Planning to go to college in the fall? Then it’s time to apply for financial aid!
If you plan to enroll in college this coming fall, it’s time for you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
What is the FAFSA and why is it so special?
The FAFSA is a form used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine your eligibility for financial aid programs including grants, federal loans and work study and is based on information about you and your family’s financial situation.
Even if you don’t think you’ll be eligible, you should still apply! More than one million students fail to complete the FAFSA each year because they believe they are ineligible, when a third or more of these students would have been eligible to receive some form of grant aid. That’s free money left on the table! The application takes most people only 23 minutes to complete and there is no cost for filing an application, so there’s no reason not to apply!
To complete this application you’ll need certain information and documentation such as your 2014 federal tax return, social security number, driver’s license number, records of untaxed income, and information on cash, savings and investments. If you’re considered a dependent student by the Department of Education, your parent(s) will also be required to provide this information. For more information or to apply, visit www.fafsa.gov. Be sure to check with your college to see if they have a priority deadline to submit your application—the sooner you apply, the better!
Still need additional money?
If you find that you need additional money to help cover your college expenses after you’ve been awarded by your college, consider the Texas Extra Credit Education Loan from EECU, an outstanding private student loan provided by our partner, Higher Education Servicing Corporation.