Education is a powerful tool that can help you overcome the challenges of your past and build a brighter future. There are many people who want to help you succeed, including financial aid providers, colleges and universities, and other organizations. In fact, the federal government has made it easier for formerly incarcerated individuals to qualify for financial aid.
The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You can complete the FAFSA online by clicking here.
You can submit a completed FAFSA online by creating an account on the FAFSA website. To do this, you will need to provide your Social Security number, date of birth, and other personal information. If you need to obtain any identification documentation, visit our Get Started page for more information and to locate an office in your area.
If you do not have an email address, you can print and mail the FAFSA. You can also get a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-433-3243 or by visiting your local library or college financial aid office.
Once you have completed the FAFSA, you can mail it to:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
P.O. Box 1855
Montgomery, AL 36101-1855
Here are some quick tips for completing the FAFSA:
- Include all your income and assets information.
- Answer all questions honestly.
- If you are unsure about how to answer a question, leave it blank.
- If completing online, you can save your FAFSA and come back to it later.
Once you complete the FAFSA, you will be notified of your eligibility for financial aid. The FAFSA is a long form, but it is important to complete it carefully. If you have any questions, you can contact the FAFSA helpline at 1-800-433-3243.
We wish you all the best in your educational journey!
Please note that the availability of financial aid for formerly incarcerated individuals may vary depending on the state and the institution.