How to get College Financial Aid


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is one of the primary sources of financial aid for students and their families. It can be confusing, so it’s important to learn how to properly apply for and submit your FAFSA form.

“When trying to apply I first went to my parents for help as they need to create accounts themselves,” said Senior Evan Wright.

The FAFSA is how you access financial aid from both the federal and state governments as well as some colleges and universities. Financial aid may come in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, and federal student loans.

“Firstly, my parents while creating your accounts you will have to give your parents codes that will be sent to your phone/email,” said Wright.

When applying for the FAFSA there will be some crucial information that you will need before you apply, this includes, your social security number, family size and household income, personal income (if any), the list of colleges you are applying to.

“It is important that you submit your FAFSA early enough because in Indiana the money that they hold for student financial aid is given out before the deadline is over,” said Wright.

Some federal financial aid is awarded on a first come, first-served basis so it’s a good idea to file as early as possible.

“I would highly recommend everyone to apply for the FAFSA as soon as possible,” said Mr. Joris.

Once you have filled in the student information along with the parent info, you need to enter your household’s financial information, including your income and that of your parents. Before submitting, make sure you review your FAFSA application for any errors or mistakes. Double check the list of schools you entered, and your financial information.

“The FAFSA was something I prioritized last weekend; however, it is not too late for you to get it done this weekend as well,” said Wright.

Link to apply for FAFSA