All Financial Aid Toolkit Resources

Explore this page to see all the fact sheets, videos, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, sample tweets, and other resources we've provided to help you advise students about financial aid.

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10 Common FAFSA® Mistakes to Avoid article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article listing common mistakes students make when filling out and submitting the 2023–24 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


13 Things to Know When Evaluating Your Financial Aid Offers article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article detailing what students need to know for reviewing and interpreting financial aid offers.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


15 Myths We're Busting About the FAFSA® Process article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article for students debunking common myths about the 2023–24 FAFSA form and process.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


2023–24 Application and Verification Guide(Result Type: General)
Description: A guide for counselors who help students begin the federal student aid process–filling out the FAFSA form, verifying information, and making corrections.
Resource Type: Professional Guide


2023–24 Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid*(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Publication for counselors explaining federal student aid programs and how to guide students through the FAFSA process during the 2023–24 award year. [919 KB]
Resource Type: Professional Guide


2023–24 FAFSA Demonstration Site(Result Type: General)
Description: Online tool increasing counselors' understanding of fafsa.gov. Complete a sample 2023–24 FAFSA form or make corrections with students before they apply for aid.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


2023–24 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet(Result Type: General)
Description: Worksheet that provides a preview of the questions students and parents may be asked while completing the FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Handout
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


2023–24 FAFSA® Help(Result Type: General)
Description: Web page providing students and parents with answers to questions about the 2023–24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA® ) process.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


2023–24 FAFSA® Form on StudentAid.gov Preview Presentation(Result Type: General)
Description: Presentation providing screenshots of the 2023–24 fafsa.gov application. Feel free to use the screenshots as you compile your own presentations.
Resource Type: Presentation


2023–24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid PDF(Result Type: PDF)
Description: The Department of Education's form for federal student aid. The online FAFSA form became available on Oct. 1, 2022, for the 2023–24 award year.
Resource Type: Handout
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2023–24 Graduate/Professional College Financing Plan Template(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Consumer tool that can be used to help graduate and professional students understand and compare school aid offers. [81KB]
Resource Type: Handout


2023–24 Student Aid Report (SAR) Acknowledgement*(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Sample SAR Acknowledgement for financial aid office staff and college access counselors to familiarize themselves with what their students may receive.
Resource Type: Handout
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2023–24 Student Aid Report*(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Sample Student Aid Report for financial aid office staff and college access counselors to familiarize themselves with what their students may receive.
Resource Type: Handout
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2023–24 Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System(Result Type: General)
Description: Document describing updates to the 2023–24 FAFSA form and processing system. Written for college financial aid staff; some sections useful to counselors or mentors.
Resource Type: Professional Guide


2023–24 Undergraduate College Financing Plan Template(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Consumer tool that can be used to help undergraduate students understand and compare school aid offers. [78 KB]
Resource Type: Handout


2024–25 Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid*(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Publication for counselors explaining federal student aid programs and how to guide students through the FAFSA process during the 2024–25 award year. [483 KB]
Resource Type: Professional Guide


2024–25 FAFSA Contributor Prep webinar (December 2023)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar explaining the role of the contributor on the 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


2024–25 FAFSA Prototype Preview for Dependent Students webinar (October 2023)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar providing a demonstration of the 2024–25 FAFSA Prototype for dependent students.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


2024–25 FAFSA Prototype Preview for Independent Students webinar (October 2023)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar providing a demonstration of the 2024–25 FAFSA Prototype for independent students.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


2024–25 FAFSA® Form Preview Presentation(Result Type: General)
Description: Presentation providing screenshots of the 2024–25 FAFSA form. Feel free to use the screenshots as you compile your own presentations.
Resource Type: Presentation


2024–25 FAFSA® Changes sample email(Result Type: General)
Description: Sample email offering updates about the upcoming FAFSA changes and ways students and families can stay informed.
Resource Type: Email Content


