Can I Get Professional Assistance with my FAFSA application for a fee?

Yes, hiring a professional to assist with the FAFSA is an option and is not mandatory.  You may be charged a reasonable fee for the professional time and other expenses in helping you prepare the application.  It is recommended to ask the price up front before you provide your sensitive information to the preparer.  Remember the FAFSA application can be completed online for free. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.  We can assist you with the application for a minimum fee.  Call us at 301-962-1700.

If someone charges a fee to help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you should tell that person to list him or herself as a “preparer” at the end of your FAFSA. The preparer should provide his or her Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) to verify that the information reported is correct to the best of his or her knowledge.

Remember that the FAFSA is completely FREE. You do not have to pay anyone to fill it out for you. Here are some free tools to help you fill out the FAFSA:

  • Contact the financial aid office at your college.
  • Click Need Help? at the bottom of any FAFSA on the Web entry page.
  • Read the Help & Hints located on the right side of any FAFSA on the Web entry page.
  • Contact our Federal Student Aid Information Center by clicking the link in the “Contact Us” section of our “Help” page.

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