Understanding the financial aid process for school can be most perplexing and overwhelming. The following websites will help you navigate through this process with a little more confidence.
Always remember that completing the financial aid applications and getting help with the financial aid process is FREE... be wary of those who want to charge money to help get financial aid or assist in scholarships searches!!!
Beginning October 1, students may apply for financial aid for college. Students under the age of 24 are required to have parent information on their FAFSA.
Before filling out the FAFSA, students and parents will each need to apply for an FSA ID (electronic signature) to sign and revise the FAFSA form.
What do I need to fill out the FAFSA?
Parent and student social security numbers and exact names
Alien registration number if applicable
Month and year of parent(s) most recent marriage, separation, or divorce
tax and W2 information from prior prior year (example: If you are filling it out for Fall of 2018, use 2016 taxes)
Other tax information such as child support paid or received, savings accounts, investments, assets
Assets do NOT include: homes, cars, retirement accounts, businesses you own
If you are a parent completing the FAFSA form for your child, follow these steps:
1. Create an account (FSA ID).
An FSA ID is a username and password you use on Federal Student Aid websites such as fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov. If your child is considered a dependent student, two unique FSA IDs are needed to complete the FAFSA form online:
- Parent’s FSA ID
- Student’s FSA ID
We recommend that you and your child register for FSA IDs ahead of time, so you don’t experience delays later in the process.
IMPORTANT: Your child must create his or her own FSA ID. You cannot create an FSA ID for your child. Also, when you register, you’ll be asked to provide an email address and mobile phone number. This is optional, but highly recommended. These two items must be unique to each account. In other words, your email address and mobile phone number cannot be associated with more than one FSA ID.
You and your child should create your FSA IDs now at StudentAid.gov/fsaid.
Your FSA ID serves as your legal electronic signature throughout the federal student aid process. Do not share your FSA ID with anyone, not even your child. Your child should also not share his or her FSA ID with you. Keep your FSA ID information in a safe place. You’ll need it to renew your FAFSA form each year and to access federal student aid information online.
2. Start the FAFSA® form at fafsa.gov.
- Go to fafsa.gov and click “Start A New FAFSA.”
- Once on the log-in page, you will see two options. If you are starting the FAFSA form on behalf of your child, choose the option on the right, “Enter the student’s information.” Do not choose the option on the left, “Enter your (the student’s) FSA ID.”
Toll-free FAFSA Helpline: 1-800-433-3243
Toll-free FSA ID Helpline: 1-800-557-7394
Additionally, families can request free individual appointments for FAFSA completion assistance by calling TRIO Educational Opportunity Center at 208-364-9925.