FILLING OUT THE FAFSA
Federal financial aid (also knows as "federal student aid") is money from the federal government in the form of grants, loans, and/or work-study to help students pay for college or career school. In order to receive federal student aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to apply for financial aid from a pool of over $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. This section will explain the steps to fill out the FAFSA and information on eligibility for federal student aid based on criminal conviction and incarceration.
The FAFSA can be completed online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
No, you can't use your financial aid money for your new wardrobe. But you can use it for other stuff, like books, supplies (including a reasonable amount for a computer), transportation and child care expenses!
CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS & FEDERAL STUDENT AID
Your eligibility for federal student aid can be affected by incarceration and/or the type of conviction that you have. Click on the "Criminal Convictions & Financial Aid" button to learn more about the impact of incarceration and/or the type of conviction on your eligibility for federal student aid.
*Even if you are ineligible for federal aid, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, because most schools and states use FAFSA information to award nonfederal aid, and you might be able to get some of those funds.
ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
Click on the following buttons to learn more about federal financial aid resources!