FAFSA Now Available To Students In October

Oct 5, 2016
Wyman Center

Students are now able to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid earlier than Jan. 1st.

On Oct. 1st the online application for financial aid became available three months earlier for both future and currently enrolled college students.

The change allows high school students three additional months to compare the awards they receive from different schools they’ve applied to.

The new application only requires students to provide their 2015 tax information without the need to later update it using 2016’s.

Look closely.

Buried deep in President Obama's 2016 budget (Page 41) is a proposal to cut up to 30 questions from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The Obama administration has already done a lot to make the FAFSA easier — if not shorter. Online technology now allows students to skip questions that don't apply to them.

Record number of students apply for financial aid

May 10, 2013
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Missouri volunteers help a record number of students in the state apply for financial aid.

Jesse Hall and the Mizzou columns
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

The state of Missouri is holding a series of free financial aid workshops for prospective college students.

The events are known as "FAFSA Frenzy." The acronym stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a rite of passage for most college-bound students this time of year as the priority deadline for federal aid approaches.

Workshops are scheduled across the state on Saturday and Sunday, with a handful planned for later in February and early March.