2024–25 FAFSA® Prototype(Result Type: General)
Description: Web-based design tool allowing users to navigate specific scenarios that many 2024–25 applicants will encounter on the live website.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid PDF(Result Type: PDF)
Description: The Department of Education's form for federal student aid. The online FAFSA form became available in December 2023, for the 2024–25 award year.
Resource Type: Handout
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


2024–25 Graduate/Professional College Financing Plan Template(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Consumer tool helping graduate and professional students understand and compare school aid offers. [423KB]
Resource Type: Handout


2024–25 Student Aid Index (SAI) and Pell Grant Eligibility Guide PDF(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Guide explaining the Student Aid Index (SAI) and its calculation to determine students' eligibility for federal student aid.
Resource Type: How-To Guide


2024–25 Summary of Changes PDF(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Document describing updates to the 2024–25 FAFSA form and process. Written for college financial aid staff; some sections useful to counselors or mentors.
Resource Type: Professional Guide


2024–25 Undergraduate College Financing Plan Template(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Consumer tool helping undergraduate students understand and compare school aid offers. [384 KB]
Resource Type: Handout


3 FAFSA Deadlines You Need to Know Now article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article detailing the three types of FAFSA deadlines (college, state, and federal) students need to know.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


3 Ways to Spot Student Loan Scams article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article listing signs to help borrowers identify a scam by a student loan debt relief company.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


4 Beginner Tips for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Success article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article providing borrowers with four tips to apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


4 Loan Forgiveness Programs for Teachers article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article telling teachers with federal student loans about four loan forgiveness program options that they may be eligible for.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


4 Things to Consider in Choosing a College or Career School article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article describing College Scorecard, a tool to answer questions about costs, graduation, debt, and typical earnings after enrollment.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


4 Things to Know About Marriage and Student Loan Debt article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article explaining how marriage affects the borrower's income-driven student loan payments.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


4 Ways to Manage Your Federal Student Aid (Grants, Loans, and Work-Study) article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article covering four free resources to help student's track their financial aid during college or career school.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


5 Things College Access Professionals Should Know(Result Type: General)
Description: Web page including key details about the FAFSA changes to help college access professionals guide students through the FAFSA process.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


5 Things To Know Before Consolidating Federal Student Loans article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article listing the pros and cons before federal student loan borrowers consolidate their federal student loans.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


5 Things You Should Do After Filing Your 2023–24 FAFSA® Form article (Result Type: General)
Description: Article listing five things students should do to prepare to pay for school, even after submitting the 2023–24 FAFSA® form.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


5 Ways To Pay Off Your Student Loans Faster article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article listing five ways borrowers can pay off their federal student loans faster and save money.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


6 Things You Should Know About the SAVE Plan article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article exploring six things students should know about the newest income-driven repayment (IDR) plan—the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


7 FAQs About Income-Driven Repayment Plans article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article answering common questions student may have about income-drive repayment plans.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


7 Key Changes Coming to the 2024–25 FAFSA® Experience article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article explaining changes to the 2024–25 FAFSA experience.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


7 Options if You Didn't Receive Enough Financial Aid article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article telling students about other ways to pay for their education if they didn't receive enough financial aid to cover school expenses.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2023–24 FAFSA® Form article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article listing the documents and materials (e.g., tax records, Social Security number, and FSA ID) students need to complete the 2023–24 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


8 Easy Steps for Parents Completing the 2023–24 FAFSA® Form article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article providing parents with simple steps to complete the 2023–24 FAFSA form for the first time and help their children obtain federal student aid.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


8 Steps To Completing the 2023–24 FAFSA® Form article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article listing eight simple steps for students to submit the 2023–24 FAFSA form on time.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


8 Things You Should Know About Federal Work-Study article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article providing eight facts and tips to help students navigate the Federal Work-Study Program.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


9 Myths About the FSA ID article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article debunking some common myths about the FSA ID.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


9 Things First-Time College Students Need To Know article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article helping first-time college students prepare and plan before starting school.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


