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How do I complete the Financial Aid Application (FAFSA)?
Before you begin:
- If you don't already have a US Department of Education PIN (Personal Identification Number), apply for one now at www.pin.ed.gov. If you're a dependent student, your parents should also apply for a PIN now so that they can electronically sign your FAFSA.
Filling out a FAFSA
- When you're ready to begin, select "Filling Out a FAFSA" and follow the on-screen instructions. You can use your PIN to sign electronically before you start.
- If you have questins or need help in completing the FAFSA, free help is available when you click the "Live Help" link on any FAFSA screen to send and receive real-time answers to questions by email or call 1-800-4-FED-AID.
When you're completing the application:
- Sign the FAFSA using your PIN; or
- Print, sign and mail in a paper signature page; and If you are a dependent student, have your parent sign with a PIN or on the signature page.
- Submit your application using the "Submit My FAFSA Now" button.
- You will see a confirmation page with a confirmation number and your estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your school will use the EFC to calculate the type and amount of student aid you're eligible to receive. Be sure to print the confirmation page for your records.
- You'll receive an email with a link to your online Student Aid Report (SAR) within 5 days if you entered your email on your FAFSA application. Otherwise you'll receive a paper SAR in the mail in about 2 weeks. Contact www.fafsa.gov and select "Check the Status of a Submitted FAFSA" if you did not receive a SAR within that timeframe.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Check your SAR carefully to make sure your responses are correct. If you applied early and estimated your income and taxed, go back and compare your SAR answers with your W-2 forms and IRS tax returns. Correct any answers that are wrong.
- You can check, correct and print your processed information at any time on the FAFSA Website, using your PIN.