The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your key to unlocking a world of financial opportunities at Bushnell University. By completing the FAFSA, you open doors to federal grants, loans, and work-study programs, ensuring that your academic aspirations are supported by the resources you need. Let us guide you through the FAFSA process, demystifying the steps and empowering you to access the financial aid that will make your education dreams a reality.

Navigating FAFSA

To guarantee a smooth journey through the process, we’ve crafted a comprehensive step-by-step guide that will empower you to navigate the FAFSA effortlessly and with confidence.

FAFSA Website

Step 1: Gather Your Documents

Before diving into the FAFSA, gather the necessary documents to streamline your application process. Here’s your checklist: 

  • FSA ID and password 
  • Your (the student’s) Social Security number 
  • List of colleges you’re applying to 
  • 2022 Federal Tax Returns 
  • Current asset information (cash, savings, checking; net worth of businesses and investments) 
  • Amount of annual child support received 
  • If dependent, parent’s details (DOB, SSN, marital status, etc.) 
  • If applicable, spouse or partner’s details (SSN, DOB, email) 

Step 2: Start the FAFSA

Head to studentaid.gov to initiate the application process. This marks the beginning of your journey to unlock valuable financial aid opportunities.

Step 3: IRS Direct Data Exchange (DDX)

FAFSA requires students and families consent to an IRS Data Transfer.  The tool provides a smoother and more efficient FAFSA process. It’s a game-changer that simplifies the verification of your financial information. 

Step 4: Review and Submit

Before hitting the submit button, take a moment to review your FAFSA. Ensure all information is accurate and up-to-date to avoid any hiccups down the road. 

Step 5: Check Your Submission Summary

After submitting, review your FAFSA Submission Summary. This snapshot will give you peace of mind, knowing that everything is in order. 

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