About Federal Student Aid video(Result Type: General)
Description: An overview of the Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid and its role in providing financial aid to help pay for college or career school.
Resource Type: Video
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(Result Type: VIDEO)


After the FAFSA Form: What Happens Next video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video describing what happens after a student submits the 2023–24 FAFSA form. Includes info about the Student Aid Report, EFC, and receiving aid.
Resource Type: Video
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(Result Type: VIDEO)


Applying for Financial Aid With the FAFSA® Form video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining how students can apply for financial aid using the FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Video


Are Your Students Thinking About College?(Result Type: PDF)
Description: IRS fact sheet intended to raise counselors' awareness of education tax benefits such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit. [97 KB]
Resource Type: Handout


Become a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Help Tool Ninja article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article summarizing how to use the PSLF Help Tool for federal student loan borrowers.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


Better FAFSA® Better Future Overview video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video highlighting how the FAFSA changes will benefit applicants.
Resource Type: Video


Budgeting video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video providing an overview of how budgeting can help students make smart financial decisions, as well as info on creating and maintaining a budget.
Resource Type: Video
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(Result Type: VIDEO)


Career Search(Result Type: General)
Description: Career search tool for students exploring potential careers with info on typical duties, education needed, average salary, and more.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


Checklists for Academic and Financial Preparation(Result Type: General)
Description: Checklists helping students (elementary, middle, and high school), as well as adults and parents prepare financially and academically for college.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


College Access Professionals 2024–25 FAFSA Demo (August 2023)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar providing college access professionals with a tour of new features and discussion on important updates to the 2024–25 FAFSA experience.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


College Navigator (College Search Website)(Result Type: General)
Description: College search tool allowing students to find colleges and career schools by location, degrees, tuition, etc.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


College Scorecard(Result Type: General)
Description: An interactive tool for students finding and comparing colleges with info on college costs, graduation rates, and the average amount students borrow.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


Compare Student Loan Repayment Plans With Our Student Loan Calculator article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article explaining how students can use Loan Simulator—student loan repayment calculator—to figure out which loan repayment plan is right for them.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


Complete the Financials Section of the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining how students and parents can complete the financials section of the 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Video


Complete the Personal Circumstances and Demographics Sections of the FAFSA Form video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining steps that students need to take to complete the "Student Personal Circumstances" and "Student Demographics" sections.
Resource Type: Video


Complete Your PSLF Form in 5 Easy Steps video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video providing steps to complete the PSLF form using the PSLF Help Tool.
Resource Type: Video


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's financial path to graduation tool(Result Type: General)
Description: Web tool helping students to determine each school's net price–their actual out-of-pocket cost.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Student Loan Debt Collection Assistant(Result Type: General)
Description: Online tool providing information and advice on paying off student loans.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


Create and Access Your StudentAid.gov Account video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video detailing how to create a StudentAid.gov account. For the 2024–25 FAFSA form, students will need a StudentAid.gov account username and password.
Resource Type: Video


Creating and Using Your StudentAid.gov Account: An Overview*(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Presentation providing an overview of the StudentAid.gov account, including how to create it, where it can be used, and how to troubleshoot some common errors. [15.8 MB]
Resource Type: Presentation


Direct Loan Entrance Counseling Guide(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Guide that helps federal student loan borrowers understand what it means to take out a federal student loan. [16 MB]
Resource Type: How-To Guide


Direct Loan Exit Counseling Guide(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Guide providing an overview of information federal student loan borrowers need to successfully repay their federal student loan(s). [13 MB]
Resource Type: How-To Guide


Do You Need Money for College or Career/Trade School?(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Publication providing students with information on applying for aid, types of federal student aid, and eligibility. [404 KB]
Resource Type: Handout
Also Available in: Text Version(Result Type: General)Spanish(Result Type: PDF)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: General)


Educational and Training Vouchers for Current and Former Foster Care Youth(Result Type: General)
Description: Web page informing current and former foster care youth about the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program's Educational and Training Vouchers.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


