Financial aid from the federal government to help you pay for education expenses at an eligible college, technical school, vocational school, or graduate school. There are three categories of federal student aid: grants, work-study, and loans.
Every student, who meets certain eligibility requirements, can get some type of financial aid regardless of age or family income. If you have questions about what makes you eligible to receive aid you can find the basic eligibility requirements here.
Complete the FAFSA, online or in print. The simplified online application is available at www.fafsa.gov. See our checklist to make sure you have everything you need.
When do I complete the FAFSA?
Apply as soon as possible after Jan. 1 of the year you plan on attending college.
FAFSA Online Application
Types of Federal Aide, Grants and Work Study
FAFSA4caster - Provide some basic information and FAFSA4caster will estimate your eligibility for federal student aid. Your estimate will be shown in the "College Cost Worksheet" where you can also provide estimated amounts of other student aid and savings that can go towards your college education.
Here’s your checklist!
You should have the following information and documents with you as you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):