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The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is a form that collects demographic and financial information to determine your financial need for college.
Students planning to attend college, university, or trade school during the 2024-2025 school year who seek financial aid to pay for their education should complete the FAFSA. This includes students applying to college for the first time as well as returning students.
The FAFSA is used to award federal aid like the Pell grant. In Missouri, completing the FAFSA is required to be considered for Access Missouri or A+ grants. Some colleges and private scholarships also require the FAFSA.
The FAFSA is a form of Federal Student Aid of the U.S. Department of Education. You can find the FAFSA at fafsa.gov. Beware of any website that offers to complete the FAFSA for you for a fee.
The FAFSA for the 2024-2025 school year will open by December 31, 2023. An exact date has not been set.
You will need:
– a FSA ID and password
– Social Security number
– 2022 federal tax information
– Current asset information (total of cash, savings, checking accounts; net worth of businesses and investments)
– Amount of annual child support received
– List of colleges you are applying to
– If dependent student (most students are): Parent’s date of birth, Social Security number or ITIN, marital status, date parent was married, divorced, or widowed, parent email address
– If applicable, spouse or partner’s Social Security number, date of birth, and email address
A FSA ID is the username and password you will use to log in and sign the FAFSA. You can sign up for an FSA ID at Federal Student Aid.
For more information about creating an FSA ID, check out these resources from The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis and uAspire.
A FAFSA contributor is a person whose information is needed to complete the FAFSA. The student attending college is the primary contributor. Additional contributors may include the student’s spouse, the student’s parents, and/or the student’s step-parent.
If you are a dependent student, your parent will need to create their own FSA ID and complete a section of your FAFSA. See the parent page of MoFAFSA.org for more information.
There are multiple deadlines to consider when completing a FAFSA.
To be considered for Missouri state grants, there are two deadlines. The priority deadline is February 1. Students who qualify for need-based aid and complete their FAFSA by February 1 will receive an Access Missouri award. The final deadline is April 1. Students who complete their FAFSA by this deadline will receive an award; the amount will depend on the number of students who complete the FAFSA.
Each institution has its own priority deadline. Consult the financial aid office at your college to find out about their deadlines.
The FAFSA form for 2024-25 will be open through June 30, 2025. Students will be considered for federal Pell grants and loans through this date.
Yes. Students who attend accredited trade schools are eligible for federal and state financial aid by submitting the FAFSA.
There are several resources available to help you complete the FAFSA
– Federal Student Aid Help Center (offers Frequently Asked Questions and a 24/7 chatbot)
– Federal Student Aid Information Center (connect with an FSA agent online or via phone at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243))
– When the FAFSA opens, MOCAN and its partners will host free FAFSA assistance workshops. These workshops will be highlighted on mofafsa.org when they are announced.