Career & College Readiness
Applying for financial aid on time is extremely important. Even if you do not qualify for any financial aid, your FAFSA application will still be used for applying for scholarships, grants, work-study, student employment, and student loans. If you miss the FAFSA priority funding deadline, you may not be considered for all financial aid programs.
To begin your application, you will first want to obtain a PIN number from the U.S. Department of Education. This PIN will serve as your e-signature on the electronic FAFSA, and will allow you to check the status of your application. Obtaining a PIN should be your first priority when beginning your FAFSA application.
The FAFSA priority funding deadline is the date by which the school must receive your FAFSA data from the Federal Processor. The Career Centers recommend that you submit your FAFSA by January 1, or no later than one month before your college's deadline.
There are many scholarships available to students to aid them in paying for college. If you are counting on using scholarship money for college, be prepared to work hard while writing the required essays and filling out applications. Pay attention to deadlines, and do your best to stay organized if you are applying for several or more scholarships. To find out more about applying for scholarships, contact your career counselor.