Financial Aid


What is the FAFSA?
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is a federal government form used to calculate a student's financial need. The Department of Education (DOE) uses data provided on the FAFSA to calculate a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC). By subtracting the EFC from the cost of attendance, the college will determine the financial aid need. Students should complete the FAFSA even if they don't think they would qualify for financial aid. Loans like the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and PLUS Loan are not need-based, but they do require a FAFSA application.

Do I need to file one?
If your child is applying for financial aid he/she will need to file a FAFSA.

How do I start the process?
To complete your electronic FAFSA, both the parent and the student will need a PIN. To get a new PIN or request a duplicate go to www.pin.ed.gov before beginning the FAFSA process.

How do I file a FAFSA?
Go to the FAFSA website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

When do I file a FAFSA?
The FAFSA can be completed at any time beginning January 1st of each year for the following academic year. It is important to complete the FAFSA as early as possible to avoid missing deadlines.

What do I need to file a FAFSA?
You will need copies of your current year tax returns or W-2 forms and other documentation so that you can estimate.