Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Completing the FAFSA is the 1st step towards college financial aid!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually (starting on October 1st) by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.

If you don’t fill out the FAFSA, you could be missing out on a lot of financial aid! It is extremely important that you have a completed FAFSA on file so that you remain eligible for all types of college financial aid. Click here to read about common FAFSA myths.

Completing the FAFSA is the only way to become eligible for Federal Pell Grants and the Oregon Opportunity Grant. The 2018-2019 maximum Federal Pell Grant is $6,095. The maximum Oregon Opportunity Grant is $2,600 for community colleges and $3,200 for four-year colleges. Grants are money for college that you do NOT have to pay back. These grants are based on your expected family contribution (EFC), which is determined when you complete the FAFSA.

You must complete the FAFSA to help your college determine if you are eligible for Work-Study Jobs at your college. Learn more about Work-Study Jobs here.

Completing the FAFSA is also the only way to qualify for Federal Student Loans. This is OPTIONAL--you do not have to take out a student loan if you complete the FAFSA. Federal student loans typically have a lower interest rate than private loans, do not accrue interest during college (if they are subsidized loans), and are eligible for several repayment plans based on your income once you graduate and begin working. Learn more about student loans here.

Federal Student Aid - The FAFSA Process

Click here for detailed information from Federal Student Aid about the FAFSA process.

To complete the FAFSA you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your 2017 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically (both the student and a parent need their own FSA IDs - if a parent has an FSA ID they used for themselves or with another child, they would use the same FSA ID they previously used)
Step 1: Create FSA IDs

Both the student and one parent/guardian need their own FSA IDs -- this is your electronic signature.

Step 2: Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA

Complete the 2019-20 FAFSA--the year when you will be attending college. Students will complete the student portion in Senior Seminar then parents may complete the parent portion later.

Step 3: Next steps for after you submit your FAFSA

Review this information to make sure your FAFSA is complete.

Subscribe to the Federal Student Aid YouTube Channel

There are several short videos on this channel that will help walk you through the financial aid process. Including help with the FAFSA and understanding student loans.

Not a US Citizen??

If you do not have a Social Security Number or an Alien Registration Number, you are not able to complete the FAFSA.

However, you CAN fill out the ORSAA (Oregon Student Aid Application). The ORSAA is an alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented Oregon students, including students who have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. Click here to complete the ORSAA.

ORSAA Tip Sheets

Understanding the ORSAA; Quick Tips to Complete the ORSAA; & I Filed the ORSAA, Now What