Filling out a FAFSA is always free and is easier now than it ever has been. The form provides detailed instructions and walks you through step by step, asking only the questions that apply to you. If you need additional help, you can access a real-time, private online chat to speak with a customer service representative.
A paper FAFSA is available if that is the best option for you. You may complete a PDF application or request a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-433-3243. Both the PDF and paper FAFSAs must be mailed for processing. Learn more at fafsa.ed.gov/options.
Before you file be sure to:
- Determine whether you are a dependent or independent student.
- Get your FSA ID in order to sign the FAFSA electronically.
- Gather the required documents and information – FAFSA checklist.
For free help completing the FAFSA, attend a FAFSA Frenzy event near you.