HESC offers a variety of downloadable FAFSA informational fact sheets, how-to guides, and worksheets to help students and families better understand the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA).

FAFSA Overview

FAFSA Overview

The FAFSA is the first step in getting federal college financial aid such as the Pell Grant, federal loans, and federal work-study. Learn more about what it is and why it's so important to apply. 

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Create a StudentAid.gov Account

Create studentaid.gov account

This guide will give you step-by-step instructions on how to create your StudentAid.gov account.

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Dependency Status

FAFSA Dependency Status

Before you file your FAFSA, you'll need to know if you're a dependent or independent student. This guide will help you determine your status and figure out how best to file.

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FAFSA Checklist

FAFSA Checklist

Being prepared to file your FAFSA can save you time and costly errors on the FAFSA. This checklist will ensure you have all the information you need to file successfully.

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FAFSA Unusual Circumstances

FAFSA Factsheet

Learn about the Unusual Circumstances and how certain criteria may qualify you for independent status on your FAFSA.

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FAFSA Preparation

FAFSA Filing Prep

This simple FAFSA checklist will ensure you have all the required documents you'll need to successfully complete your application.

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StudentAid.gov Account with No SSN

Studentaid.gov Account with No SSN

If you don't have a social security number, you can still create a StudentAid.gov Account. This guide will show you the simple steps to get your account today.

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Understanding Financial Aid

Understanding Financial Aid

Understanding college financial aid can seem daunting. This guide can help you better understand what financial aid is and the steps to take before, during, and after college.

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Who Files the FAFSA

Who files the FAFSA

This guide will assist in determining whether one or both parents of a student applicant need to contribute to the FAFSA form.

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