Students can now start filing for financial aid for upcoming school year

Published: Oct. 1, 2018 at 7:58 AM CDT
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An important day for college students and their parents.

Students can start filing for a free application for federal student aid or "FAFSA" for the upcoming school year.

The FAFSA is the application for federal, state, and college-based financial aid. You can complete the form at on or after October 1, 2018 using 2017 income tax data.

Before starting the FAFSA, students should create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at Parents of dependent students must also create one. The IDs are needed to retrieve tax information and electronically sign the FAFSA.

Colleges will use the results of the FAFSA to determine the types and amount of financial aid they will award. This could be a combination of scholarships, grants, work-study, and student loans.

EducationQuest Foundation provides free FAFSA Tools at to help families through the process.

For free personal help, call the EducationQuest location nearest you to set up an appointment: Omaha – 888.357.6300, Lincoln – 800.303.3745, Kearney – 800.666.3721, or Scottsbluff − 800.303.3745, ext. 6654.

Students who don't file the FAFSA forgo nearly $10,000 in aid, according to a study published in research in higher education.

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