Your Federal Financial Aid Roadmap

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The financial aid process is one of many crucial steps toward attending college. The costs associated with attending college are rising, and while it may seem intimidating at first, there are many places to find financial aid. We'll walk you through the basics of the federal financial aid process one step at a time.

If you plan to rely heavily on Federal loans to fund your educational expenses, it is imperative that you stay ahead of the game and apply early. A significant amount of financial aid is given on a first-come first-served basis. File your FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year as soon as possible to get a jump start on federal financial aid. The new form for the upcoming fall semester will be available at the start of each calendar year.

Steps to Receiving Federal Financial Aid