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How to Apply

To be considered for financial aid, a student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the first step in the financial aid process and is the sole application that is used to apply for grants, loans, and work-study. The FAFSA collects financial and other information used to calculate the expected family contribution (EFC) and to confirm eligibility through computer matches with other agencies (see Match requirements).

Click here to watch a video designed to help students get started with the FAFSA.

Types of Applications:
Students can fill out a paper FAFSA, or they can apply electronically through FAFSA on the Web. Students who have applied in previous years may be able to use a simplified form, the renewal FAFSA, which can be on paper or on the Web.

Many students still use the paper FAFSA.  Click here to download a Paper FAFSA application and mail it to the address provided for the Federal Processor.

FAFSA on the Web
Students can use FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.gov to complete an application online and submit it directly to the Central Processing System (CPS). Students can also correct any of their previously submitted data except for SSN and Marital Status. Online help is available to complete the FAFSA and students can call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

FAFSA on the Web is the fastest way to apply for financial aid. In addition, the student information is edited before it is submitted. Therefore, if you made any errors or left out any information, FAFSA on the Web will call this to your attention before you submit your information. This reduces the chances that student data will be rejected for some reason and makes it less likely that students will have to correct the information later. The Federal School Code for Folsom Lake College is 038713.

Note: Applicants who fail to list Folsom Lake College will not be considered for Federal Aid at Folsom Lake College.

The Pin:
The Personal Identification Number (PIN) gives students Internet access to their information in FSA systems. Students can get a PIN by going to the website at www.pin.ed.gov . Applying for a PIN is a one-time process.

Students can utilize their pin to electronically sign the following application forms:
-- FAFSA on the Web
-- Renewal FAFSA on the Web
-- Corrections on the Web

If you are a dependent student, your parent(s) may also electronically sign your FAFSA using their PIN. If they do not currently have a PIN, they can also apply for a PIN online at www.pin.ed.gov. Only one parent is required to sign the FAFSA.

Apply Early!
To ensure that any financial aid package received by a student contains aid from as many sources as possible, the student must apply as soon as January 1st for the upcoming fall, spring and summer semesters.