UNDERSTANDING THE FAFSA PROCESS FOR PARENTS U.S. Department of Education Resource Article

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is the student’s responsibility, but when a student is considered a dependent student for FAFSA purposes, parents have a large role in the application process. Educate yourself about the process and opportunities so you can provide the guidance your child needs to do their part. Your child can apply for not only federal student aid but also student aid from states and schools with the FAFSA form. Do You Need Money for College or Career School? is a great resource to check out first. Many types of student aid are available. Encourage your child to prioritize grants and scholarships before money that must be paid back, such as loans. It is important to understand whether a child is considered a dependent student and who is defined as a parent for FAFSA purposes.

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