The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a necessary part of the student financial aid process. All students should fill out the FAFSA if post-secondary school is in their future. All federal loans and grants, as well as many scholarships, require the FAFSA to be submitted. Below you will find a few links which will help to explain the process. The application may be filled out beginning October 1 of each year. Deadlines vary for each school, so be sure to look up your schools’ requirements. A good rule of thumb is the earlier the better. When the FAFSA is completed, schools will be able to sent out award letters. Students who complete their FAFSA earlier have a better chance of getting grants and scholarships from individual schools.
Remember: The first “F” is for FREE! Do not pay to fill out your FAFSA!
Financial aid for residents through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is also available from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Below are some links which will explain the process to apply for state financial aid. After submitting your FAFSA application click on the link provided on the confirmation page to apply directly for state aid. Again, pay attention to all deadlines! The sooner you apply the more possible grants available!