To apply for federal student aid, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA is free and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to help pay for college expenses. Your FAFSA is also used to determine eligibility for state and institutional aid.
It’s important to file the new FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st. State and college based financial aid is given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Undergraduate Missouri resident students who submit their FAFSA by February 1st receive priority consideration for available state grants.
How to complete a FAFSA
Step 1 – Create an FSA ID – https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
Step 2 – File the FAFSA – https://fafsa.ed.gov
New for the 2017-2018 school year, the FAFSA will be available October 1st of each year.
Priority deadline for Missouri grant eligibility: February 1st.