Financial Aide Checklist

Financial Aide Checklist

By LaShauna Howell

Thinking about College? Are you a H.S student? A parent? An adult thinking about going back to school? Want to know how to prepare for college or career school? We provide checklists with the steps you can take to help you (or your child’s) chances of getting into—and being able to afford—the school of your choice. You can click on at to retrieve documents for preparation for college, types of aid available and qualifications, per the Department of Education. Below are additional tips, resources, and guidance on how to effectively complete the financial aid application (FAFSA) process.

Have you applied for your FSA-ID?

The FSA ID is the username and password you use on federal student aid websites such as and Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.


Parents, each of the checklists—from elementary school through high school includes items for you, such as how to support your child in his or her studies, where to set up a college savings account, and what to do when it’s time to apply for financial aid.

College Preparation Checklist—Helps students (elementary, middle, and high school), as well as adults and parents prepare financially and academically for college.

Adult students, we’ve got an adult student checklist just for you so that you can skip all the information about what classes to take in high school and get straight to exactly what you need.

College Scorecard-Information on college costs, graduation, post-college earnings

School Code Search-Find your college’s school code. Also find detailed information about your college.

Federal Deadline

Select the school year for which you are applying for financial aid. For example, if you plan to attend college between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, click the 2018-2019 School Year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Please have your 2016 taxes/income ready when completing the FAFSA to ensure an accurate process.

Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2019. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 14, 2019. * Login to apply online with the FSA-ID (Recommended) or * Complete a PDF FAFSA (Note: PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing) or * Request a paper FAFSA by calling us at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 334-523-2691. If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913. F
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