Financial Aid

One of the best methods for obtaining any type of aid for college is through the Federal Student Aid. Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. We consistently champion the promise of postsecondary education to all Americans —and its value to our society.

FAFSA = FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID www.fafsa.ed.gov – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • Mandatory application for federal and state aid
  • No cost to apply (includes submitting information to six schools of your choice)
  • For public and private schools
  • Filing period: January 1-March 2

Step 1: Request a PIN

https://www.ed.gov/

If you plan to submit your FAFSA online, you (and one of your parents) can request a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education. With a PIN you can apply and “sign” the FAFSA online, check the status of your submitted FAFSA, and make corrections.

Step 2: Use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet

www.fafsa.ed.gov

This tool will help you gather the information needed on the official FAFSA.

Step 3: Financial Aid Deadlines

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm

College and state deadlines tend to be earlier than the federal deadline (many are as early as February or March) and may require an application in addition to the FAFSA. Play it safe—collect these dates and information early.

Step 4: Access FAFSA on the Web

Complete your FAFSA on the Internet. Apply as soon as you can (after January 1) because funding can be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click on the links below for other information on financial aid:

www.fastweb.com/ – Comprehensive Personalized Scholarship Database

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/ – Gateway to Student Aid

http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/ - Florida Bright Futures Homepage

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/financial-aid-101/financial-aid-faqs

https://www.thrivent.com/offers/college-planning/