Jan 02, 2024

Question of the Day: What's the average time to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

The saying goes: "time is money." When it comes to filling out the FAFSA, how much of your time will it take to get that money?

Answer: Under an hour

A hand holding a small white alarm clock.Photo by Lukas Blazek on Unsplash



  • What’s the benefit of completing the FAFSA?
  • Billions of dollars in federal financial aid are lost by not completing the FAFSA. What do you think are the challenges to completing this important form?
  • What is one question that you have about the FAFSA?


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Behind the numbers (Federal Student Aid):

"Most people take less than an hour to complete and submit a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. This includes gathering any needed documents or data, completing and reviewing the application, and reading the important information on the "Confirmation" page. You'll receive the “Confirmation” page after you sign and submit your FAFSA form.

Independent students who don’t need to provide parental information and students who are doing a FAFSA renewal take even less time."


Check out NGPF's Paying for College unit to find resources on the FAFSA and more.


MOVE: The Net Price of College is an activity that will get your students out of their seat to learn about what they'll actually pay to attend certain schools.

About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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