Increase FAFSA Submissions

with These 7 Customizable Templates

Since the beginning of 2020, there has been a slowdown in FASFA submissions nationwide compared to what we would see in a typical year.

Though there are many reasons that students and families do not submit the FAFSA, research suggests that clearer communication, support, and encouragement can help.  Our student communication and financial aid experts have created a suite of content your team can use in your programming with students who are eligible for federal aid. To make the content adaptable and easy to use, we made it editable and included placeholders for logo and branding customization. English and Spanish versions are available for both documents.

We hope your team, your students, and their families will benefit from these tools, which incorporate our financial aid best practices.


Customize These Documents

Watch this video for PDF customization instructions. Here are two methods of saving edited PDFs:

  • In the top menu, select File > Print.
  • Select the PDF printer (The Adobe PDF printer should be installed with Adobe Acrobat. Numerous free PDF printer drivers are also available for download from the internet.)
  • Select Print.
  • Specify location to save the printed, customized version of the form.
  • Select Save.
  • In the top menu bar, select File > Export to.
  • Select export to > Microsoft Word.
  • Specify location to save the document.
  • Optional: In the new Word document, click File > Save As.
  • Choose PDF as the file type in the dropdown.
  • Select Save.
Share These With Your Students!

Help your students navigate FAFSA submission and the financial aid process with our templates. Each can be used as stand-alone content to supplement your existing financial aid resources.

Financial Aid Vocab Cheat Sheet

This glossary explains common acronyms
and terms in the financial aid process.
English | Spanish

The FAFSA: The Most Important
Financial Aid Form You’ll Ever Fill Out

This resource informs students where to get help
filing the FAFSA.
English | Spanish

FAFSA Facts and Fiction: Get the Truth,
and the Money You Need for College

This guide addresses the most common barriers to
filing the FAFSA, especially for lower-income students.
English | Spanish

Six Items and 22 Minutes: All You
Need to Fill out the FAFSA

This resource addresses the misconception that
the FAFSA takes a long time to complete and
requires documentation that is difficult to access.
English | Spanish

Apples to Apples: 4 Steps to 
Finding the Best College Deal

This worksheet helps students calculate and compare
cost for the colleges they're most interested in.
English | Spanish

A Second Look: Appealing Your Aid
Award When Family Finances Shift

This guide addresses the professional judgment/special
circumstances appeal process and how to indicate on
the FAFSA that a parent/guardian is unemployed.
English | Spanish

FAFSA Verification:
Don't Panic and Don't Wait

Simple steps for students selected for the FAFSA
verification process.
English | Spanish