• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    FAFSA can now be filled out as early as October 1, 2016.
     
    Be sure to apply by Michigan's deadline:  March 1, 2019
     
    There are 3 ways that a student can apply:
    1.  Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
    2.  Complete a PDF FAFSA (Note:  PDF FAFSAs must
         be mailed for processing).
    3.  Request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid
         Information Center at 1-800-433-3243 or 1-319-337-5665.
     
    The FAFSA application process is free.  Be sure to go to the
    website listed above in #1.
     
    Why should every college student complete the FAFSA?
    College financial aid offices use information from the FAFSA
    to determine if you are eligible for different types of federal
    student aid, such as grants, loans and work-study.  Also,
    some State of Michigan scholarships such as the Michigan
    Competitive Scholarship, Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) and
    Talent for Tomorrow Scholarship (TTS) require students to now
    complete their FAFSA by March 1. So be sure to fill out the 
    FAFSA even if you think you won't qualify for aid.
     
    Where should I start?
    The first step in completing the FAFSA process online is to apply
    for a Federal Student Aid ID.  The FSA ID has replaced the old PIN.  
    You, the student, will need to apply for a FSA ID 
    and your parent will need to apply for a FSA ID as well. 
    Do not share your FSA ID with anyone.  Once you have your 
    FSA ID, it will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically and
    later to access your processed FAFSA online.
     
    FAFSA Worksheet  Information-go to main menu.
     
    FAFSA4caster Information-go to main menu.
     
    Completing Your Application
    Enter all necessary information at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  If you need
    help, there are help links on each page of the online application.
     
    How will I know my FAFSA was successfully completed online?
    After you submit your application online, make sure you receive a
    confirmation number.  This number tells you your application has
    been successfully submitted.  Keep this confirmation number for your
    records.
     
    Following up on your FAFSA.
    Your application will be processed and you will receive an e-mail
    with a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR).  If you did not
    provide an e-mail address, you will receive your SAR by mail. 
    You should review your SAR for any necessary corrections or
    updates.  If you do not  hear from FAFSA within three weeks,
    go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and select, "Check status of a submitted
    FAFSA or Print Signature Page."