The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria

Federal Aid Information

What is FAFSA?

FAFSA Super Saturday 2008

Staff and volunteers help students complete FAFSA.

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA establishes a student's eligibility to receive federal, state, and private student financial aid. Federal student financial aid means grant, loan and work-study money for your education from the federal government. Federal student assistance programs can help pay for post-secondary education at an accredited college, technical, or vocational school. Students who wish to apply for need-based scholarships from the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria must first submit the FAFSA. The FAFSA can be submitted at www.FAFSA.ed.Gov.

How does the program work?

The government takes the information you submit on the FAFSA and determines what your family is expected to be able to pay for your post-secondary education. A report of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is then sent to you and, at your request, the institutions to which you have applied for admission. Once you have been accepted, the institution develops a financial aid package for you that may include federal grants, loans, work-study money, and, perhaps, a state or institutional grant. Add these to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and, the hope is, that you have the funds to pay for one year of schooling. If, as often happens, there is a gap between the financial aid you have put together and the cost of college, one source of additional funds is The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.

Who is eligible to submit the FAFSA?

Anyone may apply who is a citizen of the USA, a lawful resident, or a resident with asylum/refugee status. If you are uncertain about your eligibility to file, please come by the Scholarship Fund office and we will help.

Where and when can I get the FAFSA application?

Information on filling out the FAFSA is available in the Scholarship Fund Office (A-121) and on the Internet at The FAFSA worksheets are available in the Scholarship Fund Office beginning in December of each year.  Additional help is available online or at 1-800-433-3243 or 1-800-4-Fed Aid.

How do I fill out the FAFSA form?

Line by line help filling out the FAFSA form will be offered at a workshop each December at T.C. Williams, sponsored by the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria. Help is also available in the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria office at any time. We also provide FAFSA completion workshops in January and February each year. Please check out our Upcoming Events page for the dates each year.

When should I submit the FAFSA form?

The completed application should be submitted as soon after January 1 as you are able. We recommend February 1 at the latest. If you do not have complete tax information for the current tax year by February 1, you should submit the FAFSA based on estimates from your wage and tax statements. Be sure to follow up with corrections as soon as you have filed your current year taxes. If you need help or have questions about the FAFSA, please come to the Scholarship Fund office, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or call us at 703-824-6730.  You may also email questions to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .