Part: 3 - - Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
SectionTitle: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
As mentioned earlier, in Part 2 of this handbook, a student does not
have to pay a fee for having the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) processed. Information collected on this application
is, by law, used to calculate the Expected Family Contribution
(EFC). The FAFSA is developed by the U.S. Department of
Education. Comments on the design of the form may be sent to:
Application and Pell Processing Systems Division
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, S.W.
ROB-3, Room 4621 MS 5454
Washington, DC 20202
For 1997-98, the FAFSA is white, green, and gray. Dependent
students must complete the white and green areas; independent
students must complete the white and gray areas.
The instructions included with the application explain how each
question is to be answered. They should be read with great care and
attention. In the following pages, we have provided a copy of the
1997-98 FAFSA. In addition, because the instructions cannot address
every possible family situation, we will discuss the purpose of the
FAFSA questions and discuss how information should be reported in
some unusual cases.
To complete the FAFSA, use dark ink or a No. 2 pencil. Dollar
amounts should be rounded to the nearest whole dollar. Dates must
be reported in numbers in the boxes provided, such as 02/14/97 for
February 14, 1997.
Please note that Part 3 of this handbook is also available online,
via the Internet. The World Wide Web address (the URL) is
The FAFSA on pages 4-7 is attached in PDF file format. This file is viewable with version 3.0 or greater
of the Adobe ACROBAT Reader software.]]