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 in several formats, including online, PDF and paper versions.
• It will be more accurate, since the Web form has built-in edit checks to catch simple errors and you avoid errors introduced by the OCR process.
• You will save the federal government money by reducing their processing costs.
• Submitting the form online allows you to list up to ten colleges, while the paper version has space only for four colleges. Most families complete the FAFSA online these days. It's getting easier to file every year! Now, you can even file for free federal financial aid from your mobile device. Paper versions are no longer bulk-distributed to high schools, colleges and libraries, with a few exceptions. (The exceptions involve organizations that work with underrepresented populations and students that do not have access to the Internet or a phone.)