Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

An announcement from the Michigan Department of Treasury, Student Scholarships and Grants:

The 2015-2016 FAFSA will be available on January 1, 2015. Priority consideration for State programs is given to those students who applied and whose application is received at the federal processor on or before March 1. List your top choice school first on your FAFSA under the school choices section.

The FAFSA asks for information about you (your name, date of birth, address, etc.) and about your financial situation. Depending on your circumstances (for instance, when you filed taxes and what tax form you used), you might need to reference the following information or documents as you fill out the FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA!)
  • Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
  • Your driver’s license number if you have one
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information for you (and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents if you are a dependent student
  • Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits, for your, and for your parents if you are dependent student
  • Information on cash, savings and checking account balances, investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate, but not including the home in which you live; and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student

If you have not filed your taxes at the time you complete the FAFSA, use estimated information. Once your taxes are completed, make a correction to your FAFSA to update it.

You do not need to pay money to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA is FREE, so if a website asks you to pay to fill it out, you’re not dealing with the official FAFSA site.

If you need help filling out the FAFSA, please contact Mrs. Warmels, Lee High School Guidance Counselor.

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About David Britten

Retired U.S. Army Officer, former elementary, middle and high school principal, currently serving as a public school superintendent.
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