The Class of 2021 can apply for Federal Financial Aid on October 1, 2020. Students should apply as soon as possible but also check with the schools they are applying to so they are sure to meet the school's deadline.
Each student and parent will need a FSA ID which can be obtained prior to October 1st. You can view the how to video. You can also start to gather the information that will be needed so you are ready to input the information.
Beginning October 1st, students can log in and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), www.fafsa.gov. This determines your eligiblity for federal grants, work-study, and loan programs. The FAFSA is often used to determine state and institutional aid as well.
Once this is done, students should hear back from the US Department of Education in a couple of days. You will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report). Any necessary changes can be made on the FAFSA website.
You may be asked by one or more colleges to verify information submitted on the FAFSA. Simply complete the paperwork and send it back to the school(s) as soon as possible.
You will receive Award Letters from each college that received your FAFSA information and you have been admitted to. The letter will address the financial aid package you could receive by that school. The financial aid package may include grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities and loans to the student and to the parent(s).
There are many scholarship search sites out there if you are interested in looking for more scholarships. Remember, you should not pay any money for a search.
Check out the Resources listed on the right side of this page for how-to videos and more.
FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- FAFSA Rap
- FAFSA Overview video
- FAFSA Presentation Mr. Cravens
- Creating an FSA ID Video
- Checklist - preparing for the FAFSA. Also tips on dependency and parent questions.
- FAFSA Worksheet 20-21. Get all your needed information on this worksheet before going oinline
- FAFSA Demonstration Videos. Several videos on each section of the FAFSA.
- Ask Benji chat help. Live experts can answer your text questions as you go along.
- Avoid Mistakes. Here's how to avoid common mistakes.
- Complete FAFSA User Guide
- Other resources from AZ DOE
Financial Aid Resources
- Selective Service. Required for males 18+ to receive Federal Student Aid.