Overview: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid provides videos, forms, and enough information on the studentaid.ed.gov website to guide you through each step of competing and submitting your FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is not a complicated process, however, due to not fully understanding some of the questions, many students experience frustration and fail to properly complete and submit their FAFSA in a timely manner. This activity provides links to information that should answer most questions. The FAFSA filing period opens on October 1. Some institutions begin awarding their limited funds as soon as FAFSAs and financial aid applications are received. Delays in submitting a FAFSA can result in a student being offered a greater amount in student loans and lessor amount in institutional grants and scholarships. “Why You Should Fill Out the FAFSA ASAP” provides important information.