Free Application for Federal Student Aid will fund your community college, trade school, or college education after high school.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will help fund your education after high school.
- Complete your FAFSA starting October 1st of your Senior year.
- The earlier you complete the FAFSA the better.
- The process can seem overwhelming. Have this information available to make the process as smooth as possible:
- FSA ID (for you and at least one parent)
- Your Social Security Number (and your parents' SSN)
- Your Driver's License Number (if you have one)
- 2015 federal tax information (for you and your parents)
- Any other untaxed income information
- You can also complete this FAFSA worksheet in advance to ensure you have all the information you need.
Where can I get help?
- Find a FAFSA Completion event near you by visiting the NM Knowledge 4 College website.
- Talk with your High School's College & Career Readiness Counselor.
- Use online resources through Federal Student Aid.
- Twitter using #AskFAFSA @FAFSA
- YouTube channel for Federal Student Aid.
I've filed my FAFSA, now what?
- You will receive information by email (the email you gave for your FSA ID).
- This information will share estimated funds.
- Read any and all emails you receive from FAFSA/Federal Student Aid, and any college/schools you are applying to. These emails may request additional information to confirm your financial aid needs.
- Stay in communication with the financial aid office at the college/school you hope to attend. They may request additional information to confirm your financial aid needs.
- You will receive a Financial Aid Award Letter from your college/school with the financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) available to you. Remember: You can accept or refuse any aid (you can refuse loans if you do not want or need them).
I want to know more about FAFSA.
- Meet with your high school's College & Career Readiness Counselor.
- Attend a FAFSA Completion Event in the area: calendar of events.
- Visit The FAFSA website. This site is offered by Federal Student Aid which is part of the US Department of Education.
- Go online: Twitter and use the #AskFAFSA @FAFSA, YouTube videos provide tips and step-by-step guides.
- Watch this quick video on tips for parents.
- Have unique questions? Talk with your school's College & Career Readiness Counselor. Use chat options online through NM Knowledge 4 College and through Federal Student Aid.