FAFSA: Finding financial aid

1:39 PM ET Fri, 27 Sept 2019

Before filling out a college application, there's another form prospective students should complete first. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For the 2020-2021 school year, FAFSA is the first step towards qualifying for grants, loans and work-study programs to help pay for college. Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson explains why it's important to apply as quickly as you can once applications are accepted on October 1.