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The FAFSA is Here!

 

 

The 2020-21 FAFSA is here! Here are a few tips you can share with your students.

 

This year students can access the FAFSA by visiting FAFSA.gov or  by using the myStudentAid mobile app. The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible after Oct. 1 to ensure priority consideration for some types of financial aid. It’s best to gather all necessary materials before starting the FAFSA. Since the 2020-21 FAFSA allows applicants to use 2018 tax information, families can use their 2018 return to complete the application right away! There's no need to wait.

 

To complete and submit the FAFSA online, students and one of their parents/guardians will each need to create an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) at FSAID.ed.gov. This username/password serves as an electronic signature on the FAFSA and certain student loan applications, and allows them to access other federal student aid websites. It’s beneficial for families to create their FSA IDs before starting the FAFSA to speed up the application process. Visit UCanGo2.org to download an FSA ID Worksheet (in English and Spanish) to keep track of your information.

 

For more information and FAFSA resources, including educational tools and tutorial videos in English and Spanish, visit StartWithFAFSA.org.

 

 

 

 

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It’s time to complete the 2020-2019 FAFSA

 

  • Gathering the Documents Needed to Apply

The FAFSA questions ask for information about you (your name, date of birth, address, etc.)
and about your financial situation. Depending on your circumstances (for instance, whether
you’re a U.S. citizen or what tax form you used), you might need the following information or
documents as you fill out the application:
 Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA form!)
 Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
 Your driver’s license number if you have one
 Your Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
 Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information, for you (and your spouse, if you are
married), and for your parents if you are a dependent student:
 IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ
 Foreign tax return
 Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States
of Micronesia, or Palau
 Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation
benefits, for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
 Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and
real estate (but not including the home in which you live); and business and farm assets for you, and for your
parents if you are a dependent student
Keep these records! You may need them again. Do not mail your records to us.

  • You will need your FSA ID before you fill out the FAFSA

How do I get an FSA ID?

You can create an FSA ID when logging into certain ED websites, including this one. Create an FSA ID now.

The FSA ID process consists of these main steps:

  1. Enter your log-in information.
    1. Provide a unique username and a password.
  2. Enter your personal and profile information.
    1. Provide your name, date of birth, and Social Security number (SSN).
  3. Enter your contact information.
    1. Provide your email address and/or mobile phone number. Select the box if you would like to register your mobile phone to receive one-time secure codes if you forget your username or password. (You will be required to either provide your email address or to provide your mobile phone number and opt-in to messaging before you can proceed.)
    2. Enter your mailing address.
    3. Select your language preference.
  4. For security purposes, complete the challenge questions and answers.
  5. Confirm and verify your information.
    1. Agree to the terms and conditions.
    2. Verify your email address and/or mobile phone number. This verification allows you to retrieve your username or reset your password without answering your challenge questions. Also, you can use your mobile phone number or your email address as your username when logging in to ED online systems. We’ll also be able to notify you by email of changes to your account.

 


 

Of students in the class of 2019, a staggering 69% graduated with an average student debt of $29,800. For many prospective college students, the financial burden remains a barrier to entry for higher education. 
 
Our goal at AffordableColleges.com is to help everyone approach the costs of education in a way that best works for them. We wanted to connect with you to ensure students in Jay have access to the guides we have created on managing the financial cost of higher education. Included is information on the FAFSA, financial aid resources, and specialized information for students paying for college on their own. Take a look below:

Financial Aid: What Students Need to Know

Paying for College on Your Own
https://www.affordablecolleges.com/resources/paying-for-college-without-parents/
 
Financial Aid: Your Must-See Guide
https://www.affordablecolleges.com/resources/financial-aid-guide/
 
FAFSA for the College Student
https://www.affordablecolleges.com/resources/fafsa/