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 student 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 all of your potential financial aid and scholarship options.

Who can fill out the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is open to U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens.

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Where do you fill out the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is available online at The application is completely free to fill out and help is available if you have questions. You'll need to complete the FAFSA every year you plan to attend college.

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When do you fill out the FAFSA?

For students seeking aid for the 2024–2025 academic year, the FAFSA will open in December 2023 instead of October when it usually opens.

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Free expert help is available!

Making plans for after high school graduation? Put FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – at the top of your list. Arizona experts are available now via textphone or in person to help Arizona students and families for free! 

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 to provide students and families free support with FAFSA completion, college applications and next steps for enrollment.

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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.


College access centers

Organizations across Arizona are also available to help students and families with FAFSA support. Some include:

Be A Leader Foundation
College Connect Tempe
College Depot
Metropolitan Education Commission
Tri-University Events
Aliento - Mixed-status FAFSA completion survey

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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, you will need to create a account username and password. Not only can you use your 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 account and the ability to have your FAFSA information sent to up to 20 colleges, career schools, or trade schools. 

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Northern Arizona University

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University of Arizona

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