To get the ball rolling, file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your FAFSA determines whether you qualify for financial aid1 from Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education and the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.
It only takes about 15-30 minutes to complete and file your FAFSA, and your assigned Financial Aid Representative will walk you through the entire process. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Your Social Security number
- Your driver’s license number
- A tax return for the previous year (or most recent pay stub) filed by your parents (or yourself if you’re not a dependent)
aren’t available or don’t cover all of your training costs, student loans can make up the difference.
Filing your FAFSA will get you started. If you qualify, we'll provide you with a financial aid offer and let you know how to accept any federal student loans that are included.
Before you take out a student loan, keep a few important things in mind:
- Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the loan.
- Student loans require repayment, so only borrow as much as you need. You don’t have to take out a loan for the full amount that you’re eligible for.
- Federal student loans usually offer lower interest rates and have more flexible repayment options than loans from banks or other private sources.
- The Federal Student Aid website is a great place to find and apply for federal loans, as well as scholarships and grants: www.studentaid.gov
1Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify. Specific conditions, criteria and awards vary by state.