Filing the FAFSA: Why Is It Important?

Category: Foundation

Mary Kate Smith

Gamma, Butler

Here at Theta Foundation, we are busy preparing for the 2021 Scholarship Application to open in January! While this may seem far-off right now, there are certain things you can do in advance to make sure you submit a complete application, especially if you plan to apply for need-based scholarships.

Theta Foundation’s scholarship application requires need-based applicants to submit a copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR), which is emailed to you 3-5 days after submitting your FAFSA online. If you want to be considered for need-based scholarships, it’s important that you submit your FAFSA as soon as possible so that you receive your SAR before our application deadline, not to mention to ensure you are considered for first-come, first-served federal, state, and institutional aid!

The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available on October 1, 2020. If you haven’t yet submitted your FAFSA for the upcoming academic year, don’t delay! Check out the resources below to help you complete the form.

  • Filing the FAFSA: A Quick and Easy Guide for the 2021-2022 FAFSA: Learn from financial aid experts in this interactive guide that was created with students and parents in mind, helping take the guesswork out of filing the FAFSA. The guide provides answers to common questions, filing tips, and helpful how-to videos that make filing the FAFSA a breeze.
  • U.S. Department of Education Resources: The Department of Education offers resources in a variety of formats (and languages!) to help answer your specific questions. Scroll down to the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Information” section of this webpage to explore topics such as Expected Family Contribution (EFC), determining dependency status, creating and accessing your FSA ID, and what to expect after you file.

If you have questions about filing the FAFSA or your eligibility for financial aid, please contact a financial aid representative at your school for more information.