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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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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 is now open. 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. It takes a few days to verify your FSA ID, so start the process now. If you have previously completed the FAFSA, you can use the FSA ID you already have. Once you have your FSAID, you can start completing the FAFSA.
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 is now open 24/7 You can complete the FAFSA here.
Colleges and universities will have FAFSA deadlines throughout the spring. Check with your institution to see when their deadline is. If you are worried about completing the FAFSA in time, reach out to the financial aid office with any questions.
Missouri’s deadline for state aid. Students who submit by this deadline will be eligible for aid including the Access Missouri program.
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