FAFSA Deadline Update: The FAFSA deadline for TN Promise and the TN Student Assistance Award has been extended to March 1, 2022.

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HOW TO FILL OUT THE FAFSA

Most federal and state financial aid programs require you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Filing the FAFSA is free! We’ve made it easy for you to gather the information you will need to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA is an important part of your higher education journey and it might even mean free money to cover your college costs.

Need help with the FAFSA?

Check out our resources on this page.

Read our Three-Step Guide to learn how to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, fill out the FAFSA, and review your Student Aid Report (SAR). 

Watch the Video Walk-throughs below to view each step of completing a FAFSA.

Contact Us if you need additional help completing the FAFSA. Reach out to us via email or by calling 615-350-8668. If your call is sent to voicemail, please leave a message with your name, high school name, and phone number (with area code). Someone from our team will respond promptly. 

Three-Step Guide to Completing the FAFSA

STEP 1. CREATE YOUR FSA ID (YOU AND YOUR PARENT)

Have you created a username/password for FAFSA?  If not, go to studentaid.gov, click create account, click get started, and complete the 7-step process to create your username/password. Both the student and parent will need to create a username/password.

STEP 2. FILING THE FAFSA (WITH YOUR PARENT)

Download the myStudentAid app or go to fafsa.gov, click login, select I am a student…, click log in to continue, enter the student’s username/password, click continue, click accept, and click start 2022-23 FAFSA Form.  Enter and reenter a four-digit number (e.g. 1234) as a save key

For help with each section, please see the video walk throughs at the bottom of this page.

STEP 3. REVIEW YOUR STUDENT AID REPORT (SAR)

The Student Aid Report (SAR) summarizes the information you submitted on your FAFSA and provides information about financial aid eligibility based on that information. 

After submitting your FAFSA online, you’ll get your personal SAR within three days via email. If you have a username/password and your FAFSA has been processed, you can log in at fafsa.gov to view your SAR information. The school(s) you list on your FAFSA will have access to your SAR data electronically within a day after it is processed.

The SAR won’t tell you how much financial aid you’ll get, but if your application is complete, an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will display in the upper right-hand corner of your SAR and your estimated  Pell Grant amount will be provided. The lower the EFC, the more likely you will earn Pell Grant dollars. If your application is incomplete, your SAR will not include an EFC or Pell amount, but it will tell you what you need to do to resolve any issues. 

SUCCESS TIPS:

— When you get your SAR, review it carefully to make sure it’s correct and complete. The school(s) you listed on your FAFSA will use SAR information to determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid. A school may ask you to verify the accuracy of the data you provide on the FAFSA, a process called “verification”, so you need to be sure the information is correct.

— If your EFC is blank on your SAR or if there is a “C” after the number, you need to make corrections to your FAFSA. It is extremely important that you make these corrections to your FAFSA to receive financial aid. Your SAR will provide you with details about the errors in your FAFSA.

— If there is an asterisk (*) next to your EFC, this means that your FAFSA has been selected for verification. Being selected for verification is common and means that you will need to work with your college to complete a few extra steps to verify the information you provided on your FAFSA.

Video Walk-throughs

How to Create an FSA ID

How to Complete the FAFSA, Part 1

How to Complete the FAFSA, Part 2

How to Complete the FAFSA, Part 3

How to Complete the FAFSA, Part 4

How to Complete the FAFSA, Part 5

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