentially receive more financial aid if you are independent and thus no longer considered a dependent for your parents.
Most financial aid is based on financial need; the difference between the college’s cost of attendance and your Expected Family Contribution.
When you complete the FAFSA, you’ll need to list schools you’re interested in attending. Your FAFSA application is sent to those schools, and the ones that you’ve applied to and been accepted to will send you financial aid offer letters stating how much you can receive in financial aid.
The FAFSA can be completed in about 30 minutes if you know what to expect and have the information you need at your fingertips.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed every year by students seeking financial aid. Financial aid includes grants, scholarships, work-study programs and student loans. The application is free to complete. Don’t let anyone scam you and offer to complete it for a fee.
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