Home > Financial Aid > Federal Aid > FAFSA on the Web Provides Speedy Financial Aid Processing

FAFSA on the Web Provides Speedy Financial Aid Processing

The best way to apply for financial aid is to fill out your FAFSA online. It’s quick, easy, and the online system checks your application for errors and omissions. If you have general questions, the online help system will answer them immediately. For more specific questions, contact a customer service representative.

The online processing system is a secure system that requires a personal identification number (PIN) to protect your privacy. For more protection, remember to exit the application and close your browser when you’re done with your FAFSA, or need to return to it later. Keep your PIN a secret. You will only use your PIN when applying for your FAFSA or checking your Student Aid Report (SAR). The information you provide online is also encrypted, meaning that any information you submit on the web is unreadable to anyone other than you.

Your parents’ personal documents are also protected. Everything needed to apply for financial aid, is found online including the online FAFSA form, school codes, and submission deadlines. Once you’ve completed the FAFSA form, you can check the status, make corrections, and print your SAR off the website.

FAFSA financial aid forms submitted on the federal government’s system process quickly. When you complete your FAFSA online, you will find out what funding you’re eligible for, and what types of financial aid you should expect. It is important to know how much federal aid you will receive early so you can start looking for more ways to cover college costs. Conducting a free scholarship search, is a great way to start finding alternative payment options.

If you aren’t comfortable filling out your FAFSA online, submit a hard copy by mail. Remember that paper forms take longer to process than online forms, so plan your time accordingly. Access the FAFSA as soon as it is available on January 1st. The federal deadline for FAFSA on the Web is June 30th, however state deadlines are earlier, so follow your state’s deadline.

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Should White Boys Be Heard? Dickenson Student Says No

February 19, 2019

by Susan Dutca

A Dickinson College senior did not foresee her essay in the student paper titled "Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?" going viral online or appearing on national organizations' websites. In her guest editorial, Leda Fisher argues that white, male students are taking over discussions of feminism, LGBTQ and race that she "feels are better voiced by women and minority students." [...]

Insta Influencers Involved with Student FAFSA?

February 12, 2019

by Susan Dutca

Despite the possibility of earning free money for college, some current and prospective college students do not complete the FAFSA - perhaps because the form is "confusing and lengthy." Instagram influencers and college bloggers are stepping in and have teamed up with the U.S. Department of Education to encourage more students to fill out their FAFSA with the hashtag #ButFirstFAFSA. [...]

Fall in Love with February 2019 Scholarships

February 7, 2019

by Susan Dutca

Scholarships.com has the scholarships your heart (and wallet) desire this month and we are sharing the love, beginning with this list of featured February 2019 college scholarships. Focus on scholarship love and worry less about how you’ll pay for college this upcoming semester. [...]

Last Reviewed: February 2019