FAFSA Resources You Can Trust

The many US Department of Education delays with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, can be frustrating. However, Elmira College is taking steps to ensure students will have access to their aid offers as quickly as possible. If you still have to complete the FAFSA and aren’t certain what to expect, check out this Federal Student Aid video that provides an overview of the FAFSA form. Also, beyond knowing what resources to trust, check out the FAFSA Checklist and FAFSA Myths Busted articles for additional support.

When you are ready, complete the FAFSA online at studentaid.gov. EC’s federal school code is 002718.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to EC’s Financial Aid Office 607-735-1728 with any questions about financial aid opportunities or forms!

Resources You Can Trust

Many reliable sources can also help you unpack the financial aid process, including the staff at the Elmira College Office of Financial Aid. They are eager to help answer your questions and walk you through the necessary steps.

Reliable places include:

  • Studentaid.gov
    The home of federal student aid and the FAFSA form. There’s also a new Financial Aid Estimator Tool, which gives a first look at how much aid a student/family could be eligible for based on answers to a few quick questions.

  • Federal Student Aid YouTube Channel
    This channel is run by the division of the U.S. Department of Education that administers the FAFSA. It’s presented in bite-sized videos that make it easy to focus on specific areas of help.

  • Guidance Counselors/Community Based Organizations (CBOs)
    High school guidance and college counselors and non-profit Community Based Organizations are there to help navigate all aspects of college, from academics to social to finances. Be sure to check their event schedules, as many high schools and CBOs hold financial aid information nights regularly.

  • Trusted publications and websites
    Longstanding entities like the College Board, College Navigator, US News, and NACAC (the National Association of College Admissions Counselors) are known and trusted sources. It’s always a good idea to check multiple sources and to confirm anything with studentaid.gov and your college’s financial aid office.

Remember the FAFSA is always free to file.

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