Common Financial Aid Questions 
Before I apply to college, can I find out the amount of financial aid I might qualify for? 
Go to FAFSA 4caster at to find out an estimate!
I'm a senior.  When and how do I apply for financial aid?  
You may apply for financial aid anytime after January 1 of the senior year.  All seniors begin the financial aid process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form on-line at
In addition to the FAFSA, some schools may require their own  financial aid form(s).  Check with each school for specific requirements.  If the school requires the CSS/Financial Aid Profile form, one can be obtained on-line at
Do I need anything before applying? 
You will need to apply for a secure PIN number.  This is your electronic signature.  Your parents/guardians will need one too.  You will register for these PIN number at
Are there deadlines for applying for financial aid? 
Yes! There are application deadlines for both federal and state financial aid programs.  To see these important dates go to and click on Application Deadlines.
What other tips do I need to remember?  
Save, save, save.  Don't just save your work on the computer, but print out a hard copy of your FAFSA form and PIN number too.  Also, applying for financial aid is free!  Don't let anyone tell you different.
I haven't decided on a school.  Should I still apply for financial aid?  
Yes. You can apply for financial aid even if you haven't decided on a school.  The FAFSA form allows you to list up to 10 schools. 
Where can I find other information about financial aid?
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

American Education Service
U.S. Department of Education
Pennsylvania's 529 College Savings Program
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