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FAFSA Facts

A college education is an investment in your future. Fortunately, financial aid is available to help manage the cost. One of the most important steps you can take to find grants, scholarships and low-cost loans is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These handy tips will help you complete the FAFSA and start down the road to success!

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Determine your dependency status with UCanGo2’s Dependency Questionnaire available in the resources section at StartWithFAFSA.org

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Visit StartWithFAFSA.org to find FAFSA completion video tutorials, available in English and Spanish.