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FAFSA 101

The office of Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.  More than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds are awarded each year to students who fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Want in on the funds? FCHS has the who, what, when, where why and how questions covered to help you complete the 2018-19 FAFSA!

Who:  High school seniors attending a college, university, trade school or any institution of high learning for the 2018-19 academic school year need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

What: Using a parent or legal guardian’s income, the FAFSA determines how much federal aid a student can receive in order to pay for college. The parent or guardian’s 2016 tax information will be needed to complete this application.

When: The application opened October  1, 2017. The recommended Louisiana state deadline to complete the FAFSA is July 1, 2018. However, it is important to fill out this application as soon as possible because funds are limited.

Where: Fill out the 2018-19 FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. If you are typing in the address manually please pay close attention to the spelling and .gov. If typed incorrectly, you may be led to another site. *Note: There is never a charge or associated cost to fill out the FAFSA, read all instructions carefully to ensure you are on the right site.

Why:  The office of Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.  More than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds is awarded each year. Grants and work-study funds do not have to be paid back upon graduation, so you can look at it as free money. Remember you must fill out a new FAFSA every new school year in order to continue to receive funds.

How: Starting October 1, 2017, you can fill out the FAFSA online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. You do not have to fill out the entire application in one sitting, but it is important that you complete it as soon as possible. For more information about the FASFA, check out the Office of Federal Student Aid website.

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