Complete the FAFSA

Civilian federal financial aid can help you make higher education a reality.

Completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the essential first step.

Apply no matter what
A brochure that says 'start here, go further, federal student aid'.Each year, thousands of students who were probably eligible for a federal grant missed out because they just didn’t apply. Don’t let that happen to you!

Apply early
A calendar with a day circled.Fill out the FAFSA and apply as soon as you can. Millions apply every year, and some funding is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get a head start
A young woman working on a computer.The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll see your financial aid packages and can make your school decisions and plans. You’ll also have more time to apply for private loans if you need them.

Reapply each year!
The words 'Renewal FAFSA'.Since your finances and costs may change, each year that you’re in school you must complete a paper or online Renewal FAFSA in order to qualify for the next academic year. Also, continue applying for grants and scholarships.

Watch your inbox/mailbox
A row of mailboxesThe federal government will email or mail you the Renewal FAFSA information, so watch for its arrival. If you don’t receive this information, contact your school’s financial aid office.

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