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How long does it take to complete a FAFSA application?

The time it takes to complete a FAFSA application will vary from applicant to applicant. This is because different applicants are required to answer different numbers of questions, some applicants will have all of the necessary resources on hand before they start and some won't, and simply because some people work faster than others.

Our recommendation is to gather the following resources before you begin:

  • Identification information such as your Social Security Number, driver's license or state ID card, and alien registration or permanent resident card if applicable.
  • Income information and tax forms such as your W-2, recent pay stub, and last year's taxes filed such as form 1040, 1040A, or 1040 EZ.
  • Untaxed income records such as child support received, worker's compensation, and veteran's non-education benefits.
  • Current bank statement, business records, and stock, bond, and other investment records.

You can then expect possibly a 30 minute experience to enter your answers for all FAFSA application fields. We also offer phone support to even walk you through each question if you desire. As a FAFSA preparation and filing service, we use our expertise in the process to help customers prepare and file the application as quickly and accurately as possible, saving you valuable time.

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