Always be certain you are on the Official U.S. Department of Education Student Aid website, www.fafsa.gov or www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The first “F” in FAFSA stands for “free.” There is no cost to apply for Federal Student Aid, nor is there a charge to get help on the FAFSA if you use the resources provided at www.fafsa.gov. Many FAFSA services are available at .com sites for a fee. These sites will charge you to submit your FAFSA for you. www.fafsa.gov is a secure website; .com sites are looking to profit off of your uncertainty about the financial aid process, often promising to get you more money.
The first “A” in FAFSA is for Application. Completing the FAFSA is the only way to apply to receive Federal Student Aid for which you are eligible. Submitting a FAFSA allows the colleges you have applied to access to the information they need to offer you a Financial Aid package.
“FSA” stands for “Federal Student Aid”–but FAFSA results are also used to determine if you qualify for state and private aid, including grants and scholarships offered at your university. Refer to the Types of Aid page under the STUDENTS tab on the avideducation.org website for information on the types of aid you may be qualified for.
Get started on your FAFSA immediately! https://fafsa.ed.gov/ For an estimate ( juniors) complete the "FASFA4caster" which is part of your College readiness project. More details will follow in AVID 11.