Getting Financial Aid Starts with FAFSA

As soon as you've wrapped up your college applications, you should plan to file your FAFSA.

FAFSA stands for "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" - but we like to think of it as "Financial Aid's First Step Always."

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Steps to Getting Financial Aid

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA

You can fill out the FAFSA online at To complete and submit your FAFSA online, you must create a U.S. Department of Education FSA ID. The FSA ID will serve as your electronic signature. Create an FSA ID at

You can file the FAFSA after October 1. Try to file as early as possible because award deadlines vary from school to school and state to state. Pay attention to your colleges' financial aid deadlines and other required financial aid forms.

Next Step 2: Taking Care of Your Student Aid Report

Important Legal Disclosures and Information

You are encouraged to explore all scholarship, grant and federal borrowing options before applying for a private loan.

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