College Financial Aid – FAFSA

College-bound students needing financial aid are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid or “FAFSA.”  FAFSA Frenzy events are planned beginning this month and continue through January of 2021.

Students should submit a FAFSA every year they plan to attend college. It is the primary form used to determine eligibility for most types of federal and state financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study, as well as financial assistance offered by colleges and universities. It is often the first step students must take to secure financial aid for college.

Financial aid professionals, high school counselors, and other volunteers provide free assistance and answer questions during FAFSA Frenzy events. This year, many events will be held virtually, or with extra measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The 2021-22 FAFSA became available Oct. 1, 2020. Missouri students attending a FAFSA Frenzy event can apply online for one of twenty $500 Journey to College Book Scholarships through Scholarship Central at https://stlouisgraduates.academicworks.com/opportunities/3656.

When attending an event, FAFSA Frenzy participants should bring:

  • 2019 W-2 forms
  • Copies of their 2019 tax forms
  • Social Security number
  • Student and parent FSA IDs (Students and parents should apply for separate FSA ID usernames and passwords at studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/ before attending a FAFSA Frenzy event.)

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