The Ultimate Guide to the FAFSA

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There are many sources of free help available for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). In addition to these resources, see also the list of FAFSA Videos.

Federal Student Aid Information Center

The Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) provides answers to questions about federal student aid and completing the FAFSA. To reach the FSAIC, call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). This is a toll-free hotline sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. People living overseas or in other areas without access to toll-free numbers can call 1-319-337-5665. Hearing impaired individuals can call 1-800-730-8913.

Millions of people call 1-800-4-FED-AID each year. The most common questions asked are about getting help with completing the FAFSA, fixing PIN issues and checking the status of a student’s FAFSA.

FAFSA on the Web Help Section

There is also a help section on FAFSA on the Web with answers to common questions. Click on the question mark icon to access the FAFSA Help section of the site.

Filing the FAFSA Book

Edvisors publishes a book, Filing the FAFSA. This book provides a step-by-step guide to completing the FAFSA, with extensive tips and advice about avoiding common errors, maximizing the amount of aid eligibility and dealing with special circumstances.

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FAFSA Events by State

College financial aid administrators volunteer to help families with the FAFSA on evenings and weekends each year. More information is available at www.formyourfuture.org.

There are helpful programs in the following states:

Free help is also available from local college financial aid offices and high school guidance counselors.