FAFSA

For immediate support, Call 1-800-4FED-AID or 1-800-433-3243

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students are required to complete the FAFSA to determine their eligibility for all federal and state aid programs. Students need to file the FAFSA each year they will be in college in order to be considered for aid. Filing the FAFSA is FREE.

Apply online at: fafsa.ed.gov.

Opens: October 1, and students should fill it out as soon after October 1 as possible so they will have time to make any changes or corrections in time to receive financial aid in a timely manner.

FSA ID

  • Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites, like the FAFSA. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. The FSA ID has replaced the FAFSA PIN.
  • You can create an FSA ID by going to www.fafsa.gov.

Tax Information

Most people can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to directly link the FAFSA to the IRS. We highly encourage students to use this tool because using IRS Data Retrieval Tool eliminates the need for submitting additional documentation to the college financial id offices during the verification process.

If you cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval tool we suggest ordering a Tax Transcript right away because the financial aid offices will likely request this during the verification process. You can obtain a copy of Tax Transcripts online at www.irs.gov or by using the 4506-T.

Resources For Completing the FAFSA

The Financial Aid Toolkit is on the FAFSA site and it provides federal student aid information and outreach tools designed specifically for mentors and counselors.

As a volunteer you can complete a FAFSA demo. This will help you become better prepared when you are assisting students.

    • User name: eddemo (case-sensitive)
    • Password: fafsatest (case-sensitive)

FAFSA Verification and Rejection One Pager

This one page document has useful information to help students to address issues with their FAFSA.

FAFSA Worksheets - English Version, Spanish Version

This is a useful tool, provided by ECMC, to help students and families prepare for completing the FAFSA.

Trainings from FAFSA

Attend free online trainings provided by FAFSA via the National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM).