Counseling/CCC: Financial Aid


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Section 12: FAFSA

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FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Always make sure you are on the government (.gov) website. This is a free application. Do not be confused with similar websites charging you a fee to fill out the application.

money arrow graphicFAFSA4caster: Help getting started
All data from FAFSA4caster will transfer to your FAFSA on the Web once you are ready to apply for aid.

PIN Registration
We strongly recommend you apply for your PIN (Personal Identification Number) in advance of January 1, when the FAFSA becomes available online and the demand increases. Students must have a PIN and parents must have a separate PIN.

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Before you start...Checklist for filling out the FAFSA

What will I need to fill out the FAFSA?

    To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. (If you do not already have one, visit to obtain one.)
If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

Expected Family Contribution Calculators:
These helpful websites help you calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and financial need, and to estimate your student financial aid.