You can find grants and scholarships, student loans, and work-study programs through Federal Student Aid (FSA) to help pay for college or career school. Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to access them.
You can also earn about other financial aid programs and ways to pay for school.
Am I eligible for Federal Student Aid?
Eligibility requirements for federal student aid include:
Being a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
Remaining in good standing on any federal student loans you have
Being in or accepted for an eligible degree or certificate program
Maintaining adequate academic progress
How do I apply for Federal Student Aid?
Create an FSA ID account if you’re going to submit your FAFSA online or track its status online. If you’re going to submit a paper FAFSA by mail and won’t be tracking its status, you won’t need an FSA ID.
Know what happens after you submit the FAFSA. This includes:
Learning how to correct or update information on it.
Finding out how and when you’ll get your aid.
Know the Deadlines for Submitting the FAFSA
The federal deadline for submitting the FAFSA for the 2021-22 school year is June 30, 2022.
The federal deadline for submitting the FAFSA for the 2020–21 school year is June 30, 2021.
Many states and colleges use the FAFSA for their financial aid programs. Those deadlines vary.
How do I check the status of an application?
You can check the status of your FAFSA:
Anytime after submitting it online
Seven to 10 days after mailing a paper FAFSA
You can check by:
Going to FAFSA.gov and logging in (You must have an FSA ID.)
Contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center
Who do I contact for extra help?
Visit the FSA Contact Us page for a detailed guide listing phone numbers and other ways to reach experts about federal student aid, FAFSA, loans and loan consolidation, and more.