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Where Can I Find Help Filling Out the FAFSA?

March 07, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

Unfortunately, it’s widely known that completing the FAFSA is extremely frustrating, time-consuming, and confusing. But fortunately, there are a lot of people and organizations offering their help, and most of it is free.

Some of the organizations offering free help filing out the FAFSA are: 

Department of Education FAFSA on the Web (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

The Department of Education’s FAFSA on the Web allows you to complete and file your FAFSA application free-of-charge, download a paper FAFSA application, or request your Federal Student Aid PIN. 

Federal Student Aid Information Center (www.studentaid.ed.gov)

Your source for free information from the Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school. The FSAIC staff can answer your questions by phone. Call 1.800.4.FED.AID (1.800.433.3243). 

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority(www.kheaa.com)

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) provides free FAFSA preparation workshops across the commonwealth of Kentucky. They also offer assistance with completing the FAFSA through their toll-free number. Call 1.888.678.4625. 

College Goal Sunday (www.collegegoalsundayusa.org)

College Goal Sunday offers free on-site professional assistance filling out the FAFSA form at various locations in 39 states throughout the country. Visit their website to find an event in your area. 

California Cash for College (www.calgrants.org)

The California Student Aid Commission puts on workshops throughout the state of California in January and February each year. Students and families get free assistance filling out the FAFSA and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. Visit their website for dates and locations. 

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has a student and financial aid resource center available at www.nasfaa.org that offers information for students and parents. This site helps you understand both the academic and financial aid issues related to education after high school. It also contains helpful worksheets and easy-to-understand guides, including a calendar checklist for grades 8 - 12, to help you prepare for college.  

Your Local Financial Aid Administrator

Every college that has a financial aid program employs a financial aid administrator (FAA) to watch over and be responsible for the entire aid process at that college. The financial aid administrator is a professional, available to help you and your family complete financial aid forms and answer questions. These individuals can be a great source of information about financial aid programs and application procedures. Check with the college you attend or the local college in your area. Contact details for financial aid offices are typically found on each college’s website. 

Access for All®

Student Financial Aid Services, Inc. and the Rezolve Group, Inc. proudly provide and support a variety of free FAFSA and college planning services to low income families, including the Access for All program. Individuals from low income families can utilize our services free of charge at any time of the year by contacting us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Source: Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (2013). Retrieved from: http://www.fafsa.com/understanding-fafsa/free-fafsa-assistance

Remember, more than $240 billion is available to help students apply to college, but most of that is only available if you complete the FAFSA, so get to it!