Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)

Financial aid is money to help pay for college or career school. Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make college or career school affordable.

How to Complete Your FAFSA Application through GoingMerry (Webinar Recording)

Here are some useful materials that you can share with your Class of 2022 students and parents:

FAFSA®: It’s the last step!

We’ve now submitted your FAFSA® to the federal government. However, to receive your financial aid funds, you and your parents must sign it, on the official FAFSA® website. Your application is not considered complete without these signatures.

Here’s what to do – Everything should take less than 5 minutes:

1. Create your “FSA ID” here at

Your FSA ID is your official FAFSA® username and password. Make sure you use the same exact legal name (spelling) as what you used for your FAFSA: Kimberly Soto. And if you already have an FSA ID, just use that one.

Need more help? See detailed instructions & screenshots here.

2. Log in to your FAFSA® at here using your FSA ID.

Select that you are a student, and then enter your FSA ID and password.

3. Click on the “PROVIDE SIGNATURES” button.

When you sign it, it should say your status is “On Hold – Missing Signatures.” Click on the big “Provide signatures” button.

Need more help? See detailed instructions & screenshots here.

4. Choose “Provide student signature,” check the box, and sign.

In this step, you’ll be agreeing to several paragraphs of text. Basically, you are confirming that you are indeed the student, and that all the information you’ve reported is correct to the best of your knowledge.

5. Ask your parent Jessica to create a FSA ID, also at

Just like step #1 – Your parents will need to create their own FSA ID, again using the same exact legal name that appears on your FAFSA: Jessica Velasquez. If they already have one, they can use that one. Your parents cannot use your FSA ID.

6. On your FAFSA, choose “Provide parent signature.”

Just like step # 4 – This time you choose “parent signature.” Your parent will need to enter their FSA ID and password, and then check the box to sign.

Once you’ve signed, your FAFSA® will be processed. This should take between 3-5 days , and you’ll get email updates directly from the federal government. Any colleges you listed on the FAFSA® will also receive a copy of your answers and offer you financial aid based on your FAFSA®.

Tracking Financial Aid Applications on GoingMerry – Guidelines and Resources: