Applying for Financial Aid
As with many tasks in life, organization is the key to successfully completing your application for federal student aid. Gathering the necessary documents and working in a deliberate, step-by-step manner will ease your mind and enhance your efforts. What may seem like a long and cumbersome process at first glance is actually very straightforward and manageable. First, you must get a Federal Student Aid personal identification number that lets
you electronically “sign” your FAFSA, make corrections online and more. You can apply for a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov .
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You’ll also need to begin collecting application documents, which include income tax returns and W-2 forms. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov for a complete list of documents needed. After submitting your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of the information from your FAFSA. Review this
document, make any necessary revisions and submit your SAR for reprocessing. This document will contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is a number the government uses to determine your federal student aid eligibility.
In a nutshell, that’s it. For detailed information including student loan comparison charts, eligibility requirements and tax implications, download “Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid,” a helpful resource created by the U.S. Department of Education.
Take the Next Step and Complete the FAFSA
Now that you are more familiar with the financial aid process, your next step is to complete the FAFSA, which we have provided on the following pages for your convenience. You can print this document to read and review before you enter the information online, or you can visit the FAFSA website to complete your application immediately.
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