Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
To complete the FAFSA, follow these steps:
- Complete student and parent taxes early as you'll need that information for the FAFSA.
- Create an FSA ID for you and one for a parent at fsaid.ed.gov. (You'll use it to access the FAFSA - and as your signature.) Here's a helpful video.
- Gather items needed for the FAFSA.
- Complete the FAFSA at FAFSA.gov before your college's priority date (typically March 1 or April 1). Ask your college for their priority date.
For free help, use our FAFSA Tools, or make an appointment:
Omaha – 888.357.6300
Lincoln – 800.303.3745
Kearney – 800.666.3721
College Funding Estimator - from Education Quest
The College Funding Estimator estimates the results of your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid). The FAFSA is the application for federal, state and college-based financial aid. You’ll complete and submit the FAFSA after January 1 of your senior year of high school – and every year that you’re in college.
The College Funding Estimator asks the same questions, and uses the same calculation, as the FAFSA. The results will help you plan financially for college, understand the financial aid process, and determine if you qualify to apply for “need-based” scholarships. This tool is helpful for parents with sophomores, juniors and seniors as they prepare for college expenses.