Unless their parents have somehow saved enough money—or earn massive salaries—most students need to borrow to pay for college today. Working your way through college is also largely a thing of the past. Few students can make enough to pay for college while they’re also taking classes. For that reason, student loans (and debt) have become increasingly common. Here’s what you need to know about applying
Step By Step Guide To Apply For Student Loan.
Step 1: Fill Out the FAFSA
The first step in applying for student loans is to fill out the government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA asks a series of questions about the student’s and parents’ income and investments, in addition to other relevant matters. Based on the information you supply, the FAFSA will calculate your Student Aid Index (SAI), formerly known as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). That’s the amount of money the government believes you should be able to pay for college for the coming school year out of your own financial resources.
You can complete the FAFSA online at the office of the Federal Student Aid website.1 To save time, round up all of your account information before you sit down to start work on it. You must not only complete the FAFSA when you first apply for aid but every year after that if you hope to continue receiving aid.