Financial Aid Information/Resources

Financial Aid - FAFSA Information 

Applications for the 2016-17 FAFSA are now available online. Apply Early! 

 
 
Federal Financial Aid
Post-secondary schools, colleges, and universities offer financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and work study programs to students based on information received from the federal government. This information comes from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Therefore, submitting the FAFSA is a critical step in the financial aid/scholarship process.

How to apply:
The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after January 1 of the senior year.  Please make sure when you apply that you list any college you are considering, as you can list up to ten on the application.  If you have applied or are interested in more than ten colleges, you may add those after you receive your SAR.  The Department of Education prefers families file online. The error rate is substantially reduced on electronic applications and colleges receive your FAFSA information faster.

Deadlines:
Deadlines for filing the FAFSA can vary by school and state. Arizona universities currently recommend filing by February 15. Check with any other colleges being considered for their deadlines. Watch your mail for a Student Aid Report (SAR). This is a summary of the information you submitted and schools you listed on the FAFSA will also receive this information. You may want to verify receipt of the SAR with the colleges.

Notification:
An award letter from the financial aid office of the colleges listed on the FAFSA form will be sent to you. This document indicates the types of aid a student is eligible to receive.

How to get help:
In the senior year, parents and students who want help with the FAFSA should attend College Goal Sunday. This is an annual statewide program that provides free information and assistance to Arizona students and families applying for financial aid. For locations and times, visit College Goal Sunday's website listed below.
 
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