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Why do I need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if Futures for Frontliners is tuition-free?
Futures for Frontliners is a last-dollar program. That means that any Pell Grant funds and tuition-restricted scholarships or awards (with the exception of the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)) you receive are applied to your tuition and fees bill first, with Futures for Frontliners paying the remaining in-district tuition, mandatory fees, or contact hours not covered.
Having your FAFSA completed means that any federal or other state aid you receive will be applied to your student account first before Futures for Frontliners - it also means you must be eligible for federal student aid to receive Futures for Frontliners. If you don't qualify for any federal or other state aid, Futures for Frontliners will cover the full cost of in-district tuition, mandatory fees, and contact hours, but you must still complete a FAFSA.
Check out the "Funding and Costs" section of the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about what this scholarship covers and doesn't cover