Completing the FAFSA®

When you complete the FAFSA, you are taking an important step to achieve your college and career goals. If you need money to help you pay for college (and who doesn't?), the FAFSA is necessary to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid as well as funding from state or local programs.

Complete the 2024-25 FAFSA

Students and parents can now complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2024-25 academic year. Recent changes to the federal financial aid system mean more students than ever may qualify for federal need-based aid, including the Pell Grant. To access financial aid, students and parents need to complete the FAFSA.

While there have been delays with this year’s FAFSA and the resulting financial aid offers, students should not let those delays deter them from pursing their college and career dreams and getting all the financial aid they’re eligible to receive. An important first step to completing the FAFSA is getting an FSA ID, which is a username and password for your account at

If you have any questions or need help completing the FAFSA or obtaining your FSA ID, contact Mapping Your Future at or 1-800-374-4072.

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The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It determines your eligibility for federal financial aid (federal grants and student loans), and it helps other organizations, such as state governments and private foundations, to determine your eligibility for their financial aid programs.

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Get Help Completing the FAFSA

Filling out the FAFSA can be a little overwhelming. But if you take the time to gather the information needed and then lean on the resources available to help, you will complete the application – and it will be easier than you think. Get support from the professionals who work with the FAFSA everyday. You won’t regret it.

For more questions about filling out the FAFSA, what it requires or the application process itself, please visit

FAFSA Support Resources

Your School Representative
Financial Aid Night Events
College Financial Aid Offices
Mapping Your Future


Use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to see how much federal student aid you may be eligible to receive by completing the FAFSA your senior year. With a glimpse into your federal aid eligibility, you can start thinking about your options for how to pay for college. (Most people complete the Federal Student Aid Estimator in 5-10 minutes.)

Related Resources

Financial Aid
Paying for College
Cost of College