FAFSA=Free Application for Federal Student Aid  
(if you are being charged… you are not at the correct website!)


Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.    

Federal student aid includes:

  • Grants—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund)

  • Loans— borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest

  • Work-Study—a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school

Use FAFSA4caster to get an estimate of how much aid you might receive from the U.S. Department of Education.

Every student who will be attending college within the next year, should apply!

Many colleges have scholarships to help those who have financial challenges, but those can only be offered if the FAFSA application has been submitted first.

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