College Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

Beginning Oct. 1, you can apply for federal, state and college-based financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easy, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college.

Here’s how you can prepare:

  • Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID for you and one for a parent at You and a parent will each need a FSA ID to access and sign the FAFSA.
  • Be aware of your college’s FASFA priority date. Complete your FAFSA before that date as some financial aid is awarded first come, first served. Contact your college’s financial aid office to learn their priority date.
  • See FAFSA Tools at for free tools that will help you prepare. You will find helpful demos, videos and tutorials to assist in the process. For free personal help, call the EducationQuest location nearest you to make an appointment: Omaha – 888.357.6300, Lincoln – 800.303.3745.

More information and links are available on Naviance Student.

Financial Aid for College

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on the Web: This site explains how to complete the Free Application for Student Aid.

FAFSA PIN: Needed to apply on-line.

CSS/PROFILE: Required by some colleges for financial aid.

EducationQuest Foundation: A great web site for help with the financial aid process. The site also includes many college planning tools and a scholarship search. Click here for the Education Quest College Planning Bulletin.

Scholarship Scams: The Federal Trade Commission established this site to help protect you. Here is another site to help you steer clear of scams.

FastWeb: Find scholarship money for a college, over 1.3 million scholarship possibilities.

Collegeboard Scholarship Search: Thousands of sources, matches students with scholarships.

Federal Student Aid: