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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is used by colleges and the federal government to determine your eligibility for grants, need-based scholarships, loans, and work-study programs.

At Queens, we know navigating financial aid can be tough. The current challenges related to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) have only made it tougher. What you can be sure of is that Queens is here to support you. Our team of financial aid experts are on top of all of the ongoing changes, and our enrollment team is ready to walk you and your family through each step of the process.

The Department of Education has started to release FAFSA information to colleges and universities. Our team is working hard to send financial aid notices to all eligible students. The Department has also announced that some FAFSAs have been affected by inadvertent errors in Department of Education calculations. As such, colleges and universities will continue to receive updated FAFSAs throughout the coming weeks and months.

Many students are also experiencing issues logging into their already submitted FAFSA to make needed corrections. This function should be available by the end of May. If you need to make a correction to your FAFSA and have questions about the implications of those corrections, please reach out to our team.

Rest assured, as soon as Queens has your most updated FAFSA, we will be communicating with you as soon as possible regarding your financial aid eligibility.

Some students and families are facing challenges with the FAFSA website, and it can be unclear if your FAFSA has been received and processed by the Department of Education. A list of known FAFSA issues and reaching out directly to Federal Student Aid are a great way to get your questions answered.

As soon as the Department releases FAFSA data to Queens, we will be able to communicate with you directly on the status of your submission.

Despite changes to the new FAFSA that are intended to remove barriers for non-citizen parents and students, many families are unable to submit their FAFSA when a parent is unable to indicate a social security number. To families in this situation, know that the Department of Education is working to fix these issues, and know that Queens will be ready to support you and your family in finding the best financial path for you at Queens.

How the FAFSA Works

Completing the FAFSA

While it may seem overwhelming, the FAFSA is as simple as following prompts and answering a few questions. The application opens each year on October 1. Each school and some states have their own priority deadlines as well. Check out our helpful information and video instructions!