1. Apply for a PIN number at the Federal Student Aid website. Your PIN number allows you to electronically sign your FAFSA making it unnecessary to send in paperwork. The student and his/her parents (1 PIN works for the couple) need a PIN.
  2. Complete the FAFSA online here. Remember that the FAFSA has two parts – questions that apply to the student and questions that apply to the student’s parents. Make sure to include the colleges on your FAFSA that you want your financial information sent to. If the student has applied to 3 colleges, indicate on the FAFSA that you want the results sent to all 3 of those colleges. For additional information, please visit our Financial Aid Resource Links page.
  3. Your FAFSA will be processed and you will be sent a Student Aid Report (SAR). This report summarizes all of the information provided on your FAFSA. The key result from this report is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which appears in the upper corner. Carefully review your report. If corrections need to be made, go here and select “Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA.”
  4. The colleges you have been accepted to and who have received your financial information through the FAFSA process will send you a Financial Aid Award Letter this spring. The college takes the Cost of Attendance and subtracts the Expected Family Contribution resulting in your Financial Need. The award letter will list what the college offers you to help cover this need including: grants, work-study, and loans. They may also include certain scholarships given specifically by that college. Private scholarships are outside of this process.

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For further assistance or questions, please contact Counselor Meg Meadow.