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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.
Complete the FAFSA on the Web in English.
Complete the FAFSA on the Web in Spanish.
Request a paper FAFSA by calling (800) 443-3243 or, for the hearing impaired, (800) 730-8913.