It's Not Too Late to Complete The FAFSA!
Last updated January 17, 2024
Are you a high school senior who hasn’t completed the FAFSA? Keep reading!
There may have been many reasons you didn’t complete your FAFSA, but we want to remind you that it’s not too late to do it now! To be considered for financial aid for the 2023-2024 school year, the national FAFSA deadline isn’t until June 30, 2024 (be sure you know your state’s FAFSA deadline as well). This means that there’s still time for you to submit and increase your chances of receiving financial aid for college.
Here are some reasons you should complete the FAFSA now if you haven’t yet!
You have more options
It's important to know that the FAFSA is not binding. You are not required to accept any of the aid it offers to you or to attend any of the schools you listed on your FAFSA just because they’re offering you aid. Instead, when you complete the FAFSA, you give yourself more options and pathways for receiving financial aid. Here are three ways the FAFSA gives you options:
- You have more college options. Let’s say you got accepted to a school you’d like to attend, but it costs more than you can afford. By completing the FAFSA, you only higher your chances of receiving both federal and institutional aid that can make this school more affordable! After completing the FAFSA and receiving your aid offer from the school, you may realize that attending it is much more realistic and doable than you had previously thought.
- You have more financial aid options. A large majority of financial aid (including scholarships, loans, and grants) is awarded to students only if they’ve completed the FAFSA. This means that when you complete the FAFSA, you are eligible for federal, state-based, and private forms of aid that can significantly cut down your college costs. Win-win-win!
- You have more job options. Completing the FAFSA can help you land a job! When completing or renewing the FAFSA, you can opt into being considered for work-study, a federal aid program that offers part-time job opportunities to students at participating colleges. If you're eligible for work-study, you can work a part-time, on-campus job that can give you money to cover tuition or living expenses.
There’s money out there for you
Every year, Federal Student Aid provides around $112 billion in financial aid to incoming and current college students who have completed the FAFSA. However, a lot of this money goes unclaimed annually. In fact, graduating high school seniors in 2022 left nearly $4 billion in Pell Grants unclaimed. That’s essentially free money that was left on the table!
Even if you are unsure of your family’s financial situation or your eligibility to receive aid, it’s still worth completing the FAFSA regardless. You never know how much aid you’ll be offered until you try!
You can receive free FAFSA help
You don’t need to navigate this process on your own! There are plenty of free resources available that can support you through completing and submitting your FAFSA. Here’s a few:
- Our FAFSA textline. After signing up for our free FAFSA textline, you can speak with one of our college advisors to have your questions answered!
- Our FAFSA resources. We have lots of resources (both in English and Spanish) to help you and your family understand the purpose of the FAFSA, how to complete and submit it, any deadlines to be aware of, and more!
- FAFSA help in every state. Each state has free FAFSA help through in-person and digital FAFSA workshops, online FAFSA resources and modules, and FAFSA support specialists you can reach over the phone or text.
Receiving the financial support you need can make transitioning to college easier and smoother, so we strongly encourage you to make a plan to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible!
Have any questions or need support as you work on your FAFSA? Text #FAFSA to 33-55-77 to chat with one of our advisors. If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you!