FAFSA Publications and Resources

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used by the U.S. Dept of Education to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid. To learn more about the FAFSA, visit our information-based website, StartWithFAFSA.org.

 

Publications

PDF of Finish the FAFSA in Five Steps

Finish the FAFSA in Five Steps, also available in Spanish, breaks the FAFSA process into five simple steps and includes information about the materials needed to complete the form, tools available through online submission and more. It also provides information about additional financial aid resources and includes FAFSA Facts, which offers students and parents must-know facts about the FAFSA including useful terms, when to apply and how to get the most assistance throughout the process.

 

PPT of FAFSA Fundamentals

The FAFSA Fundamentals PowerPoint is a great introduction to the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid. It will guide you through an overview of completing the FAFSA.

 

 

PDF of Who Needs FSA ID

Review UCanGo2’s Who Needs a Federal Student Aid ID? flowchart to see if one or both parents of a dependent student must create an FSA ID before starting the 2024-25 FAFSA.

 

 



PDF of Dependency Questions

The Dependency Questionnaire lists the questions used to determine your dependency status on the FAFSA. If you answer "Yes" to any one of these questions, you'll be considered an independent student and will not need to include your parents' information on the FAFSA.

 

 


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The FSA ID Worksheet, also available in Spanish will guide you through the FSA ID creation process. Federal Student Aid IDs are required for students to electronically sign the FAFSA, and one parent of a dependent student will also need to create an FSA ID. Keep this document in a safe place.

 

 


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The Items Needed to Complete a FAFSA pdf gives parents and students a clear idea of how to better prepare to fill out the FAFSA.

 

 

 

 

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The Federal Student Aid Identification (FSA ID) PowerPoint will guide you through the ins and outs of the FSA ID and how to create one.




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The Federal Student Aid Identification (FSA ID) with NO Social Security Number PowerPoint will guide parents and spouses of students through the FSA ID creation process.




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The Student Aid Index (SAI) PowerPoint provides information on how to understand the SAI, an eligibility index number that a college's or career school's financial aid office uses to determine how much federal student aid the student would receive if the student attended the school.


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The Understanding Your Financial Aid Offer PowerPoint will guide you through the ins and outs of understanding your aid offer after completing the FAFSA.

 

FAFSA Learning Modules


Resources






The new FAFSA filing date is October 1. Learn more at Start With FAFSA dot org.