The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You should not pay for an application and free assistance to complete the form is available. Never agree to a fee based on the percentage of scholarship or grant aid received. A financial aid consultant cannot guarantee you will receive gift aid. If a consultant prepares the FAFSA for you, he or she should sign the FAFSA as a preparer. Never sign a blank form.
You and your parents should always review and sign the FAFSA after it has been prepared, and you should mail it to the FAFSA processor yourselves. You are legally responsible for the information contained within. As with all important documents, you should keep copies of the FAFSA and other applications for your files.