COMPLETE THE DEGREES’S GUIDE TO FILLING OUT YOUR FASFA
There are many ways to get assistance in filling out your FAFSA. No matter which way you choose to get help, we first suggest that you fill out as much of the FAFSA on your own before seeking assistance. (You will be surprised at how much you can do on your own.) If you get stuck along the way, please feel free to contact your Complete the Degree Advisor for assistance.
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, produced a series of videos to assist you in understanding the FAFSA form and financial aid process, in general. Click here to view the videos on You Tube.
Not sure on what all the terms mean? Here is the link to the Federal Student Aid glossary of terms located on the right side of this webpage.
FAFSA Completion Workshops
ISAC, the Illinois Student Aid Commission, holds events throughout the State of Illinois to assist Illinois residents in filling out their FAFSA. Follow this link for a calendar listing these events.
Please Note: Don’t forget to review their “What to Bring to a FAFSA Completion Workshop” before attending one of ISAC’s events.
The College You Plan To Attend
Each college has some form of assistance for students planning to, or currently attending, their college. Details of this assistance are usually housed on their financial aid page. Here is a link for the City Colleges’ page as an example.
In addition to books on how to fill out the FAFSA, many area libraries host special workshops on filling them out. Check your local branch for more details. Some are listed on the ISAC FAFSA Completion Workshops page.
Local Non-Profit Organizations
Each year select local non-profits and churches hold one-day or on-going FASFA assistance events. These events vary and are usually held during the “FAFSA completion season” (January – March). Your Complete the Degree Advisor will let you know if they hear about any of these events. In turn, we ask that you let your advisor know if you hear of any of these events, so your advisor can pass the word along to everyone, advisors and advisees, associated with Complete the Degree.
Understand the deadlines for FAFSA, Illinois MAP grant and other applications. Some aid is given on a first come, first served basis.
Learn more about deadlines.
Complete and submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Student Financial Aid).
Scholarships and Grants
Contact the college or university you plan to attend to learn all about the scholarships, grants, and financial assistance opportunities that are available to you.
Search for scholarships and grants. These are types of financial assistance that do not need to be repaid.
Learn more about scholarships and grants.
Inquire if tuition assistance is available from your employer.
Get tips on talking to your employer.
Consider federal government loans. If you are considering student loans or have delinquent student loans, we encourage you to attend one of our financial aid workshops.