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THE FAFSA TOOLKIT | FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
WHAT IS FAFSA?

It is the application that is required to be used by all schools in awarding federal and institutional student aid. Completing the FAFSA can qualify students for federal loans, federal grants, and federal work-study.

 
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FAFSA COMPLETION GUIDE

A step-by-step preview of the FAFSA form.

Take a detailed preview of the FAFSA form before completing it yourself. We have created a step-by-step preview of each section of the FAFSA with easy-to-read instructions regarding the information required on each screen.

FSA ID GUIDE

FSA ID GUIDE FOR STUDENT & PARENT

A step-by-step guide to creating your FSA ID.  An FSA ID is required by both student and parent.
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FAFSA GUIDE FOR DEPENDENT STUDENT

This guide is for dependent students beginning the FAFSA to invite parent(s) to complete.
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FAFSA GUIDE FOR PARENT

A preview guide for parents beginning the FAFSA on behalf of their dependent student.

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WHY SHOULD I FILL OUT THE FAFSA?

It's time to start applying for financial aid for college. This means FAFSA season is here and can be overwhelming to many. Let's break down the process into simple steps

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR FAFSA

Money for college starts with FAFSA

Everyone should complete the FAFSA which can qualify students for grants, scholarships, federal student loans, and work-study.

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ACCOUNT BALANCES

Balances of checking & saving accounts for parent(s) and student.

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COLLEGE LIST

A list of schools that students will be applying to.

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TAX RETURN
Printed copies are required for parent(s) and student.
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W2 OR PAY STUBS

Printed copies are required for parent(s) and student.

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MARRIAGE & DIVORCE

Parents are required to provide the date of marriage or divorce. 

IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START
COLLEGE PLANNING

If you need assistance at any point in the college planning process, free help is available.

Simply schedule an appointment with the RISLA College Planning Center. The counselors can walk you through every step of the way, help you access financial aid, and answer your difficult college planning questions.

For high school seniors, it's not to late, we can catch you up quickly with the college planning timeline provided below. 

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We have been offering low cost, fix rate education loans for almost 30 years.  Helping students and families borrower responsibly to help achieve their higher education dreams.

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