Which is the Real FAFSA web site?
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By Mark Kantrowitz

September 25, 2020

Many websites claim that you can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through them. But, there is only one real FAFSA web site, and it is the one that is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Don’t Pay Nothing to Nobody to File the FAFSA

As the form’s name suggests, the FAFSA is a free form. 

You should not have to pay anybody to file the form. 

If you are asked to pay money, even for a value-added service like increasing eligibility for financial aid or help appealing for more financial aid, it is a sign that the website is not the one, true FAFSA web site. 

Where Can You Find the Official FAFSA?

The official FAFSA web site is available at fafsa.ed.gov. There’s a shortcut at fafsa.gov that directs you to the same official FAFSA web site. Either of these domain names will work. 

Both of these web addresses take you to a URL on the studentaid.ed.gov web site. But, the full URL is a bit long, so it is easier to just remember to go to fafsa.ed.gov or fafsa.gov. The .gov top-level domain name tells you that it is an official government web site. 

There is also an official FAFSA App called myStudentAid which you can download for free on Apple (iOs) and Android devices.

Beware of Fake FAFSA Web Sites

If a web site’s domain name ends in .com, .org, .co or anything other than .gov, it is not the official government FAFSA web site. 

Do not share your FSA ID with anybody other than the official FAFSA web site. 

Also be careful about submitting personal private information through a non-government web site, as there’s a risk of identity theft. 

If you shared your FSA ID with the wrong web site, call the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-730-8913 or 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) to have them reset your FSA ID. They may ask you to send them proof of your identity, such as a copy of a government-issued photo ID card or a copy of your Social Security Card. 

A good place to start:

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