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Word of the Day Wednesday: FAFSA.gov

Each Wednesday, MEFA features a Word of the Day, where we highlight a word (or sometimes a phrase) related to the college planning process. This month, we’re focusing on vocabulary related to preparing for the financial aid process.

Today’s Word of the Day is FAFSA.gov.


The most important step in the financial aid process is to file the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), as it is the financial aid application required by every college and university in the country. FAFSA.gov is the official website of the FAFSA. You'll want to make sure to bookmark this site to return to throughout the financial aid process. Here are some common questions we receive about FAFSA.gov: 

  • Why is visiting FAFSA.gov such a priority?
    A student is not eligible for federal or state financial aid without submitting a completed FAFSA. And FAFSA.gov is the authorized website of the FAFSA, and therefore the only site you should use to submit this very important application.



  • Does FAFSA.gov require a cost?
    No! There is no cost to filing the FAFSA on FAFSA.gov. Simply click on Start A New FAFSA or Login to complete the form.



  • When does FAFSA.gov allow me to file the FAFSA?
    FAFSA.gov is open for filing on October 1st.



  • What else does FAFSA.gov offer?
    FAFSA.gov also houses the FAFSA4caster, a helpful tool that provides an estimate of your family's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your eligibility for federal financial aid.


Start the new year off right by getting the FAFSA completed and submitted on FAFSA.gov as soon as possible. Remember, FAFSA.gov will be ready to process FAFSAs on October 1st! Don’t delay.





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