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Seniors – file your FAFSA now. $120 BILLION is available for college!

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA is how you apply for federal student aid programs to help pay for college or career education.

Completing and submitting the FAFSA form is free. It gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to help pay for college or career school. That could include class fees, campus housing and food, books and supplies, transportation and other related costs. Many states and some private scholarships use the FAFSA to see if you qualify for aid.

The FAFSA asks for information about family finances, including tax returns (see full checklist here), so you will need to sit down as a family to complete it.

Filling out the FAFSA could be your chance to earn some of the $120 billion in grants, work-study and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education.


  • Both a parent and student need to create an FSA ID before completing the FAFSA. This will be your FAFSA log-in.
  • Submitting the FAFSA is the most important thing your child can do to access financial aid.
  • The FAFSA is free—you should not pay anyone to prepare it for you.
  • You need to submit a new FAFSA before each school year if you want to get aid. If you plan to apply for aid throughout college, you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA each year.
  • Both parent and student will need to use their own permanent email address on the form, so you can use your FAFSA account for several years.

If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA, you can use the College Funding Estimator as an alternative for some scholarships and schools.

FAFSA Appointments at School

What: FREE help filling out the FAFSA. One-on-one appointments for guardian and student to meet with an EducationQuest or D2 Center representative and complete the FAFSA

When: Bi-Weekly

Where: At your child's school

Register: See your School Counselor for an appointment

FAFSA Webinars and Tutorials

Learn how to:

  • Create or retrieve your Student Aid Account
  • Complete student and parent demographics
  • Provide income and asset information
  • Sign and submit the FAFSA

When: Weekly and monthly opportunities (English and Spanish)

Where: Online

Register Now


Any student (those interested in attending Metropolitan Community College or ANY college) can get FAFSA help at FAFSA Live Events or via virtual in-person one-on-one appointments.

FAFSA Live Events will be held the second Tuesday and third Saturday in December, January, March, April, May, June, and July. It will also be available EVERY Tuesday and Saturday in February and August. These are located at Fort Omaha Campus, CASC BLDG #23, Room 120A.

Students are required to bring the following for 2022-2023 FAFSA assistance: 

  • Valid Government-issued — photo ID
  • Social Security card
  • Tax Filers — 2020 IRS tax return transcript or 1040 form (if student and/or parent filed taxes)
  • Non Tax Filers — 2020 IRS W2 transcripts or forms (if student and/or parent worked in 2020)
  • FSA ID

FAFSA Resources for DIYers

The 2022-23 FAFSA Demo is ready. The FAFSA Demo is made up of six short videos that walk students and parent/guardian through each section of the 2022-23 FAFSA.