Go FAFSA for best chance at financial aid

Just when students think they 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 students have to do is log onto FAFSA.gov and use 2018 taxes to complete the form. The priority deadline is February 1, but the experts say the quicker the better.

That’s because the FAFSA is what determines a 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 students 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.
  • Never assume you won’t qualify for aid. Many factors other than income, such as family size, also come into play.

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.