Beginning with the class of 2018, students are required to apply for federal financial aid for college before graduating. All seniors are now required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive a high school diploma.

    The new policy was adopted to significantly increase the number of students who go to college in the midst of a national hiring trend that’s requiring more employees to have postsecondary degrees.

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    An FSA ID must be created before completing the FAFSA. An FSA ID is a username and password that gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. Create An FSA ID

    You may choose any of these three methods to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

    · Login to apply online (Recommended) or

    · Complete a PDF FAFSA (Note: PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing) or

    · Request a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, please contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.

    The 2020–2021 FAFSA form will be available on Oct. 1, 2020. You can apply between Oct. 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.
    College Deadline
    Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about their definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date they receive your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

    Visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ for additional information