Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
NOTE: A FAFSA cannot be filed before January 1, of a student's senior year

A. Before beginning a FAFSA
  1. Get documents you need: Start with your Social Security Number, driver's license, income tax return, bank statements and investment records.
  2. Print a Pre-Application Worksheet: See a preview of the questions; dependent students can use it to help parents write in info at their convenience.
  3. Plan how to sign your FAFSA: Electronically with a PIN; send a signature page in the mail; or a signed copy of your Student Aid Report.
  4. Speed the process with your PIN: Sign your FAFSA Electronically.

B. Filling out a FAFSA: Click Here

C. FAFSA Follow-up: For questions: Click Here

D. Important changes to the FAFSA: Click Here

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Financial Aid Resources

After the FAFSA information

Affording College

Free Service -
       Matching student's backgrounds w/ eligibility requirements for nationwide colleges.
       Fastweb Student Bulletins
       Alternative Loan Guide

Smart Student Guide To Financial Assistance -
       Comprehensive source of financial aid information
Sallie Mae -
Financial services company offering comprehensive site with calculators for estimating costs.
College Board Profile-
Many of the member colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship programs use the information collected on PROFILE to help them award nonfederal student aid funds.
NYS Financial Aid Administrators
Help finding and obtaining financial aid resources to attend college.
NYS Higher Education Services Corporation -

Discover has a new, free Scholarship Search with over 3 million scholarships worth more than $18 billion. No registration required.

In addition, our "Paying for College" section on our website dedicated to college-bound students and parents with tips, tools and resources on financial aid and financing options.