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Two Ways to Complete the FAFSA: Online and On Paper

Learn details about the online and paper FAFSA

You can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online or by paper. Here are a few details about either type.

The FAFSA on the Web

The majority of students use the Department of Education's FAFSA on the Web to apply for federal aid. The site offers a more efficient way to submit data. Here are a just a few of its benefits.

  • No software to download or install

  • Built-in edits that help applicants detect and correct errors that reduce the number of applications rejected by the Department.

  • Guides students through the application, avoiding questions that may not apply

  • Easy to correct and update with information

  • Offers an electronic way to sign the application

Spanish-language FAFSA on the Web

The online Spanish-language FAFSA has the same great features as the English-version. Complete the FAFSA on the Web in Spanish.


If you prefer to complete a paper version of the FAFSA, you can access and print the application online. You can also request that a paper version be mailed to you by contacting the Department at (800) 443-3243. But it may be quickest to request a FAFSA from your high school counselor or a local college or university.

What to do

Depending on your preference, do one of the following to complete the FAFSA.

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