Education grants can be applied for by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applying online at the official FAFSA website at FAFSA.ed.gov is recommended. Grants are needs-based and can be supplied by a number of different bodies, ranging from local government to state level.
How to apply for FAFSA using the official website:
- Acquire a personal identification number (PIN) for the website and application
- Collect the relevant documents and information Applying for FAFSA requires a variety of information, including the Social Security numbers of both the applicant and the applicant's parents, as well as tax information for both the student (if applicable) and the parents. Any savings information must also be submitted as well as records of any investments. All of this information must be supported with the proper documentation.
- Use the help and hints available on the FAFSA site
The PIN is essential to the online application process, as it takes the place of a personal signature. A PIN can be applied for at pin.ed.gov.
There are a number of features built into the FAFSA site which means advice is always on hand for applicants having trouble with the procedure. Live chat is available with technical support staff, and clicking on the "Need help" button at the bottom of each page provides access to help menus.