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Students and parents often try to find the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by searching for “FASFA.” It is a common typo. (Thousands of college and university web pages make the same mistake.) However, the correct term is FAFSA for people who are seeking information about financial aid to help pay for college. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The FAFSA is one of the most important forms a student will file during his or her college career. The FAFSA is a gateway to money from the federal government, state governments and most colleges and universities. As the name suggests, the FAFSA is a free form. Use the correct term to get to the correct web site, www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Use the wrong term, and you might end up at web sites for the Frozen at Sea Fillets Association or the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, neither of which will help you pay for school (although the frozen fishermen organization has a “Win Your Weight in Fish” competition and the Australian organization does offer a scholarship for people interested in the pension profession).

More information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Here are tips and tools for completing the FAFSA and applying for financial aid:

  1. File the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  2. Learn how to get an Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to sign the FAFSA electronically
  3. The book, Filing the FAFSA, is available for free in PDF format from Edvisors.com

After filing the FAFSA, consider searching for scholarships and other gift (grant) aid. Visit the ScholarshipPoints web site to earn points that can be used to enter scholarship drawings. Federal education loans and private student loans can be used to finance the gap between college costs and gift aid.

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