Guild Voices: A recipe for quick and easy FAFSA completion

Recipe Overview

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is pretty much what it sounds like – a free application that determines your eligibility for federal student aid. Even if your employer is paying for your tuition, the FAFSA is a required component of your college application.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour or less
Serves: 1 student
Estimated cost: Free! (The first “F” in FAFSA is for Free. If a website asks you to pay to fill it out – you’re not in the right place.)


  • Computer
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you’re not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A FSA ID to sign electronically (See directions for how to obtain)
  • Idea of which program you would like to apply to


Prepare your work space. Clear off your kitchen table, desk, or coffee table. Brew a nice cup of tea or coffee (whatever suits your fancy).

Assemble your ingredients

Ready to put your application together? You’ll need financial records like tax returns and bank statements, as well as your Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number (if you are not a US citizen). See the ingredients list for the full summary of required materials.


  1. Visit
    • You may enter the website as a new or returning user.
  2. Log in to the FAFSA by entering your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password.
    • Don’t know what this is? Don’t have one? Don’t worry — you can create one quickly and easily during the log in process.
  3. Complete the FAFSA form.
    • Using your W2s, tax returns, and other financial records, fill out the application information and follow the prompts on the screen. Should take an hour or less. Note: If you’re asked for your “Expected Family Contribution” or your “Estimated Pell” amount you can enter a 0 if you either don’t know or don’t receive anything.
  4. Submit the FAFSA form.
    • After submitting the form, upload a screenshot of your completion confirmation to your Guild application.
  5. Let cool and serve.
    • After submitting the FAFSA, it will take 3-5 days for the U.S. Department of Education to process it. After this processing period, you will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes the information you provided on the FAFSA.

Recipe Modifications

You can always log back into your FAFSA to make changes like adding or removing colleges, changing your email or mailing address, or correcting any field other than your Social Security Number.

To make corrections, click the Login button on the FAFSA home page, log into FAFSA on the web, and then click Make FAFSA Corrections.

FAFSA Kitchen Glossary

FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FSA = Federal Student Aid (Often seen in the context of FSA ID)
SAR = Student Aid Report
EFC = Expected Family Contribution


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Written by Carlee Flynn
Student Success Advisor
Leave a comment 2 Comments
  • L. Bernard says:

    I know applying for FAFSA is a serious business getting ready for College but Guild Education made it sound so funny. I love it! I took a picture of the recipe and should try it soon. Thank you Carlee Flynn for sharing.

  • Larry G Ray says:

    I don’t know if I need to do this. I am already enrolled for management and leadership classes.

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