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Finish Your FAFSA Quick and Easy

It’s time to file your FAFSA! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application for federal and state financial aid available to students entering, or in, college. All students regardless of financial status are encouraged to file every year.

Filing your FAFSA can still feel intimidating and confusing, especially if you’re filing for the first time. So, let’s clear things up. The tips below will help make the process easier.

What you need to do first:

Get your FSA ID! You need one and so does at least one of your parents. This is your unique FAFSA login and needed to submit the form. If you have siblings in college, your parent(s) most likely already have a FSA ID. You will use this ID every year to file, or if you need to log in to make adjustments to your application.

What you need to have ready:

Your FSA ID, Driver’s License, Social Security Number, 2018 Tax documents, and W-2s for you and your parents. Completing the application will take less time if you have these things ready when you begin the filing process. You can also link your filed taxes to the FAFSA application electronically when you apply. This helps keep it accurate.

What you need to do:

  1. Check your state’s deadline. If you’re considering schools within your state of residence, make sure that you file by the deadline so you can be considered for state scholarships and grants in addition to Federal aid. Indiana’s deadline is April 15, 2020.
  2. Send your results to up to 10 schools. The FAFSA allows you to automatically send your information to up to 10 colleges and universities. You can look up schools within the application, or enter the unique school code directly. Grace College’s school code is 001800.
  3. Triple check your information! Mistakes cause delays in processing. These delays could push you outside the deadline if you are cutting it close. It pays to be accurate and early!
  4. Sign it. Both you and a parent have to sign it! Your FAFSA won’t be processed until both signatures are on your application. If you and a parent complete the FAFSA together, you will not have to save your application and log in to complete this part.

There may also be other financial aid forms to complete for the school you attend, but the first step is a FAFSA (outside funding, financial circumstances, etc.). The FAFSA is not perfect and may not capture a true picture of your financial situation. Following up with the Financial Aid office or the school you plan to attend will be important so they can help you with your questions.

If you have any questions about this process, connect with your Admissions Counselor at Grace College. We are happy to help you through this process as you prepare for the next step in your education!