About Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. Administrated by the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid plays a central and essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students. 

The FASFA will help determine your eligibility for federal student aid programs along with state financial aid programs that may be available including Pell grants and work-study programs.  

The most common types of aid include:

  • Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Perkins Loan
  • Federal Work-Study Program

The application process begins on January 1 each year and some aid is on a first come, first serve basis, so you are encouraged to complete a FAFSA Application as soon as possible.

It is helpful to have several pieces of information handy when you start to fill out the form:

Student Information

  • Marital status
  • Citizenship & state residency
  • Education history
  • Major course of study
  • Expected course workload
  • Interest in student loans & work study
  • Income taxes and deductions (including spouse's)
  • Spouse's income
  • Assets
  • Dependency status
  • Household 
  • List of schools you are interested in attending

Parent Information

  • Level of education
  • Income taxes & deductions
  • Household assets
  • Family members
  • State residency
  • Age

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Documents

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Parent FAFSA Refusal Form 2014-15 2015-16
Petition for Special Circumstances - Loss of Income 2015-16
Petition for Special Circumstances - Cost of Attendance 2015-16
Dependency Status Override Form 2015-16

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FAFSA- 7 Easy Steps

This tutorial guides students and parents through the FAFSA process. 
Each step offers a quick overview and helpful tips to complete the application.       
The Grand Canyon University School Code required in
step 2 is 001074

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