Guide to Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

What is it?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your gateway to federal student loans, the cheapest form of student loans for most borrowers. You must complete this form to receive federal, state, or college money and some scholarships and grants require it as well. The FAFSA asks basic information regarding the borrower's income, dependency status, and savings to determine financial need. It is important to fill this form out as early possible. For more information on the FAFSA, visit and check out these resources available from iGrad:

Why complete the FAFSA?

Learning the lingo of the financial aid world may seem confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. In this blog post, we break down the types of financial aid you may be eligible to receive and what they all mean.


What are the deadlines?

There are several different deadlines for filing for financial aid – Federal, state, and college deadlines. Be sure to check them all so you don’t miss out on FREE money for college!