Congratulations on taking steps to continue your education after high school.
Now make sure you that you don’t leave money on the table to pay for it.
The first step is completing your financial aid
How can I pay for college?
- Learn about the different types of financial aid, ranging from grants to loans.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.
- Explore scholarships at College Greenlight. Many scholarships require that you complete the FAFSA to qualify.
What is the FAFSA?
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA determines the amount of financial assistance the government and colleges can offer you to help pay for educational programs after high school.
- It is free to complete and should only be completed at fafsa.ed.gov, on the myStudentAid app, or through the official paper application.
- The FAFSA can be completed as early as October 1,
2018for financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year.
- Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible to maximize aid. Many colleges have a priority deadline of March 1 for FAFSA completion. Check this list of Alabama colleges and universities’ FAFSA and merit-based scholarship priority deadlines!
I need help completing the FAFSA!
- Ask your school’s counselor or career coach.
- Reach out to your college’s financial aid office.
- Find a workshop happening in your area.
- Contact Alabama Possible at 205-939-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contact Federal Student Aid via chat or call 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
I submitted my FAFSA. Now what?
- Make sure your FAFSA was 100 percent complete.
- Review your Student Aid Report and make necessary corrections.
- Check to see if you were selected for verification. If you were selected for verification, it does not mean you did anything wrong. It just means that your college’s financial aid office must confirm some of the information on your financial aid form. You will probably need to submit additional documents to verify what’s on your FAFSA.