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Your guide to the FAFSA
Find answers to all of the questions you have about applying for federal student aid.
What is the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form you need to fill out to receive financial aid from the federal government, including grants, work-study and student loans. Some schools also require you to complete it to be considered for institutional aid like scholarships and grants as well.
The Department of Education recommends you submit the FAFSA as soon as you can each year, since many schools offer aid on a first-come, first-served basis.
What do you want to learn about first?
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How can I get help filling out the FAFSA?
If you bump into questions while filling out the FAFSA, you can reach out to a Federal Student Aid (FSA) representative a few different ways:
- FSA helpline. Call 800-433-3243 to speak to a representative over the phone.
- Online live-chat feature. Chat with a representative on the FSA website.
- Email form. Submit an email form for general questions on the FSA website.
Representatives are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET and weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
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