Federal Financial Aid

Financial Aid is what makes a college education possible for most students and this section covers all you need to know. 99% of college-student funding comes from federal and state aid, so it is vitally important that you know and understand what it is and how it can work for you. Getting Started With Getting Aid

The starting place for all federal aid is the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Anyone who wants to apply for a student grant or loan from either a school or from the federal government must fill out this application and submit it to the federal government. You can usually get a FAFSA from a high school guidance counselor or the college you are planning to attend. But odds are they are going to first tell you to go to the same website that I am (www.fafsa.ed.gov). You can fill out the entire application via this website. If it is at all possible, I suggest you take advantage of this method of submission for three reasons:

FAFSA applications submitted on the Web are dealt with faster than paper counterparts. FAFSA on the Web only asks the questions you need to answer, so you end up answering fewer questions. FAFSA on the Web checks your answers before your application is submitted, so your application is less likely to be rejected because of missing or conflicting information.