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Tips for Completing the FAFSA

The FAFSA is always free. Never pay a fee to apply for federal aid.

The FAFSA is available online and in paper format, but we encourage students to use the online version at www.fafsa.gov. If you need to use the paper version, you can print a copy at www.fafsa.gov/options.htm, or call 1.800.4.FED.AID to request a paper FAFSA. The best way to complete the FAFSA is online. The online version will skip questions that are not relevant to you, catch errors, and allow you to submit the application instantly. You can also save the online FAFSA to complete it later, and sign it electronically using your federal PIN number. You need to file a FAFSA each year to maintain your eligibility for federal and Hampshire College aid.

Click here to watch a tutorial on completing the online FAFSA form.

The FAFSA asks questions about you and your family's income and financial resources to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Most of the information you need to complete the FAFSA is on the income tax return(s). You can also import your IRS data directly into the online FAFSA if you have filed your taxes and don't owe any money.

Importing your IRS data to the online FAFSA simplifies the application process, reduces errors, and lowers your chances of being selected to verify the information on your FAFSA report. 

Review the What's new on the FAFSA section to learn about any new changes on the current FAFSA form.

Review the FAFSA Checklist to gather the documents you need to complete the FAFSA.

And review the common FAFSA errors so you may avoid making one. 

If you have any questions about completing the FAFSA, please contact the FAFSA center at 1.800.4.FED.AID (1.800.433.3243) or the financial aid office.

 

 

 

 

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Financial Aid
Blair Hall
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413.559.5484
Fax 413.559.5585
financialaid@hampshire.edu
 

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