Financial Aid Information

FAFSA Tipsheet

What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA stands for Free application for federal student aid.  It is the form that the federal government uses to determine your eligibility for federal student aid.  This aid includes grants, scholarships, work-study and loans to help you pay for college.  The form collects financial and demographic information.

Where can I get a FAFSA?

*Complete FAFSA on the Web: Home | Federal Student Aid

How does it work?

Using your FAFSA, the federal processor determines your Expected Family Contribution. (EFC)

Your EFC is the amount of money your family can be expected to contribute each year to your college costs.

Your school will then try to meet your need through a financial aid award made up of funds from federal, state, school and private sources as well as loans, grants and student employment.

5 common mistakes

1. Do not leave a field blank.  Use a zero if the question does not apply to you.

2. Don't forget to report all required sources of untaxed income, such as social security or child support.

3. Use the 1040 federal tax return  for reporting income and taxes paid, not the w-2.

4. Include yourself in your parents' household size, even if you didn't live with them the previous year.

5. Sign the application.  If you are filing as a dependent, make sure your parents sign too.

tips for completing the FAFSA

Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after December.

Submit the FAFSA even if you don't think you qualify for aid.

Contact your prospective college's financial aid office for additional information.

After you have completed the FAFSA

-Review your student aid report (SAR) carefully.

-Call 1-800-433-3243 if you do not receive you SAR in 4-6 weeks.

-Note your data release number (DRN).

-Check if your SAR has been selected for verification.


Parents and students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA online after October 1st.  Seniors applying to college must use this form to access financial aid from the federal and state government as well as aid from some colleges. Financial aid will come in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. Parents do not always realize that college loans from the government begin with the FAFSA.

The Student Aid Report indicates the eligibility for grants and Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The FAFSA can be found at To sign the FAFSA electronically, students (and one parent) need an FSA ID. Apply for the FSA IDs at: Home | Federal Student Aid.

Some colleges and high schools offer FAFSA completion sessions. For a listing of those site, please visit the PHEAA website: PHEAA: One of the Nation's Leading Student Aid Organizations

Any questions may be directed to Kelly Hinkledire at the high school, 239-5141. ext. 1308 or via email at [email protected].


Mark Your Calendars:

Financial Aid Night for 2024 Seniors will is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 2023 starting at 5:30pm.

FAFSA Completion Session for 2024 Seniors is scheduled for Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Times will be by appointment only from 8:00am to 5:00pm. An evening group session may also be held from 5:00pm-6:00pm if needed.  

Flyer for FAFSA Completion Night

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