Go FAFSA for best chance at financial aid

Just when your student thinks he or she can’t go any FAFSA, they find out they can.

The application period is now open for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for academic year 2020-21. All your student needs to do is gather the family’s 2018 tax forms and log onto FAFSA.gov. The priority deadline is February 1, but the experts say the quicker the better.

That’s because the FAFSA is what determines your student’s eligibility for all kinds of financial aid — state, federal and institutional — and including everything from grants to scholarships, loans to work study, and waivers. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Students and families can learn more about FAFSA and the whole financial aid process on UND’s website.
  • Students should include Federal Code 003005 on their FAFSA if they’d like UND to consider their eligibility status.
  • You never should assume your student will not qualify for aid. Many factors other than income, such as family size, come into play.

But probably the most important thing for students to remember is to apply. The second most important? Apply early. No matter how generous the aid, it never lasts forever.