The Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) is a form (in both paper and online versions) that prospective students fill out who'd like to receive financial aid to go to school. You can learn more on the Department of Education's FAFSA web site.

Usually it is filled out early in a new calendar year as schools have priority financial aid deadlines that occur often in March or earlier. Even if you are not yet accepted to a school, you can still fill out the FAFSA.

It is completed annually by current and anticipating college students (both undergraduate and graduate) and sometimes their parents to determine eligibility for federal student financial aid (including grants, loans, and work-study programs).

Check with the school's financial aid office for its priority deadline. Filling out the FAFSA before the deadline could help you get the best possible aid package.

Learn more about the FAFSA process to turn your service experience into a potentially better aid offer!

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