In a country where 20.8 million people are seeking post-secondary education plus with continued rise in the cost of education, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may just be the best and surest way to get the money you need to help you pay for college.

FAFSA crosses that bridge for you. You will never know if you are eligible for aid, scholarship or a grant until you complete your FAFSA application.

It is a FREE application designed not only for the cash-strapped students but rather it is the application that opens the possibilities for all other types of student aid that exist.

How to file for a FAFSA?

There are three (3) ways to complete the form and it can be done via:

  1. FAFSA On The Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  2. A PDF FAFSA
    get the form and mail it for processing.
  3. A Paper FAFSA
    – call the Federal Student Aid Center at 1-800-433-3243 or 1-319-337-5665 to request one.

The easiest and most convenient way to complete a FAFSA application is by doing it online. Filing the FAFSA online can help reduce processing time by one to two weeks.

If you’re a single mother returning to college, submitting your FAFSA is the first step in getting aid for college. The FAFSA must be submitted by June 30, although it is highly recommended to submit your application as early as possible after January 1.

Keep in mind that student aid (both federal and state) are limited and awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. With more students vying for the aid, it pays to apply early way before the datelines.

Last updated: April 19, 2012 by & filed under FAFSA

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