The simple answer is: Fill out the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, if you are interested in getting help to pay for college.
For far too long, students entering college have been asked to choose between two unappealing options: pay sky-high tuition bills upfront or accumulate enormous amounts of student loan debt from the moment they graduate and enter the work force.
The U.S. Department of Education provides around $100 billion a year or so in government student aid for college, and now StudentAdvisor.com’s Free FAFSA Guide aims at helping you get your fair share of it. Two-thirds of students receive at least some financial aid today, so it’s important to know where to look.
Whether you are going it alone without the help of your parents, a single mom looking to return to school, or the parent of a college sophomore who will need federal assistance to pay for school again next year, we have the facts, tips, and advice you need to get through the somewhat overwhelming process of filling out the FAFSA.
The FAFSA is your first and most important step to getting the money you need to help you pay for college.
The FAFSA guide, a 26-page digital magazine, offers facts, tips, and advice on how to get through the somewhat overwhelming process of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Among the articles:
- the step-by-step process to completing the FAFSA form
- an explanation on how financial aid is calculated
- 10 common FAFSA mistakes and how to avoid making them
Each year, the U.S. Department of Education provides over $100 billion in new education grants, student loans, and work-study stipends to more than 14 million college and career school students. Filing a FAFSA gives you access to a number of these need-based grants and subsidized student loans.