Need help with the FAFSA®? Get the facts and fundamentals from the Federal Student Aid website to finesse your FAFSA. These helpful tools and information can make filling out the FAFSA straightforward and easy.
If you meet the basic eligibility requirements, you may be eligible for financial aid.
Complete the FAFSA to be considered for federal student aid.
Take control of your spending by creating a budget. A budget is a simple tool to help you manage your money and avoid overspending. Following a budget enables you to pay bills on time, start or add to a savings account, and enjoy outings with friends. Try a budget calculator to break the broke-and-borrowing cycle.
Education is expensive. Loans may be a necessary part of financing your studies and living expense, but one day you will need to repay them. Although most loan repayments are deferred while you’re in school, it’s a good idea to estimate what your payments will look like once you’re out of school and start planning for repayment.
Use the Loan Simulator on the Federal Student Aid website to find a repayment plan that works for you and keep track of your financial aid activity through The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
For assistance navigating NSLDS, click “Contact,” then “Chat with Us.”
As you begin your career search and start to plan for life after college, out in the “real world,” how much money will you earn? Will you be able to afford the lifestyle you want? Use one of these lifestyle calculators to see how much your living expenses will cost and how much money you will need to earn to pay for them.
Also, visit Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to measure your current financial well-being and see steps you can take to improve it.
Take control of your finances and learn how to manage your money wisely with tips and resources available at Practice Money Skills.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Visit our Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program for more information about qualifying and applying.
Financial Awareness Counseling provides tools and information to help you understand your financial aid and assist you in managing your finances. You can complete Financial Awareness Counseling anytime through the Federal Student Aid. Most people complete counseling in 20–30 minutes.