the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as
possible after January
1 of the
year you want to enroll. Copies of the form are available from your guidance
counselor or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
This site includes a link to the FAFSA4caster, a tool to learn about
the financial aid process and get an early estimate of your
eligibility for federal student aid.
you send in the FAFSA, the government will send you, and the
colleges you apply to, your Student Aid
Report (SAR). Your SAR explains how much aid you will need
to go to college
and how much you and your family will be expected to pay.
you are selected for a Community Foundation award you will
be required to complete a financial aid form submitting your current
year financial status.
web site www.fafsa.com charges students to complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.
application is in
fact free, there is no reason to pay for these services.
programs are legitimate, but some are not. As you conduct your
search for scholarships,
- Legitimate scholarships
do not charge a fee to apply.
- They do not call
on the phone without your contacting them first, or send an unsolicited
- They never ask
for your credit card number.
- They do not offer
a guarantee of an award.
about scholarship scams is available at