Eligibility for Federal Student Aid graphic(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Graphic laying out the criteria that determine a student's eligibility for federal student aid. [3.36 MB]
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: Text version(Result Type: General)


Exit Counseling Guide Form: Student Contact Information and Acknowledgement of Exit Counseling(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Form for federal student loan borrowers who didn't complete exit counseling online to confirm their contact information and exit counseling completion. [60 KB]
Resource Type: Handout


FAFSA Changes — Student Aid Index(Result Type: General)
Description: Web page discussing the change to Student Aid Index.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


FAFSA Changes FAQs(Result Type: General)
Description: Web page providing answers to frequently asked questions to help college access professionals understand the FAFSA changes.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


FAFSA Changes: An Overview webinar (May 2023)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar informing school counselors and college access professionals about changes to FAFSA form and process starting the 2024–25 award year.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


FAFSA Completion Data(Result Type: General)
Description: Federal Student Aid's Data Center web page informing counselors on FAFSA completion based on high school, postsecondary school, and state.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


FAFSA Dependency Status graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that helps 2023–24 FAFSA applicants determine their dependency status. [2.76 MB]
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: PDF(Result Type: PDF)Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text version(Result Type: General)Text version - Spanish(Result Type: General)PDF - Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


FAFSA Submission Summary Sample(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Sample FAFSA Submission Summary for financial aid staff and college access counselors to familiarize themselves with what their students may receive.
Resource Type: Handout
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


fafsa.gov(Result Type: General)
Description: The official online form for federal student aid for college or career school. Submit the form online, make corrections, and check application status.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


FAFSA: Determining Dependency Status video(Result Type: General)
Description: Walk through the criteria for determining whether a 2023–24 FAFSA applicant is an independent or dependent student.
Resource Type: Video
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(Result Type: VIDEO)


FAFSA® Changes Overview (Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet highlighting key info college access professionals need to know to help prepare students and parents for the changes to the FAFSA process.
Resource Type: Handout


FAFSA® Tips for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth(Result Type: General)
Description: Web page informing unaccompanied homeless youth on how to fill out and complete the FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


FAFSA®Overview video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video providing an overview of the 2023–24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and the application process.
Resource Type: Video


Federal School Code Search(Result Type: General)
Description: Online tool for students finding Federal School Codes for the schools they're interested in including on the FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


Federal Student Aid and Identity Theft(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Ways to avoid identity theft during the student aid process. [44 KB]
Resource Type: Handout
Related: Don't Get Scammed on Your Way to College(Result Type: PDF)


Federal Student Aid Estimator(Result Type: General)
Description: An aid calculator giving students an early estimate of federal student aid eligibility and helping them understand their options for paying for college.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


Federal Student Aid Glossary(Result Type: General)
Description: Online glossary defining frequently used terms in federal student aid.
Resource Type: Glossary, Web Resource or Tool


Federal Student Aid's Facebook Page(Result Type: General)
Description: Official Federal Student Aid Facebook posts about the financial aid process. Share with students, borrowers, and parents.
Resource Type: Social Media Content


Federal Student Aid's FSA Outreach YouTube Channel(Result Type: General)
Description: Videos providing students, borrowers, and college access professionals with information about Federal Student Aid's programs, tools, and resources.
Resource Type: Social Media Content, Video


Federal Student Aid's Instagram Page(Result Type: General)
Description: Official Federal Student Aid Instagram posts about the financial aid process. Share information with the students, borrowers, and parents who follow you.
Resource Type: Social Media Content


Federal Student Aid's LinkedIn Page(Result Type: General)
Description: Official Federal Student Aid LinkedIn posts about the financial aid process. Share information with the students, borrowers, and parents who follow you.
Resource Type: Social Media Content


Federal Student Aid's Twitter Page(Result Type: General)
Description: Official Federal Student Aid tweets about the financial aid process; retweet to share information with the students, borrowers, and parents who follow you.
Resource Type: Social Media Content


