What is a FAFSA?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Completing and submitting the FAFSA® is free and quick, and gives access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.

In addition, the State of Alaska and UAA use FAFSA data to determine eligibility for state and school aid. Some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether a student qualifies for aid. 

Answer to a Common Question "Which FAFSA should I complete?": There are two (2) academic year FAFSA applications available at any given time and it is important to fill out the correct one for the semester you hope to receive financial aid. An academic year begins with the Fall semester in August, Spring semester in January, and ends with the Summer semester in May.

Academic Year Examples:

  • 2019/2020 FAFSA: Fall Semester = August - December 2019, Spring Semester = January - May 2020, Summer Semester = May - August 2020
  • 2020/2021 FAFSA: Fall Semester = August - December 2020, Spring Semester = January - May 2021, Summer Semester = May - August 2021
Start the FAFSA!

Not convinced to fill out the FAFSA? Holding onto these myths?

  1. "My parents make too much money, why bother?"
  2. "I don't have good credit, so I know I won't qualify for a student loan!"
  3. "The FAFSA takes forever to fill out, and it's really hard to do."
  4. "I heard the interest rates on student loans are crazy high."
  5. "I can't file my 2020-2021 FAFSA in October, because I haven't filed my taxes or applied to any schools."
  6. "The FAFSA asks me to report tax information from a year when I made more money, so there is no point."

UAA can bust these myths (and many others). Attend a FAFSA workshops to learn more.

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