The FAFSA can be completed beginning in October 2017 for this year's seniors. The online application can be found at www.fafsa.gov/.
Parents and students will also need an FSA ID for the online FAFSA; you can apply for FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov.
Check out this FAFSA checklist for 2017/2018! When completing the FAFSA online, students and parents will need to use the IRS Data Retrieval. Using the IRS Data Retrieval will ensure the correct information is being inputted on the FAFSA and will prevent verification delays.
Men, born after December 31, 1959, who aren't registered with Selective Service won't qualify for Federal student loans or grant programs. This includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Direct Stafford Loans/Plus Loans, National Direct Student Loans, and College Work Study. If you would like to register online, click here.
Check out the Federal Student Aid's Preparing for College.
Parents and students should also take a look at Student Aid on the Web to learn more about financial aid and college planning.
Click here to gain access to publications provided by the office of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education.
FastWeb.com provides quality information to help make paying for college easier. There is tons of great information to help explain college finances on this site.
Steps to Completing the FAFSA
Wondering how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Here are five steps you should follow to apply for federal, state and college-based financial aid.
- Contact the college(s) you applied to and ask for their FAFSA priority filing date. Some types of financial aid are awarded first-come, first-served, so submit the FAFSA before that date.
- Apply for your FSA ID for you and one for a parent at fsaid.ed.gov. The FSA ID is your signature for the online FAFSA. (This replaced the old "PIN" version).
- Prepare to use your 2016 tax information as the FAFSA requires current tax information. Read about a "Data Retrieval Process" that will simplify the income tax portion of your FAFSA.
- Gather items you need to complete the FAFSA.
- Complete the FAFSA electronically at fafsa.gov before your college's priority date. The FAFSA Application opens up on October 1st, 2017.
If you're completing the FAFSA for the first time and want free help, contact the EducationQuest location nearest you to make an appointment or for help over the phone. Kearney - 800-666-3721; Lincoln - 800-303-3745; Omaha - 888-357-6300.
If you are considering an out-of-state college, be sure to explore the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). The MSEP is a tuition reduction program that make attending out-of-state colleges and universities more affordable for non-resident students. Over one hundred and forty colleges and universities in Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin have opened their doors to each others' citizens by offering reduced tuition rates.
College Savings Plan of Nebraska
Nebraska's new 529 college savings plans offer investment opportunities that can help families pay for college. For more information regarding the 529 plan click: College Savings Plan of Nebraska.
Federal Student Aid is on YouTube...check out the Federal Student Aid YouTube channel by clicking here. They have videos discussing topics such as: preparing for college; types of aid; who gets aid; applying for the FAFSA; and repaying your loans.