Federal Student Aid's YouTube Channel(Result Type: General)
Description: Videos to inform students and parents about the financial aid process, including applying for aid and repaying federal student loans.
Resource Type: Social Media Content, Video


Federal Student Aid: Find the Info You Need(Result Type: PDF)
Description: List of financial aid topics and where to find information about them. Includes the FAFSA® process, types of aid, repaying loans, grad school, and parents. [143.61 KB]
Resource Type: Handout


Federal Student Loans: Repaying Your Loans(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Guide providing information about federal student loan repayment plan options, finding loan history and loan servicers, and making payments. [4.39 MB]
Resource Type: Handout
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Filling Out the FAFSA® Form(Result Type: General)
Description: Web page providing students with information about filling out the FAFSA® form and applying for federal student aid.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: General)


Financial Aid and College Preparation Resources for Native Americans(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet providing list of resources that Native Americans can use to learn about preparing for and paying for college. [50 KB]
Resource Type: Handout


Financial Aid Bootcamp: How To Prepare for the 2024–25 FAFSA Form webinar (October 2023)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar informing students and parents how to prepare for starting and completing the 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


Financial Aid Bootcamp: How To Select the Best College Using the College Scorecard(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar guiding students on how to use the College Scorecard for finding and comparing colleges.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


Financial Aid Toolkit fact sheet(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Highlights of FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov, a site for school counselors, college access advisers, and others who help students find money for college. [380 KB]
Resource Type: Handout


Find the Right School for You with the College Scorecard video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video for students explaining how to use College Scorecard and compare important information for up to 10 colleges or career schools.
Resource Type: Video


Finding Money for College or Career School*(Result Type: PPT)
Description: Presentation providing students with a basic introduction to types of financial aid and how to apply for federal student aid using the FAFSA form. [1.72 MB]
Resource Type: Presentation
Also Available in: PDF(Result Type: PDF)


Gather Information Required To Complete the FAFSA® Form video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video describing required documents and information that students will need to fill out the 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Video


Get Scholarship Help With These Basics and Tips article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article explaining the basics of scholarships and providing students with tips on how to apply.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


Getting a Federal Student Loan graphic(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Graphic guiding students through the steps of getting a federal student loan. [1.06 MB]
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: Text version(Result Type: General)


How Do I Complete the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form If My Parent Is a Noncitizen? video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining how students can complete the 2024–25 FAFSA form if their parent is a noncitizen.
Resource Type: Video


How To Avoid Student Loan Forgiveness Scams article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article explaining the most common student loan forgiveness scams, how to avoid them, and what borrowers can to do if they think they've been scammed.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


How to Avoid Summer Melt: 4 Tips for Incoming Freshmen article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article outlining tips to avoid "summer melt"— when students are accepted into college but never arrive in the fall.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


How To Complete Exit Counseling video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video providing a step-by-step guide on exit counseling— a course to help borrowers understand their responsibilities when repaying federal student loans.
Resource Type: Video


How To Complete the 2023–24 FAFSA® Form When You Have Multiple Children(Result Type: General)
Description: Article outlining four things parents need to know about filling out the 2023–24 FAFSA form when they have multiple children in college.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


How To Complete the 2024–25 FAFSA Form If My Parents Are Divorced or Separated video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining how students can complete the 2024–25 FAFSA form if their parents are divorced or separated.
Resource Type: Video


How To Create a StudentAid.gov Account If I Don't Have a Social Security Number video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining how create to an account if the contributor doesn't have a Social Security number.
Resource Type: Video


How to Create an Account and Username (FSA ID) for StudentAid.gov video(Result Type: General)
Description: Explains what an FSA ID is and why you need one, and provides the step-by-step process of creating an FSA ID.
Resource Type: Video


How to Deduct Student Loan Interest on Your Taxes (1098-E) article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article telling borrowers how to report student loan interest payments from the IRS Form 1098-E on their federal taxes to potentially get a deduction.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


