Resources & Information

What to Bring to a FAFSA Completion Event Flyer

What to Bring to a FAFSA Completion Event Flyer (Spanish)

Both parents and students should come prepared with:

From tax year 2022

  • Federal tax return forms & wage statements (W-2 or other)
  • For military families – Leave and Earnings Statement (student and/or parent) for any month in 2022

Information on

  • Child Support received
  • Federal Benefits received

Current Statements

  • Checking accounts
  • Savings accounts
  • Other asset accounts
  • Investment records
  • 529 plan record (or other prepaid
  •   college accounts)

Understanding FAFSA (2023)

Do you need money to go to college?  This is the first step if you want financial aid from the federal and state government or most colleges. Filling out the FAFSA can be overwhelming. Don’t worry. There is a lot of help!

Click here to download the PDF.


Preparing for College: Guide & Workbook
(VA 2023-2024)

⇒ Estimating your college costs
⇒ Tips for completing FASFA
⇒ Finding scholarships
⇒ and more

Download the PDF now! (English) (Spanish)

Please check with your individual colleges to confirm their deadlines.  Many deadlines have been changed for the 2024-25 FAFSA.

Virginia Public School Financial Aid Deadlines and Codes

Virginia Private School Financial Aid Deadlines and Codes

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid


Creating an FSA ID (Powerpoint)

How to complete FAFSA if your contributor does not have a Social Security Number

To see whether your FSA ID has been verified:

Once logged into the FSA go to Settings (either the link on the dashboard or hover over your name and click). Then click Personal Information and at the top of the page and at the top of the page above your name it will read Matched, Not Matched, or Pending.

Paper FAFSA (English) (Spanish)

Identity Attestation Form for Parents with no Social Security Number

Who is my Parent Contributor? Youtube Videos

Are You Eligible to Complete the FAFSA Form to Qualify for Federal Aid?

Top Ten Changes to the 2024-25 FAFSA for Seniors Graduating in 2024

FAFSA Simplification Sheet (2024-25 FAFSA) – learn about the revised FAFSA

Learn About Creating an FSA ID – English (NEW)

Create your FSA ID here

How to Request a Transcript of Prior Year’s Tax Returns

CSS Profile:

An additional financial aid form for select colleges.

Please note:  Our primary focus at CAF is to complete FAFSA and VASA with students and their families, explain the financial aid process, and help students review potential scholarships.  Below are some excellent resources for understanding CSS Profile completion.  The form and its embedded question support is excellent.  If someone has difficulty once they have viewed these supports and have attempted the CSS Profile form,  they can reach out to us and we can take a look at individual questions with them.

Learn More About the CSS Profile (MEFA webinar video)

List of Schools that require the CSS Profile

Complete the CSS Profile online

CSS Profile Checklist (Prepare to complete the CSS Profile)