FAFSA Opens October 1
Updated: Sep 27
What is the FASFA???
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is the form that the government and a lot of colleges and universities use to determine how much financial aid college students should receive each year. Even if you don't think you qualify for federal student aid, filling out the FAFSA is often required for some scholarships, grants, work studies, and some student loans. It opens annually on October 1 and filling it out sooner than later can benefit you as some colleges and universities issue their financial aid awards on a first-come-first-served basis. Completing it early also ensures that you don't miss any deadlines.
Completing the FAFSA can appear to be a daunting process (after all, it is a government form). However, to try and make this process easier for you. we have partnered with Going Merry to offer you their version of the form, known as: “FAFSA Made Easier.”
This FAFSA Made Easier form is completely FREE for you to use.
This FAFSA Made Easier form replaces the government version. (You do not need to fill it out on the government website, only on Going Merry.)
Going Merry has strict security protocols, including encryption of all information and safe storage of your personal data. They do NOT sell your data to third parties.
You can see quick-start instructions on how to access it here.
Going Merry’s FAFSA Made Easier will launch on October 12th. Before then, simply sign up for Going Merry. Do NOT start your application on the government website (Going Merry’s form replaces the government version and is much easier to use). Why do they wait and launch theirs on October 12 instead of October 1 when the government website opens? Their experience tells them that in the first two weeks, the FAFSA site often crashes due to the amount of people trying to access it. By waiting until October 12, it gives them time to work the kinks out and get through the mass of applications submitted during that first two weeks. If you have questions about the FAFSA, take a look at Going Merry's FAFSA Knowledge Base.