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Are you college-bound? You need to know about the FAFSA

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the key to almost all forms of college financial aid. You must file this form to be eligible for aid given by the federal government, the state of Iowa, and most colleges and universities. Here are some things you need to know:

It’s easier than you think. If you file online, there’s a handy tool that pulls in your family’s tax information. Once you gather the documents you need, you can finish the application in less than 30 minutes.

It’s not too late. Even if you plan to start college next fall, you still have time to file—but don’t wait. For many aid programs, filing earlier gives you a better chance of receiving money.

It’s worth your time. Many students don’t file because they assume they won’t qualify. Don’t make that mistake! Iowa awards nearly $80 million a year in college financial aid, and not all of it is based on income. The federal Pell Grant gives Iowa college students more than $200 million a year. You could miss out on your share if you don’t file the FAFSA.

For more information, contact or call 877-272-4456.

Find tips on filing the FAFSA, including a list of information you’ll need, at

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on December 06, 2021 at 9:40pm.