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QualityStudents.com Complete Guide to FASFA

Quality Students Official Guide to FASFA

FAFSA is simply your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The process is divided in 3 easy steps for you on the official website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

  1. Before beginning a FAFSA
    • The first step of the process will list all the documents you’ll need while filling out your FAFSA. Here they are:
      • Social Security Number (SSN)
      • Driver’s License
      • 2009 W-2, 2009 federal income tax returns (or your parents’ if you are a dependant)
      • 2009 untaxed income (if any)
      • Current bank statements, mortgage & investment records (if any)
      • Alien registration or green card (if not a US citizen)
    • Also, you will need to apply for a PIN, which is very easy and fast, just go to www.pin.ed.gov . Your PIN will serve as an electronic signature at the end of the application and you can also use it to access your personal records.
    • Read the "help and hints" on the right hand side of each page.
    • Save your information often using the "save" button at the bottom of the page.
       
  2. Filling out your FAFSA
    • The second step is the completion of the FAFSA. Armed with your PIN and all the documents you assembled in step 1 it will be a breeze!! 20 minutes tops!
    • The application will ask you for school codes so that your award information is sent to specific schools you are considering.
       
  3. FAFSA follow-up
    • The third step is to check the status of your application, make corrections, add/delete schools and finally to view or print your Student Aid Report (SAR).
    • Your SAR will be emailed to you 3-5 days after you submit your FAFSA (if the email you provided is not valid, it will be mailed to you instead). It will ask you for additional information if necessary or it will provide your EFC (Estimated Family Contribution). Your EFC is not the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.

If you need assistance during the application contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at:
1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)

 

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