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2. Apply for Financial Aid

Helpful Hints for Applying

  • Be sure to complete all required forms by the deadlines.
  • Complete all questions accurately; plan to meet early deadlines, if applicable.
  • Don't wait until you are admitted to file the FAFSA.
  • Keep a copy of all documents for your records.
  • Use your full legal name -- no nicknames -- on all applications.
  • The name on your application must match the name on your Social Security card.


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24-25 State Aid Chart 24-25 Student Aid Account Worksheet English 24-25 Student Aid Account Worksheet Spanish

Use the FAFSA in Five Steps, FAFSA Facts, and Account Worksheet in English or Spanish to guide you through the FAFSA process .



Visit to find helpful information, resources and videos for FAFSA completion.

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OCAP believes that financial literacy and understanding the financial aid process are critical aspects of college planning and student success. OCAP staff who work with students, parents, educators and community partners in the areas of personal finance education, state and federal financial aid, and student loan management do not provide financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice. This website and all information provided is for general educational purposes only, and is not intended to be construed as financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice.