Q: If I apply for the FAFSA, will this make me eligible for all of the FAFSA scholarships offered to college students?
A: FAFSA, which stands for the Free Application For Federal Student Aid, is a students “gateway” to federal and state grants for college, federal student loans for college, and federal work-study opportunities. Completing and filing the FAFSA will not evaluate a student’s eligibility for any scholarships for college. Students may easily confuse grants with scholarships, because the two are similar in that they offer free money for college. While there are no “FAFSA scholarships” offered, completing the FAFSA will make you eligible to receive federal grant money for college, if you qualify, and grants (much like scholarships) offer money for college that does not need to be repaid by the recipient. It is important that students who are in need of money for college understand that filing the FAFSA and applying for scholarships will be done separately. Both, completing the FAFSA and applying for college scholarships are among the most important steps an individual will need to take when it comes to financing their college education.
All college students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as they qualify for, since they will provide you with free money for college. To get started learning about scholarships for college, please view the following: How to Find College Scholarships 101. Filing a FAFSA is a something that should be done by every college student in need of money for college. Even if you assume (or are told) that you will not qualify for federal financial aid for college, it is still recommended that you file a FAFSA. Filing the FAFSA is free, and students have nothing to lose by filing. To learn more about the FAFSA you can read collegewhale.com’s Free eGuide: FAFSA: It’s Not Really That Difficult or visit www.fafsa.gov for more information.