FAFSA Publications and Resources
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used by the Department of Education to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid. To learn more about the FAFSA, visit our information-based website, StartWithFAFSA.org.
Finish the FAFSA in Five Steps breaks the FAFSA process into five simple steps and includes information about the materials needed to complete the form, tools available through online submission and more. It also provides information about additional financial aid resources and includes FAFSA Facts, which offers students and parents must-know facts about the FAFSA including useful terms, when to apply and how to get the most assistance throughout the process.
The Dependency Questionnaire lists the questions used to determine your dependency status on the FAFSA. If you answer "Yes" to any one of these questions, you'll be considered an independent student and will not need to include your parents' information on the FAFSA.
The FSA ID Worsheet, also available in Spanish, will guide you through the FSA ID creation process. Federal Student Aid IDs are required for students to electronically sign the FAFSA, and one parent of a dependent student will also need to create an FSA ID. Keep this document in a safe place.