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College Financial Aid Begins with the 2021-2022 FAFSA – Starting Today

College Financial Aid Begins with the 2021-2022 FAFSA – Starting Today
Susan Dutca-Lovell

The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened today, October 1, for students who plan on attending college in 2021-2022 and receiving federal government, state, and school-based college financial aid, including grants and scholarships. Filing and submitting the FAFSA is one of the most crucial steps in the college application process and it is best you file as early as possible, as some types of federal financial aid are first-come, first-served. Especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to claim your share of $150 billion in federal student aid.

Need help with filing your FAFSA? Check out's Top FAFSA Resources below, as we guide you through the FAFSA application:

The FAFSA – Welcome to FAFSA 101. Learn the basics about the FAFSA, including filing options, FAFSA First Steps, and get FAFSA Help Tools.

FAFSA on the Web – The "What, Where, When, and How" guide to the FAFSA, including eligibility requirements, FAFSA IDs, and FAFSA deadlines – all in one place!

FAFSA and Other Financial Aid Acronyms – Do you know the commonly-used acronyms on the FAFSA, such as COA or FSEOG? No worries, we have a list of them for you.

FAFSA: Dependent or Independent Student – Do you know your dependency status for filing the FAFSA? If not, we're here to help you determine what it is.

FAFSA FAQs – Odds are, you have some questions about the FAFSA. Fortunately, we've got the answers.

Mistakes When Completing the FAFSA – Mistakes happen, we get it. is here to keep you from making mistakes on this important application, saving you time and a headache.

Tips for Completing the FASFA – We've got the recipe for completing the FAFSA as smoothly and quickly as possible – check it out!

FAFSA-Based Funding – From grants to scholarships and loans, here are the college funding opportunities available through the FAFSA.

Once you've explored all of these Top FAFSA Resources and gained a better understanding of the process, it's time for you to APPLY HERE! Between the various types of federal financial aid, or a combination of them, you can drastically reduce the cost of attending college.

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