Finish Line to the FAFSA

Arizona is stepping up to encourage all high school seniors to reach the finish line to college by completing the FAFSA.

Filling out the FAFSA is the first step to access financial aid

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) is the first step for students in securing financial aid to make college more affordable. It’s how you’ll be considered for the most financial aid, including federal and state grants, Work-Study and loans. All eligible students should complete the FAFSA (even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for anything) to secure your potential financial aid and scholarships.

Arizona ranks 49th in the nation with just 23 percent of seniors submitting the FAFSA as of March 29. That’s down by 31 percent from last year. This decline translates to an estimated 10,500 fewer Arizona seniors who have submitted the FAFSA compared to last year.

Let’s rally together to uplift and empower Arizona’s high school seniors, ensuring they receive the financial support they need by completing the FAFSA.

Arizona submission as of 3.28.24
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FAFSA events calendar and ongoing supports

The Arizona Board of Regents, the state’s public universities, community colleges and college access organizations have events and  resources available to support students and families navigate and submit the 2024-25 FAFSA form.

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Ask Benji

Benji is Arizona’s free digital FAFSA assistant. Text “Hi Benji” to 602-786-8171 to wake Benji up and get your questions about FAFSA and financial aid answered.

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Arizona FAFSA hotline

Students and families can call the Arizona FAFSA Hotline at 1-833-293-2372. FAFSA experts are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Schedule an appointment

Students and families can schedule a one-on-one appointment with a local FAFSA expert. All appointments take place virtually via Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams.

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FAFSA pro tips

The Arizona Board of Regents has compiled the most common FAFSA application issues along with pro tips and workarounds to help families navigate through the 2024-25 FAFSA form. 

Finish Line to the FAFSA campaign tools and resources

  • FAFSA resources hub. Visit
  • FSA ID creation resource. Download
  • Pell look-up tables. Download
  • FAFSA simplification fact sheet. Download
  • A practitioner’s guide to reporting assets on the FAFSA. Download
  • 2024-25 FAFSA prototype URL. Visit
  • Federal Student Aid estimator. Visit
  • Is my parent a contributor when I fill out my FAFSA form? Visit
  • Finish Line to the FAFSA Proclamation. Download
  • Governor Katie Hobbs’ letter to schools and college access partners. Download
  • Governor Katie Hobbs’ video on the Finish Line to the FAFSA campaign. English | Spanish
  • Finish Line to the FAFSA handout. Download
  • FAFSA social media toolkit with graphics and sample posts. Download

Arizona College Connect is an innovative FAFSA database that provides authorized high school and district personnel with their student-level FAFSA data. This FAFSA tool is powered by the Arizona Board of Regents and made possible through funding from Helios Education Foundation and a data partnership with the Arizona Department of Education. Learn how schools can sign up here.

The Arizona FAFSA Challenge is a statewide initiative designed to increase FAFSA completions in our state. The Arizona FAFSA Challenge highlights the exceptional efforts that schools are making to encourage their seniors to complete this critical form. The significance of FAFSA completion directly impacts a student’s access to higher education opportunities. Those who complete the FAFSA are more likely to enroll in college, persist in their coursework and successfully obtain a degree. Learn more here.

FAFSA support videos

What is the FAFSA? 

FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a form used to apply for financial aid. Completing the FAFSA form is the only way to access the largest source of financial aid—federal student aid—to help you pay for college. It’s important to submit a FAFSA form every year you plan to attend college or career/trade school to remain eligible and receive aid.

Applying for financial aid with FAFSA 

The key to unlocking student aid to help you pay for college, career school, or trade school is submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Watch this video to prepare for submitting the 2024–25 FAFSA form.

Create and access your FSA ID 

If you plan to submit a 2024–25 FAFSA form, you will need to create a StudentAid.gov account username and password. Not only can you use your StudentAid.gov account to complete and sign the FAFSA form, but you can also use it to sign the Master Promissory Note to receive student loans. 

What’s changed for the 2024-25 FAFSA form? 

The FAFSA experience is changing, so make sure you’re in the know. Some of the biggest changes to the online FAFSA form for 2024–25 are the ability to access the status of your FAFSA form in your StudentAid.gov account and the ability to have your FAFSA information sent to up to 20 colleges, career schools, or trade schools. 

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