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Federal Student Aid

Are you looking for grant money? If your answer is yes, then the first place to begin your search would be FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Check out the url to get a copy of FAFSA's application form, which is available for download. After your application, you will be automatically match with aid programs that best suit you. A good way to ensure the approval of your FAFSA application is to complete the application no sooner after you or your parents (if you're a dependent student) get a copy of the federal income tax done from the previous year.

Although there is a general deadline for FAFSA applications, the deadline of concern to you is that set by schools, which is earlier than the federal deadline.

Below are some tips to assist you in your free application for federal grant money:

1. Gather necessary documents

Free application for federal grant money requires that you have the following: *Social security number *Driver's license *Income tax return *Bank statements *Investment records *Copy of federal income tax return from previous year (if you're dependent on your parents)

2. FAFSA web worksheet

On the FAFSA website, a worksheet is available for download. It contains questions that require definite answers. The web worksheet is a tool (you can print) that assists you in free application for federal grant money.

3. Signing your FAFSA

There are 2 ways to doing this. The first is via the Department of Education PIN (personal information number), or by mailing a signature page.

4. Federal Student Aid eligibility

Free application for federal grant money requires the following:

*US citizenship or eligible non-citizen *Have a valid social security number ( waiver for citizens of Republic of Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau) *Comply with selective service registration (see www.sss.gov for more information) *High school diploma or general education development (GED) certificate or pass approved ability-to-benefit (ATB) test *Be enrolled in an eligible program at school participating in the federal student aid program

FAFSA free application for federal grant money also requires:

*that applicant not owe refund on federal grant *that applicant not be in default on federal student loan *that applicant must have financial need ( except for unsubsidized Stafford loans) *that applicant not have certain drug convictions

Read more information on http://www.fafsa.ed.gov