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The most critical form for financial aid is the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Most forms of federal, state, and institutional aid (grants, work-study and student loans) are awarded based on
information provided in this document. Students must file a FAFSA every year they are in college (beginning in October of their senior year in high school) to be considered for aid. The FAFSA application window opens October..
The college-bound student and one parent must apply for a FAFSA PIN. The same PIN will be used by the student every year they apply for financial aid. Parents will use their PIN with every child that
applies for financial aid so it is important to keep this PIN on file with tax-related documents.
Federal Student Aid: Find the Information You Need Online
To obtain a PIN: www.pin.ed.gov
Basic FAFSA info: what is it and how do you fill it out: www.StudentAid.gov/fafsa or www.StudentAid.gov/complete
Fill out the FAFSA: http://www.fafsa.gov/
Dependency Status for FAFSA purposes: www.StudentAid.gov/fafsa/filling-out/dependency
How aid is calculated: www.StudentAid.gov/how-calculated
To calculate your EFC (Estimated Family Contribution): www.finaid.org/calculators or www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov
Types of Aid/Getting Aid
Types of financial aid: www.StudentAid.gov/types
Who can get federal student aid: www.StudentAid.gov/eligibility
Pell Lifetime Eligibility used: www.StudentAid.gov/pell-limit
Loan interest rates and fees: www.StudentAid.gov/interest
Avoiding financial scams: www.StudentAid.gov/scams
Info for parents (tax benefits, support your child, college costs): www.StudentAid.gov/parent
Loan repayment: www.StudentAid.gov/repay
Income-Based repayment: www.StudentAid.gov/ibr
Pay as You Earn: www.StudentAid.gov/PayAsYouEarnPublic
Service Loan Forgiveness: www.StudentAid.gov/publicservice