Financial Aid

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Tips for Completing the FAFSA

Before filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at, you should first request a PIN number. For Dependent students, at least one parent must apply for a pin number to complete the electronic application.  You can apply for this PIN number at

For most students, the FAFSA will be the only requirement for financial aid. A small percentage of all FAFSAs filed will be selected for a process called verification. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, we will request additional information from you before the federal, state, and institutional financial aid on your Award Letter can be finalized. (Returning students: verification must be complete before you can receive your initial Award Letter.)

Here are some helpful resources regarding the FAFSA and financial aid:

  • Applying for Aid - a specific how-to for BW students and families
  • Cash for College - an overview of the types of aid available and explains how the process works.
  • Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Student Aid - includes information on the most common errors applicants make when completing the FAFSA and how to avoid them. Also has tips on what documents are necessary for successful FAFSA completion and links to free resources.
  • 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA (courtesy of UC-Santa Barbara)
  • Tips for Using FAFSA on the Web:
    • Save frequently using the "Save" button at the bottom of the screen.
    • To clear your form, use the "Exit" button. Proceed with caution - selecting this button and then clicking on "ok" will erase every answer you've given.
    • Don't use the navigation buttons on your browser (back, forward, reload, stop). Only use the "Next" and "Previous" buttons at the bottom of each page.
    • An index of help topics is available by clicking on the "Help" button.
    • The Federal Student Aid Information Center can be contacted at 1-800-4-Fed-Aid
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