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Five Facts About the FAFSA
Consider these facts before you complete the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is central to determining financial aid for students, but many people are unaware of some key things about it, including these five facts:
- FAFSA information is used to determine eligibility for most federal, state, and institutional aid. The sooner you complete the application, the more likely you'll receive aid of some kind.
- Completing the FAFSA is FREE. Do not fall for scams that promise more aid by completing the FAFSA for you for a fee.
- The electronic FAFSA (FAFSA on the Web) cuts processing time. You could receive word back on your application within days, if not sooner.
- You'll have to complete the FAFSA for every year you need aid.
- The most common mistake in completing the FAFSA is leaving a field blank. If a zero is the answer, write in the number. Incomplete information can hold up the processing of your application.