FAFSA and Financial Aid,
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Need help with the FAFSA and financial aid?

Our short, friendly guide is designed to help you navigate the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in your quest to get financial aid for college. We know everyone has questions. Start with the guide. Get more help from the website!

Get organized. Get started. And know we are here to help if you have questions. Use our website to search for answers. If we don’t have an answer to your question, let us know. We will research it and get it answered online so every student can benefit from your curiosity.

Is this website for me?

Yes! This website is for everyone seeking money for college. We know many students tackle the FAFSA on their own. It’s great to have help from parents or college counselors, but this may not be possible. Students take on this challenge successfully all the time. This is your website.

Our guide is for students, families, and the many caring college access professionals who are there to help. Filling out the FAFSA is the first step for most students seeking financial help to go to college. Getting and keeping your financial aid is crucial for college success.

Is this information trustworthy?

Absolutely. We keep up to date and stay in the mix, asking lots of questions about FAFSA and financial aid. Students offer us their questions. Experienced college and financial aid professionals help us out with the answers.

We take on big topics: How to prepare for the form, what will be asked, and why the government needs the information. And we try to root out confusion as we find it. We talk to students, parents, and counselors, looking for ways to be helpful. We work to demystify every aspect of financial aid and make the FAFSA less intimidating for both students and adults.

Where can I learn more?

The FAFSA How-To Guide for High School Students and website are published by the Center for New York City Affairs, a policy research organization based at The New School in New York City.

Questions? Requests? E-mail the guide’s author Kim Nauer. Get in touch today.

Our Thanks

This guide and website were made possible with financial support from the United Way of New York City, which works to provide equitable education supports to students so they may realize and contribute their full potential as leaders, members of the workforce, members of communities, and members of families. We also thank the New York City Department of Education, which translates the guide each year and provides it to NYC students and families. And we give thanks to the many students, mentors and college access professionals we work with locally and nationally. We are grateful for their time and insight.