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  • 5 Fast Facts About FAFSA

    Scholarship Month

    There’s a lot of talk about FAFSA when you’re preparing for the upcoming year of college. But do you really understand what it is and how it helps you? Here are 5 fast facts about the FAFSA and what it does for you!

    1. What does FAFSA stand for? What is the FAFSA?

    FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA is a form to be completed by current and prospective college students (both undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. After completing the FAFSA every year, you’ll be told if you are eligible for scholarships, grants, work-study and student loans. 

    2. Am I required to fill-out a FAFSA?

    The FAFSA is required for citizens and permanent residents of the United States who wish to apply for federal student aid. So, no it is not required but it is highly recommended if you want or need financial assistance.

    3. Do I have to complete the FAFSA every year?

    Yes. The FAFSA is a form that needs to be completed annually in order to stay eligible for federal student aid.

    4. When can I apply for FAFSA?

    The FAFSA form opens every year on October 1st for the next school year. So, if you’ll be attending school for the 2018-2019 school year, FAFSA is already open! It is highly recommended that you complete the FAFSA as early as possible so you don’t miss out on any assistance.

    5. How do I complete the FAFSA?

    There are a few different ways to complete the FAFSA. The fastest and easiest method is by completing the form on Other options include printing the FAFSA form and mailing it in.

    In order to submit the FAFSA you’ll need to prepare a handful of materials. You should prepare to submit your personal information such as your name, birthday, and address. Additionally, you should have on-hand your social security number, your parents social security number (if you are a dependent student), your driver’s license number, your federal tax information or tax returns, your parents federal tax information or tax returns (if you are a dependent student), records of your untaxed income, records of your parents untaxed income (if you are a dependent student), and information about any other assets (such as stocks/bonds, investments, banking information).

    Dean College believes in making a private college education as affordable as possible. Each year 90 percent of our students receive some combination of Dean scholarships and grants and about 80 percent of our student body receives federal and/or state financial aid. To learn more about financial aid options at Dean College, visit

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