The FAFSA

What is the FAFSA?

The U.S. Department of Education uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to evaluate a family’s eligibility for federal student financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant, Work-Study, and federal student loans. Detailed information on federal student aid programs is available at www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Many other organizations also use it to determine eligibility for their financial aid programs. The ACPE uses information from the FAFSA to award:

It is also required to qualify for many campus-based and private scholarships. 

Complete the FAFSA Now!

Beginning for the 2017-2018 school year, the FAFSA will become available in October of the prior year - October 2016 is the best time to file the FAFSA if you plan to start school in fall of 2017. File the FAFSA as early as possible -  some institutions have very early FAFSA deadlines – check with your financial aid office to find out.

Many programs also have later deadlines. The priority deadline to file a FAFSA for the Alaska Performance Scholarship and Alaska Education Grant is June 30. Don't hesitate to file your FAFSA later in the year even if you missed the best time to file - you may still qualify for some aid.

Did you know that as of October 2016, you can file the FAFSA using tax information you already have on hand? If your financial situation has changed substantially between then and the time you file the FAFSA, complete the FAFSA anyway, and talk to your financial aid office about your circumstances.

Remember that you need to submit a new FAFSA every year while you attend school. Fill out your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Get Free Help!

Get free expert assistance filing the FAFSA. For dates, times, and locations, go to www.CollegeGoalAK.org.

How is Your School Doing?

The Federal Student Aid site offers a tool that shows how many students at your school have completed the FAFSA.