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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is a part of the U.S. Department of Education. The office of Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation, offering more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students.

before you file

Gather your and your parent’s (if applicable) prior year’s tax information, W2 forms, and other records of income. You can see a full list at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You can also estimate the tax information if you have not yet filed.

File the FAFSA

  • File your FAFSA, available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Complete all sections about you, your school plans, and financial information.
  • List Northland College. Our school code is 003875.
  • Enter your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Remember to include your parent’s FSA ID or your FAFSA will be rejected.
  • Print out and keep a copy of your submitted information for your records.

After you file

  • You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Check it for accuracy and follow up on any requests for additional information.
  • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated from information you provided on the FAFSA and is listed on your SAR. The EFC is the amount your family is expected to contribute to your education for the upcoming year.
  • 30% of FAFSA’s are selected for verification by the federal government. If selected, you will be required to complete a verification worksheet and submit tax documents to the financial aid office.
  • Your financial aid award will be mailed to you. Upon receiving this, you will need to accept or decline any aid.

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