FAFSA Assistance

TRIO EOC DSW provides free assistance in-person or via Zoom to help you complete and submit your FAFSA application accurately.
  • Our Academic Advisors receive annual training on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  • We can assist you and your parent(s) with completing and submitting your FAFSA accurately.
  • With a FAFSA you are applying for a Pell Grant, student loan and/or work-study.
    • A Pell Grant is money from the government that does not have to be repaid as long as you are making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • TRIO EOC is happy to assist and all services are free

See Schedule Your FAFSA Appointment below to schedule your free in-person or online via Zoom one-on-one appointment with a TRIO EOC Academic Advisor.

Before you schedule your appointment, be sure to read the following about what you will need to bring to your appointment to complete your FAFSA, including an FSA ID.

What is FAFSA?

  • FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA┬«).
  • Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.
  • In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

Source: fafsa.gov

What to Bring to Complete Your FAFSA

For both in-person and online appointments via Zoom, you will need the following information:

Students Must Bring the Following:

  1. Your FSA ID (Federal Student Aid Identification) if you have created one
    1. See "Creating Your FSA ID" below
  2. Your social security number
  3. Your date of birth
  4. Federal income tax return (if filed) and W-2 form(s) - see "What Tax Information to Bring" below
  5. Eligible non-citizens must bring one of the following:
    • Permanent resident card or I-94 from the Dept. of Homeland Security or other government document

Students Under 24 Who Are Not Married and Do Not Have Children Must Also Bring the Following:

  1. Bring a parent with you and bring that parent's FSA ID (Federal Student Aid Identification) if they created one
    1. See "Creating Your FSA ID" below
  2. Parent's social security number
  3. Parents date of birth
  4. Parent's federal income tax return (if filed) and W-2 form(s) - see "What Tax Information to Bring" below
  5. Child support paid or received
  6. Month/year your parents were married, separated, divorced or widowed

What Tax Information to Bring

2023-2024 School Year

  1. 2021 Federal income tax return and W-2 form(s)
  2. Any child support paid or received in 2021

2024-2025 School Year

High school seniors graduating in May 2024 use this information

  1. 2022 Federal income tax return and W-2 form(s)
  2. Any child support paid or received in 2022

Creating Your FSA ID

Your FSA ID (Federal Student Aid Identification) is used to confirm your identity and electronically sign your FAFSA.

What You Need to Create Your FSA ID

You will need an FSA ID to login to your FAFSA account and electronically sign your application. All students must create an FSA ID. Students who are under 24, not married and don't have children will also need a parent to create an FSA ID.

The following information is required to create an FSA ID:

  1. Username
  2. Password
  3. Verified email
  4. Verified phone number
  5. Answers to four challenge questions. (TIP: A good challenge question has a one word answer)

Important Considerations

  • Be sure your social security number is correct
  • Double check your spelling on everything
  • Use a personal email address. Do not use your school email
  • Students and parents must each have their own email
  • Students and parents must each have their own phone number

FSA ID Support

For additional support with your FSA ID see studentaid.gov or call 1-800-433-3242.

Schedule Your FAFSA Assistance Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a TRIO EOC DSW academic advisor in-person or via Zoom, see the following:

In-Person

Douglas County

To schedule, email melodyl@ku.edu. 

Shawnee County

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Wyandotte County

Kansas City Community College
Donnelly College
  • Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Main Building, Student Services Suite, Room 114, 608 N. 18th Street, Kansas City, KS 66102
  • Google Map to Donnelly College

Zoom Appointments

Douglas and Shawnee County Residents

Wyandotte County Residents


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