How To Fill Out the FAFSA® Form video(Result Type: General)
Description: Learn about the steps for completing the 2023–24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.
Resource Type: Video


How To Manage Your Student Loans video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video providing info on how to manage student loans, including changing repayment plans, and options for students who are having trouble making payments.
Resource Type: Video
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(Result Type: VIDEO)


How To Regain Access to Your FSA ID (Account Username and Password) video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining how students can regain access to their FSA ID by retrieving their forgotten username or resetting their forgotten password.
Resource Type: Video


How To Select an Affordable Repayment Plan and Avoid Default webinar (October 2023)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar explaining ways to avoid and get out of default for federal student loan borrowers.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


Information for International Students Wishing to Attend College in the United States(Result Type: PDF)
Description: International students wishing to study in the U.S. should be aware of financial aid eligibility rules, visa rules, and required standardized tests. [172 KB]
Resource Type: Handout


Introducing Aid Summary video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video providing an overview of Dashboard's Aid Summary section.
Resource Type: Video


Introducing Our Loan Simulator Tool video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video providing an overview of Loan Simulator, a tool to help students and borrowers with their federal student loan decisions.
Resource Type: Video


Is My Parent A Contributor When I Fill Out My 2024–25 FAFSA Form? graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic helping dependent students determine which parent(s) is considered a contributor and must provide information on the FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: Text version(Result Type: General)


Loan Repayment Checklist(Result Type: General)
Description: Checklist helping borrowers manage and repay their federal student loans.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


Loan Simulator(Result Type: General)
Description: Online tool helping borrowers calculate federal student loan payments and choose a loan repayment option that best meets their needs and goals.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


Money Management Checklist for College Students(Result Type: PDF)
Description: This checklist helps students manage their financial lives while in school. [45 KB]
Resource Type: Handout


My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Workbook for middle and junior high school students with information on how to prepare for and how to pay for education beyond high school. [8.2 MB]
Resource Type: Handout


Next Gen FSA Sample Facebook Post 2(Result Type: General)
Description: Sample Facebook post with video describing what students and borrowers can expect from Next Gen FSA in the future. Share with the students and borrowers.
Resource Type: Social Media Content


Next Gen FSA Sample Tweet 2(Result Type: General)
Description: Sample tweet with video describing what students and borrowers can expect from Next Gen FSA in the future.
Resource Type: Social Media Content


Overview of Federal Repayment Plans webinar (January 2024)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar detailing the different federal student loan repayment options for borrowers.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


Overview of StudentAid.gov webinar (January 2024)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar providing students, parents, borrowers, and college access professionals with an overview of StudentAid.gov and how to find information.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


Overview of the Financial Aid Process graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic that reviews the availability of federal financial aid for college, the FAFSA® form, and the process for applying for and receiving aid. [0.98 MB]
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text version(Result Type: General)Text version - Spanish(Result Type: General)


Overview of the Financial Aid Process video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video providing an overview of federal student aid for college or career school, the FAFSA® form, and the process for applying for and receiving aid.
Resource Type: Video
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(Result Type: VIDEO)


Peace Corps and Repayment of Your Federal Student Loans(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet that provides answers to common questions about repaying federal student loans for students serving in the Peace Corp.
Resource Type: Handout


Play It Safe: Protect Yourself From Student Loan Scams video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video detailing how to avoid scams and what borrowers can do if they think they've been scammed.
Resource Type: Video


PLUS Loans: What to Do if You're Denied Based on Adverse Credit History article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article telling parents and graduate students what to do if their Direct PLUS Loan application is denied due to an adverse credit history.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


Poster Template(Result Type: DOC)
Description: This poster template can be used by organizations to create fliers for upcoming financial aid events. [0.98 MB]
Resource Type: Template
Related: Print Ad Template(Result Type: DOC)Presentation Template(Result Type: PPT)


