Does the FAFSA Cost Money?

Q: Does is cost money to do the FAFSA? Are their fees related to the FAFSA? And should I pay someone to help me fill out the FAFSA?

A: No, the FAFSA is 100 percent free and you should never pay anyone a fee to help you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

There are several web sites that offer to complete the FAFSA for a fee, but there is no reason to pay for these services.

Completing the FAFSA can be somewhat difficult and you will need help from a parent. The FAFSA requires that a parent enters his or her tax information from last year.

If your parent has not completed his or her taxes yet (or does not have his or her W2 form yet) it is OK to estimate what the income was from the previous year. After the FAFSA has been submitted, you can go back and make corrections.

FAFSA help is available for each page of the FAFSA application. If you need help with a specific question, click on “NEED HELP?” located at the bottom of every FAFSA page.

You can also get one-on-one help from a customer service representative by clicking on “Live Help” at the top of the FAFSA page.

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