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United States : First Step to Scholarships and Other Assistance is Completing Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

With the end of Michigans Scholarship Month, the Michigan Department of Treasury reminds students and their families that the very first step to take when applying for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Commonly known as a FAFSA, this federal application is typically the gateway to scholarships, grants, loans and other types of financial assistance used to pay for college. Individuals should complete their FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, even if they dont believe they qualify for any state aid.

Priority consideration for state aid programs is given to students whose FAFSA is received at the federal processor on or before March 1.

In most cases, the FASFA is the gateway to financial assistance for many students, said Anne Wohlfert, director the Treasurys Student Financial Services Bureau. Michigan students and their families shouldnt wait to complete this very important form. It can be done online and typically takes about an hour to complete for the first time.

Prior to completing the online FAFSA, the student and at least one parent must obtain a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at This ID serves as a legal signature and confirms an applicants identity when accessing financial aid information through certain U.S. Department of Education websites.

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Date:Dec 2, 2017
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