What is the FAFSA?

“FAFSA” is an acronym for the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” In short, the FAFSA is the one application you submit in order to apply for money to pay for college (such as grants, work-study, and student loans – even some scholarships require that you complete your FAFSA).

You aren’t required to accept loans – or any financial aid for that matter. The FAFSA is just an application.

If you don’t submit your FAFSA, you cannot receive grants, work-study positions, federal student loans, and potentially some scholarships from your state or federal government.

Complete the FAFSA at FAFSA.gov (not any other website) and never pay to complete it. The first “F” in FAFSA stands for FREE.