The College of Idaho strongly encourages all students and families to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be filed each year in order to determine a student’s eligibility for any type of federal aid, including loans, grants and work-study; need-based institutional aid; and select other scholarships or awards.
To speed up FAFSA processing, our Title IV school code is 001617.
Why Should I Fill Out the FAFSA?
If you don’t fill out the FAFSA you could be missing out on a lot of financial aid! We’ve heard a number of reasons students think they shouldn’t or don't need to complete the FAFSA. Here are a few of the most common:
- I (or my parents) make too much money, so I won’t qualify for aid.
- Only students with good grades get financial aid.
- The FAFSA is too hard to fill out.
- I’m too old to qualify for financial aid.
If you think any of these statements apply to you then you should read a few Myths About Financial Aid. The reality is that everyone should fill out the FAFSA every year.
Need More Help?
The FAFSA website includes links to information and videos all about the FAFSA, how it works, what's it's for, and what you need to do. If you're not sure where to go next, start here. If you still need help please contact us and we'll do our best to answer your questions.
- The FAFSA: the Most Important Financial Aid Form You’ll Ever Fill Out (PDF)
- FAFSA Facts and Fiction: Get the Truth – and the Money You Need for College (PDF)
- Six Items and 22 Minutes: All You Need to Fill Out the FAFSA (PDF)
- Financial Aid Vocab Cheat Sheet (PDF)
- Apples to Apples: 3 Steps to Finding the Best College Deal (PDF)
- FAFSA Verification: Don’t Panic and Don’t Wait (PDF)
- Parent PLUS Loans: Are They Right for You? (PDF)
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