Start On the FAFSA With Five Simple Videos From Federal Student Aid

Looking for an easy way to get started on your hunt for college money? The U.S. Department of Education has a useful playlist with five simple videos to guide you through the financial aid process and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also know as the FAFSA.

Each video is less than five minutes.

Check out the full playlist or choose an individual video to watch below.


FAFSA Overview

This is a quick rundown of the FAFSA. The video explains what the FAFSA is, how it’s used to decide your financial assistance package, how to fill it out, and why it’s necessary. It’ll also show you how to apply for your FSA ID. Plus, you’ll discover a few simple tips that will put you ahead of your classmates. Watch now>>


How To Fill Out the FAFSA

Fill out the FAFSA with the help of this guide. You’ll find out where to fill out the FAFSA online and what you’ll need in order to do so correctly. You’ll also get quick recommendations on what questions you’ll need to answer, speeding up the application process. Watch now>>


FAFSA: Determining Your Dependency Status

This video helps you determine what is called your dependency status. At the age of 18, you are legally an adult, but for the FAFSA, you might be considered a dependent well into your 20s. It’s important to understand your status, so you know what information you need for the FAFSA. This video helps explain your dependency status and the process of how it’s determined. Watch now>>


Overview of the Financial Aid Process

This video gives an overview of the financial aid process, not just the FAFSA. You’ll learn about government funding for college as well as the important differences between grants, loans, and work-study money. Watch now>>


After the FAFSA: What Happens Next

This video walks you through what happens after you fill out and submit your FAFSA. You learn what happens to your FAFSA and how to check progress online. You’ll learn what your Student Aid Report (SAR) is, how to access it, and make corrections if needed. You’ll also receive information and recommendations on award letters from the schools you’ve applied to. Watch now>>


The financial aid process can be intimidating. Start with these simple FAFSA videos. They’ll make the process easier to manage and understand.