Prepare for Student Loan Payments to Restart (Result Type: PDF)
Description: A fact sheet to share with borrowers about student loan payments restarting.
Resource Type: Handout


Presentation Template(Result Type: PPT)
Description: This presentation template may be used by organizations to create their own financial aid presentations. [2.09 MB]
Resource Type: Presentation, Template
Related: Print Ad Template(Result Type: DOC)Poster Template(Result Type: DOC)


Print Ad Template(Result Type: DOC)
Description: This print ad template can be used by organizations to create advertisements for upcoming financial aid events. [0.98 MB]
Resource Type: Template
Related: Poster Template(Result Type: DOC)Presentation Template(Result Type: PPT)


PSLF Help Tool(Result Type: General)
Description: Online tool helping borrowers understand PSLF and what is needed to participate and possibly have their loans forgiven.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


Public Service Loan Forgiveness graphic(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Graphic that highlights the requirements for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. [1.72 MB]
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: Text Version(Result Type: General)


Repayment 101 Get Help With Your Federal Student Loans(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar helping borrowers understand their options for managing their federal student loans.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


Repayment: What To Expect video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining what federal student loan borrowers can expect when their federal student loan enters repayment.
Resource Type: Video
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(Result Type: VIDEO)


Resources To Effectively Engage Families for Upcoming FAFSA Changes webinar (July 2023)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar exploring how college access professionals can use Federal Student Aid resources and tools to assist students completing the 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


Responsible Borrowing video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining responsible borrowing, loan repayment, and what borrowers should consider when taking out a loan for college or career school.
Resource Type: Video
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(Result Type: VIDEO)


Returning to Repayment Fact Sheet(Result Type: PDF)
Description: A fact sheet with key information about student loan payments restarting.
Resource Type: Handout


Review, Sign, and Submit Your 2024–25 FAFSA® Form video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining the steps that students need to take to review, sign, and submit their 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Video


Saving Early = Saving Smart! Watch Your Money Grow With Your Child(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet providing parents with tips on saving money for college or career school. [40 KB]
Resource Type: Handout
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)


Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video describing the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan—the newest income-driven repayment plan.
Resource Type: Video


School Search(Result Type: General)
Description: Online tool for students comparing important information like tuition amounts and graduation rates between colleges and career schools.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


Select Schools To Include on Your 2024–25 FAFSA® Form video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining what information students need to add colleges and career schools to their 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Video


Simple Steps To Transfer Tax Information Into Your FAFSA® Form graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic for students explaining how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax information into the 2023–24 FAFSA form. [895 KB]
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: Text Version(Result Type: General)Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: General)


So Your Loan Was Transferred, What's Next? article (Result Type: General)
Description: Article providing information borrowers need to know if their federal student loans are being transferred to a new servicer.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


Special Student Populations and Circumstances: 2024–25 FAFSA® Form (June 2023)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar providing college access professionals with information on how students can request adjustments due to special and unusual circumstances.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


Start Your 2024–25 FAFSA® Form video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining what students can expect when starting the 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Video


Student Loan Forgiveness (and Other Ways the Government Can Help You Repay Your Loans) article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article detailing ways borrowers could have their federal student loans forgiven or get help repaying them.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


Student Loan Repayment Options video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video providing an overview of federal student loan repayment options for borrowers. Includes info on loan consolidation, repayment plans, auto debit, and loan servicers.
Resource Type: Video


Students With Unusual Circumstances(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet explaining what unusual circumstances are, what changed on the FAFSA form, and what happens after the student applies for aid.
Resource Type: Handout


Suggested Email Language About Loans and Repayment for Undergraduate Borrowers(Result Type: DOC)
Description: Document that provides email language financial aid administrators and counselors can use in messaging to graduating students with loans. [30 KB]
Resource Type: Email Content


Summary of Early Changes for 2023–24(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet detailing the phased implementation of the FAFSA changes, including changes that were implemented for the 2023–24 award year.
Resource Type: Handout


