Who is the Guide For?

This guide was designed to be a friendly, accessible guide for high school students who are applying to college and beginning their all-important quest for financial aid.

We hope that it will be helpful to students, families and the many caring adults in schools and communities who help families navigate the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Filling out the FAFSA form is the first step for nearly all students seeking financial support to go to college. Understanding the form and handling it confidently is crucial for college matriculation and success.