The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is an application for federal student aid. You need to complete the FAFSA form to apply for federal student aid such as federal grants, work-study funds, and loans.

    Completing and submitting the FAFSA form is free and it gives you access to federal student aid—the largest source of aid— to help you pay for college or career/trade school.

    In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid. Some private aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid. 
    Prior to completing FAFSA, students and parent/guardian(s) need to create their own FSA ID accounts before starting the application.