FAFSA4caster is a free financial aid calculator that gives you
an early estimate of your eligibility forfederal student aid.
This information helps student and their families plan ahead for
college. You must use the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)
to apply for aid once you’ve decided to apply for admission and attend
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FAFSA4caster is for anyone who is not yet ready to file a FAFSA. You do not have to be a high school senior to use FAFSA4caster; in fact, the tool is recommended for juniors, and even as early as
Parents of younger students can use the tool to receive early estimates, create scenarios based on future earnings, and then establish
college funding strategies. Adult students also can useFAFSA4caster to
get an idea of what aid they might receive.
In FAFSA4caster, you answer financial and other questions that are used to estimate your federal student aid eligibility. You may be able to answer most of the questions easily, but some of the questions may ask you to reference your personal records (for instance, your federal tax information or your bank statements). For each item, you should use the most current information you have. Be sure to answer all the questions on FAFSA4caster, even if you have to estimate or guess.
When you submit FAFSA4caster, the tool displays a
worksheet to help you determine the net cost of attending your chosen
school. Here’s what you can expect to see on the worksheet:
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