Scholarships and financial aid

FAFSA general information

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, provides over $80 billion annually in financial assistance for college. To receive federal student aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after October 1. There are three ways that a student can complete the FAFSA:

  1. Apply online at the Federal Student Aid website.
  2. Download and complete a PDF version of the FAFSA on the Federal Student Aid website. (Note: PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing.)
  3. Request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665

    FAFSA OR TASFA? Depending on your situation you will apply for financial aid one of two ways:
  • If you have a Social Security Number, you will fill out the FAFSA
  • If you do not have a Social Security Number or have a Social Security Number through DACA, you will fill out the TASFA


Do not go to to complete your FAFSA. This website charges you a fee to file your financial aid information with FAFSA.

FAFSA is a free service. Do not pay.