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FAFSA Basics

The most important step in financing your education is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can apply online at or call 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243). Only by completing FAFSA can you apply for loans, scholarships, grants issued through the federal government.

  • FAFSA application. Use this online application for most types of federal student aid. Complete FAFSA before March 1 to be considered for the maximum amount. Late completion can cause delays in processing and may limit the financial aid received.

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Information Needed

When you fill out the FAFSA application, you will need the following information:

  • Previous Federal Income Tax Returns and other tax information, including W-2 statements for the:
    • Student
    • Student’s spouse (if married)
  • Student’s Social Security Number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Current financial information for the student for:
    • Savings
    • Investments
    • Business and farm assets