How To Apply

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to determine eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs. The fastest and easiest way to file the FAFSA is online at

Filing online expedites the process and can provide accurate financial data directly from the IRS. To begin the online FAFSA, you must first register for an FSA ID, a username and password combination that allows you to sign your FAFSA electronically. Your FSA ID also can be used to sign loan contracts and to access certain information online.

If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.

You can create an FSA ID when logging into certain ED websites, including this one. Create an FSA ID now.

The FSA ID process consists of three main steps:
  1. Enter your log-in information.
     - Provide your e-mail address, a unique username, and password, and verify you are at least 13 years old.
  2. Enter your personal information.
     - Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth.
     - Include your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and language preference.
     - For security purposes, provide answers to five challenge questions
  3. Submit your FSA ID information.
     - Agree to the terms and conditions.
     - Verify your e-mail address. (This is optional, but helpful. By verifying your e-mail address, you can use your e-mail address as your username when logging into certain ED websites. This verification also allows you to retrieve your username or reset your password without answering challenge questions.)
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How to Fill Out Your FAFSA Video

To effectively add your tax information into the FAFSA, please utilize the IRS data retrieval tool, which will insert your tax information into the FAFSA for you. This may eliminate the need for additional documentation.

For additional assistance including frequently asked questions, please view the Federal Student Aid website.

Contact our office at or 617-236-8821.

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Tips for completing the FAFSA
Assemble forms needed to complete FASA. You'll need the following for both you and your parent (if dependent) to fill out the form:
  • Social Security number and drivers license
  • Current bank statements
  • Current mortgage and investment records (if any)
  • Alien registration card (if not U.S. citizen)
  • Recent student and parent federal tax returns
  • Recent W2 forms and other record of money earned
  • Recent untaxed income and records
  • Read the instructions. At first glance, the FAFSA form can appear confusing and complicated. In actuality, the form is easy to fill out. The questions are straightforward, and the instructions make specific references to each question.
  • Sign the form. If you are filing the paper FAFSA, make sure you (and at least one parent if dependent student and spouse if married) sign the form before submitting it online or putting it in the mail. Failing to do so delays the process, as your FAFSA is not considered complete without all necessary signatures.
  • Use estimated figures for the most recently completed tax year. If you are completing the FAFSA prior to the filing of your current federal tax return, you may use estimated figures. Review your W-2 and other tax documents; or if your current income was relatively the same as your prior year income, you can use those figures. You can easily update the information after you have had the opportunity to file your tax return. Do not wait until you have filed your current year taxes to file the FAFSA and risk missing the March 1st priority filing deadline.
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