Do you need to complete the FAFSA this year? Every student applying for college financial aid is required to submit one, and the form just became available on October 1st. Many families are intimidated by the financial aid process, but the FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, isn’t as complicated as it seems. The form asks for family demographic information, then refers to the 2016 federal tax return to collect financial data, then finishes up by asking questions about assets, household size, and the number of people in the family attending college. Most parents find the application much easier (and quicker) to complete than anticipated.

To introduce you to the FAFSA, we’ve put together a slideshow below. You’ll find screenshots of the online form, as well as tips to accurately report your information and resources if you need help. Viewing the presentation is easy — simply use the left and right arrows at the bottom of the slides to get through the content. If you’d like to see it big screen, use the 2-way diagonal arrows to see the presentation in full-screen mode, then navigate it by using the arrows on your keyboard.

If you have questions at any time during the financial aid application process, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to provide as much assistance as you need. Call us at (800) 449-MEFA (6332) and email us at info@mefa.org.