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The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available October 1, 2017. This page provides college-bound students and their families with updated 2018-2019 FAFSA completion information and instructions.


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What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an online form that must be submitted annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for federal student financial aid.


Why do I need to file a FAFSA?

The U.S. Department of Education uses the information provided on your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for aid from federal student financial assistance programs. New Jersey uses the FAFSA to determine your State grant and scholarship eligibility. Colleges and Universities may also use the FAFSA data to award their own aid.


What you will need to start your FAFSA:

  • FSA ID (fsaid.ed.gov) for Parent and Student
  • 2016 Tax Returns for Parent and Student
  • Social Security Numbers for Parent and Student
  • Other Income Information
  • State Issued Driver's License
  • Documentation as U.S. Permanent Residents or Eligible Citizens

Ready to file your FAFSA, Click here


Helpful Resources


How to create a FSA ID for student and parent(s)

View/Download (PDF)

YouTube Video

Steps on how to apply for federal and State aid

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YouTube Video

FAFSA Completion Instructions View/Download (PDF)
Use of Prior, Prior and IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) questions and answers

View/Download (PDF)

New Jersey Financial Aid Management System (NJFAMS) View/Download (PDF)

Financial Aid Information Session flyer for use to advertise your event's date, time, and location. View/Download (PDF)

NJFAFSA Days Handout

Print and download this sheet as a quick resource for students english (pdf) spanish (pdf)


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