What is the FAFSA?You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you want to apply for federal and state financial aid. Many colleges and universities also require the FAFSA. You must submit it every year that you want aid.
How Do I Fill Out the FAFSA?The form is available online, although PDF and paper versions can be requested. The best option is to complete the web-based version. It includes step-by-step instructions for completing the online version as well as preapplication worksheets.
• It will be more accurate, since the online form has built-in edit checks to catch simple errors and you avoid errors introduced by the OCR process.
• Submitting the form online allows you to list up to ten colleges, while the paper version has space only for four colleges.