What is the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. The FAFSA form is not just the application for “free money," it’s also the application for Federal Work-Study funds, federal student loans, and even scholarships and grants offered by your state, school, or private organization. If you don’t complete the FAFSA form, you could lose out on thousands of dollars to help you pay for college.
....So, who should fill out the FAFSA? Anyone high school senior planning on going to a college, university, or trade/technical school. Get started today! Visit www.fafsa.gov
Myths About Financial Aid
"Federal student aid is just 'free money' like grants."
"My parents make too much money so I won't qualify for aid."
"Only students with good grades get financial aid."
"I don't have good credit so I can't get a student loan."
"My ethnicity or age makes me ineligible for federal student aid."
"My parents aren't U.S. citizens so there is no way I'll get aid."
"The FAFSA form takes forever to fill out, and it's really hard to do."
"I support myself so I don't have to include parent information on the FAFSA form.”
“I can’t file my FAFSA form in October because I haven’t applied to any schools.”
“I’ll have to update my FAFSA form after I file my taxes in the spring."
“I didn’t qualify for financial aid last year, so filling out the FAFSA form again is just a waste of time.”
Where to Get Help with FAFSA
- One-on-One Assistance from SPC- AskFAS
- Ask your school counselor!
- Office of Federal Student Aid - Live Chat
- Visit the Federal Student Aid Help Center
- Send your questions to Pinellas eCounselor!
- SPC Financial Aid Office (for general finanical aid questiosn)- 727-791-2485
- SPC Financial Aid Website - Be sure to use Ask Pete at the bottom right hand corner of every financial aid webpage for general questions
- Email Brooke Pair, Financial Aid Counselor for PCS
- 8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA® Form
- 11 Common FAFSA® Mistakes
- 5 Things to Do After Filing Your FAFSA® Form
- How to Review and Correct Your FAFSA