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FAFSA

By Barbara Porteous


The FAFSA is the the acronym for "Free Application for Federal Student Aid".  It is the gateway financial aid document for Federal and State grants.  Schools also use the information from the FAFSA for institution specific scholarships.  Lastly, some but not all outside organizations need to know this information in providing awards which had a "need basis" requirement.  So how do I file my FAFSA?  Follow the steps below - and
Step 1:  Get your FSA ID

This is your 'electronic signature' you will use when you file your student's FAFSA - they have an FSA ID as well.

Step 2:  Complete the FAFSA for the 2019-2020 school year

Each family completes 1 FAFSA.  There is a section for parent information, student information, school information etc. 

Step 3:  Submit the Fafsa

When all sections are complete, sign and submit your FAFSA.  You 'sign' your FAFSA with your FSA ID, its an electronic signature.  You should receive an email with a link so you can see your Student Aid Report (SAR).

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