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Submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This is the first step in applying for Federal and State grant programs, Federal loan programs and the Federal Work-Study Program. The FAFSA includes all the information necessary to determine your expected family contribution or “EFC”. The EFC is used by aid administrators to determine eligibility for all federal and state aid programs. The FAFSA may be completed one of two ways: electronically (this is the preferred method) or on a paper version available at high schools and most post-secondary schools. Read the information below for instructions on how to file electronically.

FAFSA Online:

Beginning January 1, 2010, you may access the 2010-11 electronic version of the FAFSA on the Internet. We suggest that you apply electronically if at all possible. This process is fast, simple, and reject-free.

Students may use their FAFSA PIN as their electronic signature. Parents' signatures are now accepted electronically by the federal processor. Parents can apply for a pin where a parent's signature is required for the FAFSA. You may also print out a separate Signature Page from FAFSA on the Web as you complete the electronic application process. The signed form should be mailed directly to the federal processor.

Need technical assistance with FAFSA on the web? Call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243), 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern,) Monday through Friday. You may also contact an Academy of Art University Financial Aid Representative at 800 544 ARTS.

To complete the FAFSA online, you may go to the FAFSA website at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Current students may also access and complete the FAFSA online by using Student Self Service. Once you are logged in to Self Service, follow this path to the FAFSA:

My Educational Profile > Finances > FAFSA on the Web

Click here to go to Student Self Service.

Paper Version

If you do not have access to the Internet, you may request a paper version of the FAFSA by calling 800-4-FED-AID. Using the paper version can result in a longer processing period and the possibility of an incomplete application being rejected by the federal processor. If you must file the paper version, be sure to follow the directions and read the notes that accompany the paper FAFSA.