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How to Fill Out a FAFSA Application

Watch more How to Get Scholarships & Financial Aid videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to fill out a FAFSA Application with this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Apply for a PIN Apply for a PIN by visiting Your PIN is a number that allows you to apply for aid online and to access all of your student financial aid records online. Tip Keep your PIN in a safe place and do not share it with anyone. Allowing others access to your PIN may allow them access confidential information about you. Step 2: Determine status Determine your dependency status by filling out the Dependency Status Worksheet found online at This will help you determine whether you need to provide information about your parents' income. Step 3: Gather documents Gather your Social Security number, driver's license, W-2 forms, federal income tax return, your parents' federal income tax return if applicable, untaxed income records, and bank statements. Step 4: Find school codes Find the federal school code for the colleges and universities you are applying to at Step 5: Fill out the FAFSA Fill out the FAFSA online by going to and clicking on Fill Out Your FAFSA and then selecting the year you want aid for. Tip You can also fill out a paper copy of the FAFSA. Call 1-800-4-FED-AID to get the application. However, most financial aid administrators prefer you use the online method. Step 6: Follow instructions Follow the instructions as you go through the questions. If you need a break, you can save your form and log in again later to finish. Once you've answered all of the questions, electronically sign the form and submit it. Step 7: Wait for the SAR Wait for your student aid report, or SAR. This report will summarize your information and give you an expected family contribution amount. The SAR should be available within seven to 10 days. Once you've received it, contact your college's financial aid department and begin your road to educational success. Did You Know? In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education raised the maximum Pell Grant award from $4,731 to $5,350.
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