Tackling the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Form: Employer Tips article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article providing information and resources borrowers need to certify their employer and submit their signature.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


The EFC Formula, 2023–24(Result Type: General)
Description: Guide explaining the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that results from the 2023–24 FAFSA form. EFC formula worksheets are included.
Resource Type: How-To Guide


The Versatile Student Loan Calculator: Loan Simulator article(Result Type: General)
Description: Article providing an overview of Loan Simulator, a tool to help students decide how much to borrow and understand what repayment would look like.
Resource Type: Article or Blog Post


Trouble Making Your Federal Student Loan Payments? graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic for federal student loan borrowers providing information on what to do if they are having trouble making their student loan payments. [3.95 MB]
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: PDF(Result Type: PDF)Text Version(Result Type: General)Spanish(Result Type: IMG)PDF - Spanish(Result Type: PDF)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: General)


Types of Federal Student Aid graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic for students and parents detailing the three types of federal student aid, other financial aid sources, and the FAFSA form. [276 KB]
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text Version(Result Type: General)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: General)


Types of Federal Student Aid Graphic (Short Version)(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Simple graphic showing the three types of federal student aid (grants, loans, work-study) for college or career school. Lists URLs for details and FAFSA. [109 KB]
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text Version(Result Type: PDF)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Types of Federal Student Aid Graphic(Result Type: IMG)


Types of Federal Student Aid video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining different types of federal student aid (grants, work-study funds, and loans) available to students.
Resource Type: Video
Also Available in: Spanish-captioned video(Result Type: VIDEO)


U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship Finder(Result Type: General)
Description: Free scholarship search tool for students finding scholarships along with information on how to apply.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


Understand and Prepare FAFSA® Form Contributors video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video helping students understand who may be identified as a contributor on their 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Video


Undocumented Students and Financial Aid(Result Type: General)
Description: Web page providing answers to frequently asked questions about financial aid for undocumented students and DACA recipients.
Resource Type: Web Resource or Tool


Use Loan Simulator To Find the Right Repayment Plan for You video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining how borrowers can use the Loan Simulator to find a student loan repayment plan.
Resource Type: Video


What Does It Mean To Provide Consent and Approval on the 2024–25 FAFSA Form? video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining what students and their contributors agree to when providing consent and approval on the 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Video


What Happens After Submitting Your FAFSA® Form? video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining what students can expect after submitting the 2024–25 FAFSA form..
Resource Type: Video


What Happens After Your FAFSA® Form Is Processed? video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining what students can expect after their 2024–25 FAFSA form is processed.
Resource Type: Video


What Is FAFSA®? video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video describing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form—a form used to apply for financial aid.
Resource Type: Video


What To Know About Return To Repayment and the New SAVE Plan webinar (October 2023)(Result Type: General)
Description: Webinar explaining federal student loan repayment plans.
Resource Type: Webinar or Audio File


What's Changed for the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form? video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video outlining the major changes and improvements coming to the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.
Resource Type: Video


Where's My Financial Aid? video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining when and how students will receive their financial aid.
Resource Type: Video


Who Is a Contributor on the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form? video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video describing a what a contributor is and their role on the 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Video


Who's My Parent When I Fill Out My FAFSA® Form? graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic helping dependent students determine which parent's information to include in the FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: IMG)Text Version(Result Type: General)Text Version - Spanish(Result Type: General)


Why Do My Contributors and I Need Our Own Accounts for the 2024–25 FAFSA Form? video(Result Type: General)
Description: Video explaining why students and their contributors need StudentAid.gov accounts to access and complete the 2024–25 FAFSA form.
Resource Type: Video


Why Go to College or Career School? graphic(Result Type: IMG)
Description: Graphic showing the average earnings for people 25 years of age and older with different levels of education.
Resource Type: Infographic
Also Available in: Text Version(Result Type: General)