A step-by-step guide to help you complete the FAFSA accurately
College can be expensive to attend. Fortunately, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows US Citizens and eligible noncitizens to apply for money to help pay for college and some job training programs.
For fall enrollment 2024-25, the window to apply for FAFSA opens in December the year before you plan to enroll. In other words, if you plan to enroll in college in Fall 2024, then you should complete your FAFSA in December 2023. Here are some other things to know:
If you’re a dependent student, you will report your and your parents’ information.
If you’re an independent student, you will report your own information (and, if you’re married, your spouse’s).
If you are unsure or have questions, make sure to check in your with advisor for extra support.
For Chicago-based students: the Illinois Student Assistance Corps is a talented group of recent college graduates who have been trained on supporting students across Illinois through financial aid applications and FAFSA verification.