NEVER pay to complete the FAFSA; the FAFSA is always free. As a matter of fact, that’s what the first F stands for: Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
If you plan to submit the form online, be sure to file at FAFSA.gov, and avoid sites that offer to complete and submit your FAFSA for a hefty fee.
Also, be on the lookout for companies that claim they’ll help you with your FAFSA. These companies will often charge you for assistance that you could get for free elsewhere. If you are looking for help with the FAFSA, visit our FAQs page or our resources page to find helpful tips through the process. You can also visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm to find more assistance.