The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, is how you apply for federal student aid and some state and institutional aid. Filling out the FAFSA can be a confusing process, and if you don’t fill it out correctly, you could forfeit your eligibility for financial aid. Here’s everything you need to know about the application before you fill it out.

FAFSA basics

Filling out the FAFSA

After filling out the FAFSA