Applying for Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This application is used to determine your eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid.  In addition some scholarship donors may require that you have a FAFSA on file.

The best way to complete the FAFSA is online.  An online FAFSA is processed faster and you have less chance of making an error on the application that could result in delays.
The 2021-2022 FAFSA becomes available on October 1st at It may be filled out at any time during the academic year.  However, colleges and universities have financial aid deadlines to which they adhere and it is to a student's advantage to be awarded as early as possible.  Check with your college to learn of any deadlines.

If you need help completing your FAFSA, you can get free assistance from financial aid professionals at the annual College Goal FAF$A workshops.  Visit the College Goal FAF$A page for details, dates and locations.

Find out what to expect after submitting your FAFSA.

Review your Student Aid Record (SAR) and check with your college to make sure that all forms have been submitted.  For example - make sure you've submitted all paperwork to receive your financial aid award notification.  
Often after completing the FAFSA your college may need additional documentation such as tax information.  If this information is required to accept your financial aid Respond by requested deadlines to avoid losing aid.  Keep in touch with your college's financial aid office to understand the whole process of receiving your aid.
Don't forget too, check out AZGrants to see what additional State aid is available through the Commission for Postsecondary Education.

Make sure to watch the video about common Myths.

Avoid scholarship scams and be cautious when you hear:

"The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back"

"You can't get this information anywhere else"

"I just need you credit card number to hold your funds"

"We'll do all the work. You just pay a processing fee" "Buy now or miss this opportunity"


If contacted by a company to process your FAFSA for a fee, save your money.  The FAFSA is free.  If you need additional information visit our College Goal FAF$A pages.