FAFSA Toolkit for Students & Families | What is the FAFSA?
FAFSA is an acronym that stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Colleges and universities use this form to determine your eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.
Why should I complete the FAFSA? When you fill out the FAFSA form, you’re automatically applying for funds from your state, and possibly from your school, in addition to federal student aid. In fact, some schools won’t even consider you for any of their scholarships (including academic scholarships) until you’ve submitted a FAFSA form. Don’t make assumptions about what you’ll get — fill out the application and find out!
After the FAFSA Verification & Financial Aid
Undocumented Students and DACA Students
This resource provides questions and answers about student financial aid for undocumented students as well as guidance for a specific group of undocumented students who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Optional Handout to Help Stay Organized
AZ FAFSA website
Ask Benji FAFSA Chatbot
Statewide FAFSA Application Assistance
FAFSA Application - website
Tempe College Connect - Paying for College - website
Arizona Community Foundation - website
SallieMae - website
College Goal AZ - website
- The 2022-2023 FAFSA opens on October 1st, 2021.
- Current seniors graduating in 2022 will need to complete the 2022 - 2023 FAFSA at FAFSA.GOV - website.
- 2020 Tax information will be used on the 2022-2023 FAFSA.
- Students can select up to 10 colleges at a time to list on the FAFSA.
- If a students' parents do not have a Social Security Number, they can use all 0's, and they will need to print and sign the FAFSA signature page.
Documents Needed to Complete the FAFSA:
1.) Your Social Security Number
2.) Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
3.) Your 2020 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned
4.) Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
5.) Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
If your parents don’t have a Social Security Number they can use all 0’s and they will need to print and sign the FAFSA signature page.