Your Path to Student Financial Aid Starts with the FAFSA

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 6:00 am

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You or your student may be eligible for student financial aid.

To find out, you will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form beginning in your senior year of high school and throughout your college years.

When you submit your FAFSA form, you find out if you are eligible for:

  • Grants, which are financial aid that you don’t have to be repay
  • Work-study, which is a work program where you earn money to help pay for school
  • Loans, which are borrowed money for your education that you must repay with interest

You can’t get financial aid if you don’t apply!

During the 2018–19 school year, 46.6 percent of high school seniors and college-bound students did not fill out their FAFSA.

Data in this chart has been compiled from U.S. Department of Education ( and other sources.

Filling out and submitting the FAFSA each year is free at

You will never be charged for filling out or submitting your FAFSA. If you are asked to pay a fee, you may be the target of a scam. You can find free sources of information at the above web address and at our libraries.

Get one-on-one help with filling out your FAFSA form with our Book a Librarian service.

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