The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your student’s key to obtaining grants, loans, and work study opportunities. Previously, parents of high school seniors have had to wait until after taxes were filed in January of their student’s senior year to file the FAFSA. For the Class of 2020, the federal government has made the 2020-2021 FAFSA available beginning 01 October 2019.
- Parents of seniors in the Class of 2020 will use their 2018 income tax information to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA for seniors beginning college in the Fall 2020 semester. Students who plan on beginning college during the Summer 2020 semester will also need to complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA using their 2017 income tax information.
- Both parents and students must have an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA online. FSA IDs may be obtained by clicking on this FSA ID link.
- I strongly recommend all parents fill out their child’s FAFSA online using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This minimizes chances of errors and makes the process more efficient. The FAFSA may be filled out online by clicking on this FAFSA link.
- While FAFSAs can be filled out at anytime before the end of the desired academic year, some colleges and the state of Missouri do have deadlines. Check college websites to find out when they recommend your student have the FAFSA completed. For the state of Missouri, the priority deadline for Access Missouri Grants will most likely be 01 February 2019.
- The FAFSA information will be sent to the schools your child lists on the FAFSA. Students can add up to ten schools as recipients of FAFSA information. This information can be edited at anytime. Schools are added to the FAFSA list by their FAFSA number. This number can be found either by searching when completing the FAFSA, or by looking up the number on this FAFSA School Code Search link.
It would be impossible for me to provide your student with all available scholarship applications and opportunities. I use email and student mailboxes at school to provide applications and/or information about scholarships as they are made known to me. I also recommend students search online for scholarships. See the information below for links to scholarship search engines and for information about upcoming scholarship deadlines.
General Scholarship Resources:
- Missouri Connections (See Ms. Hill if you don’t remember your username and password)
- Journey to College
- Scholarship Central
- Going Merry
- The American Legion
- Sallie Mae Scholarship Search
- My Scholarship Central
- ESA Scholarship Foundation
Current Scholarship Opportunities and Deadlines: