Ready to Fill Out the FAFSA?
Go to FAFSA.gov:
Type FAFSA.gov into your favorite search engine. You will be directed to the federal government’s website at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Make sure you are on the correct website. The government’s FAFSA form is free and safe. Take a look around!
Get an FSA ID:
The first step is to get an FSA ID. You and a parent each need one. This will let you both log in to the FAFSA site, check and update your information as needed — and sign the form electronically. Be sure to use an email you check frequently and a password you will remember. Go to https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch to sign up for your FSA IDs!
Get Help! There are lots of options:
Call the FAFSA hotline at 1-800-433-3243. Get advice Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. or on weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time).
Federal Student Aid is packed with useful information. Here are some of our favorite pages:
College and COVID-19:
Get the latest information on how the government and colleges are responding to COVID-19. Let your college choices know if COVID has impacted your family. They can often help.
Does your college need a lot of financial information? You may need to fill out the College Board’s CSS Financial Aid Profile. Check with your schools to see if they need this form from you.
Be sure to talk to mentors and adults you trust. Your parents, school counselors, and teachers may seem busy, but they want the best for you. And help is often available from college admissions offices, local nonprofits, and alums from your own high school. If you have any questions at all, find someone to help you.