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High School Seniors: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Parents of seniors, it’s time for your student to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

WHAT IS FAFSA? FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is the only way to apply for federal student aid. 

WHO CAN APPLY? Most students are eligible to receive financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college or career school. Your age, race, or field of study won’t affect your eligibility for federal student aid. While your income is taken into consideration, it doesn’t automatically prevent you from getting federal student aid.

WHAT COLLEGES ACCEPT FINANCIAL AID? Career schools (e.g., trade, apprenticeship, journeyman), two-year community colleges and four-year colleges accept financial aid. Determine what’s best for your career goals.

WHAT TYPE OF AID IS AVAILABLE? The FAFSA will help determine what types of aid you are eligible to receive, including:

  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Work-Study

WHEN CAN I APPLY? Each October, the FAFSA is available for the next school year. It is best to fill it out as early as you can as some aid is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Students must complete the FAFSA in order to qualify for state or federal aid for college. Students who complete the FAFSA by the first week of March can pick up a piece of school swag from their school’s Future Center.

HERE is more information about completing the FAFSA and about where you can go for help in completing the FAFSA.