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Everything you need to know about the FAFSA.
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Are you planning to attend college during the 2024-2025 school year? Click below for information on completing the FAFSA.
Do you have a child attending college during the 2024-2025 school year? Click below for information on your role (yes, you have one!) as a parent in completing the FAFSA.
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Learn about FAFSA
What is the FAFSA?
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get financial aid from the federal government, state aid programs, and institutions. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and student loans from the U.S. Department of Education.
The FAFSA form is available at FAFSA.gov through Federal Student Aid.
When should I complete the FAFSA?
For students attending college during the 2024-2025 school year, the FAFSA form will open by December 31, 2023. An exact date has not been set. To receive an email when it opens, please sign up below. You can prepare for completing the FAFSA now by creating your FSA ID, and having your parent complete one too. If you have completed the FAFSA before, you can use the same FSA ID you had previously.
Why should I complete the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is the first step in financial aid. It is used to determine your eligibility for federal grants and loans like the Pell grant, as well as the Access Missouri state grant. Colleges use it to determine eligibility for need-based financial aid, as do some scholarships and interest-free loan programs.
What should I do now?
Create your FSA ID if you don’t already have one. You and your parent(s) will need this to complete the FAFSA once it opens in December. Get a head start by creating it now. If you have previously completed the FAFSA, you can use the FSA ID you already have.
Create an FSA ID. The FSA ID is your account for the FAFSA. You can create one here. It takes a few days to process, so make sure to create one before you attempt to complete the FAFSA.
Complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA will open by December 31, 2023. The exact date has not been set. You can complete the FAFSA here
Missouri’s priority deadline for state aid. Students who complete their FAFSA by this deadline will have first priority for state aid. If your FAFSA is not complete by this date, don’t worry! You can submit by April 1 and still receive aid.
Missouri’s final deadline for state aid. Students who submit by this deadline will be eligible for aid including the Access Missouri program.
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