Start the 2016-2017 FAFSA Tutorial: The FAFSA in 7 Easy Steps
Follow this step-by-step tutorial (with images) to learn how to fill out your FAFSA quickly and correctly to see if you're eligible for college financial aid.
General Eligibility Requirements for Federal Student Aid
Students must meet requirements to be eligible for federal student aid. Learn about these rules for receiving federal aid, such as grants and student loans.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
To remain eligible for financial aid, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP). Learn about these rules, such as maintaining a C average.
Student Citizenship Status on the FAFSA
To receive federal student financial aid and state grants, students must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. Find out how to meet these requirements.
Simplified Needs Test and Auto-Zero EFC
Find out more about the 2 simplified versions of the FAFSA: The Simplified Needs Test (disregards all asset information) and the Auto-Zero EFC (sets the EFC to zero).