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What is the FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for "Free Application for Federal Student Aid". In order to receive any type of federal financial assistance, you must complete a FAFSA for each year you are attending school.

In Rhode Island, your FAFSA also serves as your application for state aid programs, including the RI State Grant Program and the Academic Promise Scholarship. When you complete your FAFSA and list Rhode Island as your legal state of residency, your FAFSA data will be transmitted electronically to RIHEAA so that you can be automatically considered for these programs.