FAFSA & Financial Aid
To apply for federal and state financial aid, you'll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the FAFSA. It's available on the Web (see link below) and on paper, in both English and Spanish. Many colleges also use the FAFSA to award their private dollars. The FAFSA asks for information about your finances and has a section where you list the colleges you're considering. Often independent colleges require additional forms, such as the College Board's CSS/PROFILE, or have their own supplemental forms. Be sure to check directly with each college's financial aid office. You're encouraged to file the FAFSA as soon as possible starting January 1 of your senior year in high school because most funds are limited. You may need to file a PROFILE or other applications sooner if your college has earlier deadlines for its programs.
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID - Complete and file the FAFSA on-line following the easy step-by-step instructions.
FAFSA PIN - Both the student and one parent/guardian will need to sign the FAFSA. Clink on this link and follow the easy steps to apply for a PIN which allows you to sign electronically.
If you are planning on attending a private university or college after high school graduation,
check to see if the school requires the CSS Profile. This is a financial aid form similar to the FAFSA.
You can learn more about the CSS Profile at www.css-profile.com. Your schools website will have information
regarding the CSS and if it is required, or you can check out http://www.collegeboard.com . This website has a list of
private schools and universities around the nation that require the CSS Profile.
HELP COMPLETING THE FAFSA - Get online help in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/completefafsa
FINAID! THE SMART STUDENT GUIDE TO FINANCIAL AID - Learn more about financial aid for college; includes calculators to estimate financial aid eligibility. http://www.finaid.org
EDWISE - An on-line financial planning guide. http://www.edwise.org
EDFUND - This is a comprehensive, government-sponsored site that has information on financial aid planning, student loans, college planning, career exploration and more. http://www.edfund.org
FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID - Stop here for details on the major federal aid programs. http://www.studentaid.ed.gov
FAFSA4CASTER - The FAFSA4CASTER is a financial aid estimator that you can use before officially
applying for financial aid. FAFSA4CASTER will provide you with an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC),
which is an index that colleges use to determine what types of student aid you may receive.
Your EFC will help determine what types of federal grants, loans, and work- study you may
qualify for and will provide you an estimated award amount for each. To find the FAFSA4CASTER,
click on the link below and then click on
"Apply for Federal Student Aid." www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov
Arizona Grants Website - This site gives details on grants available to Arizona students, including the Early Graduation Scholarship Grant (EGSG), the Postsecondary Education Grant (PEG), the Arizona Private Postsecondary Education Student Assistance Program (PFAP), the Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP), and the Arizona College Access Aid Program (ACAAP). Online applications are available on this site. If you have questions, phone the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education at 602.258.2435 or email them at ACPE@azhighered.gov. http://www.azgrants.gov/azgrants
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College Prep Checklist- How to get ready academically and financially for college. www.studentaid.ed.gov/collprep
Do You Need Money For College? Federal Student Aid at a Glance- Basic overview of aid and application process www.studentaid.ed.gov/needmoney
Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid- Understanding the financial aid process and maximizing resouceson our website www.studentaid.ed.gov/guide