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FAFSA

What is the FAFSA and why do parents need to be involved?

Paying for college starts with the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the starting point for financial aid, including federal grants, loans, work study, and scholarships. In most cases, the federal government sees students (24 years or younger) as a dependent, which is why the parent is required to participate in the FAFSA. You play a big role in helping your student reach their educational dreams!

We make the FAFSA easy.

After helping thousands of families file the FAFSA, there are few situations we haven’t seen. We’ve condensed the process down to the following four steps.

Download the Parent’s Guide to the FAFSA to walk you through how the process works, the materials needed and to answer your toughest FAFSA questions. Preview how the FAFSA process works by watching our video demonstration or watch our recorded Facebook Live videos with financial aid experts. We’ve got the goods!
Both the student and one parent need to create an FSA ID (username and password). It’s part of the process to verify who you are when filing the FAFSA and is used to sign your FAFSA at the very end.
The FAFSA takes roughly 30 minutes to complete and requires both information about the parent and the student. Details needed include demographic information, personal information and financial information. If you haven’t yet, download our Parent’s Guide to the FAFSA for the list of materials to have in-hand when filing. Students and their parents will be able to submit the 2019-2020 FAFSA (the FAFSA that high school seniors will submit) in a web browser on a mobile phone or a tablet. Students and their parents can also download the Free myStudentAid app from the Google Play or Apple App Store to submit the FAFSA using the myFAFSA component of the app.
Every minute counts when filing your FAFSA. Schools only have so much funding to divide out among students and those students who have submitted their FAFSA by the priority deadline of December 1 have the greatest chance to receive those types of funds.

Show us your #FAFSAface

FAFSAface We’re giving away a $1,000 scholarship to a Montana high school senior who completes the FAFSA by December 1 and shows us their #FAFSAface. To enter, take a selfie and mark, write or sticker #FAFSAface on it. Share the photo on Facebook or Instagram and tag #FAFSAface in the caption or comments. Finalists will be chosen starting Dec. 2, and a winner will be announced on Dec. 10, 2018.

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Resources

Videos
Reach Higher Montana The FAFSA - Step by Step
Featuring Rhonda Safford and Rebecca Connors
Reach Higher Montana
Reach Higher Montana Chat with FAFSA Experts - FB Live Oct. 14th
Featuring Rhonda Safford and Janet Riis
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Guides

A Parent's Guide to FAFSA

Parents, you've got this!
Helping your favorite student file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) just got a whole lot easier with our FAFSA Guide.

Follow our guide to file your FAFSA quickly and efficiently!