Fafsa.ed.gov is the site through which you can find information on, and make an application for, federal student aid. The principal method used in applying for federal student aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and as it turns out, www.fafsa.ed.gov is the site where you can access this particular application, get information on how to go about filling it out, and actually get to fill it out.
You will notice that fafsa.ed.gov has two language versions: one being the English version, and the other one being the Spanish version.
The developers of fafsa site designed the site for two major categories of visitors:
- Visitors who are keen on making new applications for federal student aid: these are given the chance to ‘start a new FAFSA’ by clicking on an appropriately labeled button. Upon doing so, they are taken through several screens, where they are supposed to fill in the details that constitute a Free Federal Application for Federal Student Aid.
- Visitors who already have made applications for federal student aid: these are given several options, among them the option of making a correction to the free applications for federal student aids they have already made, adding schools, viewing their student aid reports and so on.
Other categories of people who may find fafsa.ed.gov to be a useful resource include:
- High school seniors who are not yet at the point where they need to apply for federal student aid, but who nonetheless wish to familiarize themselves with the system.
- Parents with kids who may soon or later be college-bound, and who wish to familiarize themselves with the federal student aid system.
- College financial aid office administrators.
- Government policymakers and other people interested in understanding how the federal student aid application system works and how it can be improved.
Other things that you can do at the Fafsa site, besides making the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, include:
- Checking out the deadlines for the submission of such Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Checking out the school codes that are necessary in the actual filling out of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Checking out announcements pertaining to Federal Student Aid disbursement.
At fafsa.ed.gov, you can access links to other United States government sites. Those include:
- Usa.gov: which the umbrella site of the United States Government.
- Ed.gov: Which is the website of the United States Department of Education.
- Whitehouse.gov: Which is the White House website.